Need a little advice please.Is FFF okay for 50 caliber inline and 44 caliber cap and ball?Thanks
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October 12, 2011, 07:45 PM
Also anyone have a good load for the TC Texas Scout rifle?
October 12, 2011, 07:54 PM
fff will work in a cap and ball revolver. It's main uses are for 44. caliber and smaller. Real black powder or a substitute will work perfect. However I can't say for a 50 inline. I know ff will work in it and some people use ff in pistols.
October 12, 2011, 08:23 PM
Generally speaking, FFFg is for handguns, and FFg is for rifles. That said, there are guys over on the MuzzleLoadingForum who use FFFg for everything. Some use it both in the barrel and the pan in their flintlocks. So it will work in your inline. Can't help you with a load, though. It'll be a bit faster burning than FFg, so I'd lower your starting load a bit and work up.
October 12, 2011, 08:31 PM
Thanks again Legionnaire,FFF is all I could find at home and all the sporting goods and guns shops only have the pellets.Would ground up triple seven pellets fire with a number 11 cap?
October 12, 2011, 09:41 PM
I use 3f in my revolvers (.44's), in my side locks (.45's and .50's), and in my inline (.50).
What you need to do is work up a good load with any different powder you may be using. I doubt that 150 years ago mountain men carried multiple powder granulations. As for grinding pellets......I wouldn't if I were you.
October 12, 2011, 10:02 PM
You may find FFF doesn't give the best accuracy in .50 and above rifles, it generates quite a bit of pressure and may strip the patch on the rifling / tear the patch. FF is more forgiving this way.
October 12, 2011, 10:08 PM
Would ground up triple seven pellets fire with a number 11 cap?
A #11 cap should work but that is a very expensive way to shoot. Pellets generally cost MUCH more than loose powder on a pound-for-pound basis. ALWAYS get loose powder unless you truly crave the convenience of the pellets.
Depending upon the flash channel characteristics of your rifle, you may need a #11 magnum cap for reliable ignition.
You mentioned 3fg "powder", not making the distinction between real black powder and one of the subs. If you have real black, I suggest it would serve your needs well.
October 12, 2011, 10:35 PM
Agree with Acorn. I was assuming black powder (I shoot Goex), not Pyrodex or one of the other substitutes. Your #11 should ignite true black without problem.
October 12, 2011, 11:10 PM
I prefer real black powder but couldn't find any today.Is Goex better than Tripile Seven and Pyrodex?
October 12, 2011, 11:16 PM
i shot some light FFFG loads in my rifle a few weeks ago without any problems. they sure did shoot flat!
October 12, 2011, 11:26 PM
Bushy,what grain bullet and how much powder? I am needing load info. thanks
October 13, 2011, 12:03 AM
Below is the TC Scout manual. There's optimum load info. in it beginning on page 51 and it should come in handy.
The TC factory recommended optimum loads are marked with an *asterisk. :)