lil info on loading Black Powder for 45L/C


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jeeptim
February 11, 2013, 09:10 PM
Hey Guys I am sure this has been gone over but I can't find it.
I have been reloading for several years now have 10s of 1000s of rounds under my belt I now want to load a 45L/C with black powder and have an idea on what I need to do.
A few questions I understand air space is a bad thing so is a felt wad to be used?
Also was told you cant use to much B/P it won't fit is this true?
And bullet lube? I have several different bullets all lubed and sized for smokless powder will this be O.K.? Was told B/P lube if thats the case any good ideas on removing the lube?
and will I need to lube the front of the cylinder like a cap and ball? I do understand that is to prevent chainfire AND cut down on build up.
And any other information that will help me keep both my hands and eyes.
Thanx

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Ifishsum
February 11, 2013, 11:46 PM
Load them full, so you get slight compression when the bullet is fully seated. You can't put too much BP in, especially a modern case. You don't need a felt wad unless you just want to fill some space. Corn meal and Cream of Wheat work as a filler if you have to shoot lighter loads.

Bullet lube should be BP-friendly, yes. For small batches you can scrape out the smokeless lube with a toothpick or something, and pan lube. I used a mix of beeswax and crisco but there is commercial BP lube available. Bore Butter will work but gets runny when warm. I loaded my first ones with a card wad and BB, it works but I wouldn't store them long.

No lube is necessary on the front of the cylinder when shooting a self-contained cartridge.

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