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.69 minies in a 12 gauge bp shotgun

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by realitycheck, Aug 6, 2013.

  1. realitycheck

    realitycheck Well-Known Member

    anybody done it with blk powder?
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2013
  2. MattShlock

    MattShlock Well-Known Member

    Doesn't somebody just sell 12 ga. rifled slugs? My .69 Minie Balls go in my Zimmerman defarbed .69 1842 Rifled Musket with long range rear and front blade sights...
  3. Hellgate

    Hellgate Well-Known Member

    LEE makes a 12ga slug mold (I think in two different weights: 7/8 & 1 oz) that is to fit into the shot cup of a plastic wad & fired.
  4. goon

    goon Well-Known Member

    I'd go with a round ball first. A Minie will tumble. Round balls have long been the go-to option for solid projectiles in a smoothbore for centuries. You could probably get some from Track of the Wolf.
  5. AethelstanAegen

    AethelstanAegen Well-Known Member

    I generally go with a roundball as well. I'm a big fan of buck & ball loads and it seems to work reasonably well. I think goon is right, the minie would just tumble and end up being more inaccurate than the round ball.
  6. Loyalist Dave

    Loyalist Dave Well-Known Member

    FYI the old "punkin' ball" load for a 12 gauge was a black powder shotshell loaded with a single, lead round ball. Out of an old "slug" barrel with a rifle sight and cylinder bore they would be good to 50 yards. With a very heavy load they were used in 12-bore SxS paradox rifles.

  7. Icky The Great

    Icky The Great Well-Known Member

    Some of the original commercial rounds had a .68/.69 round ball paper patched with black powder in a paper cartridge. I just happen to have one right here! These were my grandfathers pumkinballs he used as a kid. I have quite a few oddities from his youth lying around.
    Everything about this paper shell denotes field shot. There are no special markings for the pumkinball load as they were called by my grandfather. I do know there are some resources for these loads in paper and plastic. I do not recall at this moment but I will research it some and post any findings.

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