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3F vs 4F

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by NCWanderer, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. NCWanderer

    NCWanderer Well-Known Member

    I've been using 3f Goex in my NAA Super companion mainly because it's all I have on hand and the nearest place I can buy more is a hour drive away. My question is should I make the trip or is 3f ok? I don't think 3f will harm the gun, but will it perform better with 4f?
  2. MutinousDoug

    MutinousDoug Well-Known Member

    Using 3f will not harm your gun. If you are getting adequate ignition, accuracy and velocity with 3f , the trip you take to find 4f is for your own amusement.
    4F should be faster burning and easier to ignite. More accurate? Higher velocity? Compare your groups over a chronograph at 25 yards (if you can keep them on paper).
  3. Patocazador

    Patocazador Well-Known Member

    I don't have any experience shooting a small caliber like that but I imagine that the small capacity would result in a larger percentage of "swiss cheese" holes with the larger-grained powders thus producing less reliable ignition. I have shot 4F in my Ruger Old Army and not noticed a difference between the 3F and 4F.
  4. NCWanderer

    NCWanderer Well-Known Member

    Thanks. I haven't had any ignition problems at all. Maybe I'll pick up some 4f on my next powder run,

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