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Offline Bob Dwyer

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How much powder?
« on: February 08, 2021, 04:30:04 PM »
Hi, gents. How much powder should I expect to use in my Pietta 1860 Army? The gent that sold it to me gave me a pound and a half of Pyrodex P. What would be a good starting load, and should there  be a do not exceed load for this gun? Thanks
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Re: How much powder?
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2021, 05:32:45 PM »
Steel frame 30-35 grains. brass frame 15-20 grains max. You're not going to overload a steel frame with bp or subs.
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Re: How much powder?
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2021, 05:54:34 PM »
Steel frame 30-35 grains. brass frame 15-20 grains max. You're not going to overload a steel frame with bp or subs.

Thanks, Hawg.
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Re: How much powder?
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2021, 06:21:35 PM »
Hawg nailed it (as usual). Basically, you can't overload a steel framed gun with BP or subs to do any damage. Your accuracy may suffer, and if the ball protrudes even a smidge you'll lock it up.
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Re: How much powder?
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2021, 08:12:37 PM »
Thank you gents

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Re: How much powder?
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2021, 05:20:05 AM »
The link below lists various loads for 36 and 44. Notice the velocity difference with the same charge just using a larger diameter ball.

http://poconoshooting.com/blackpowderballistics.html