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cant ignite 777

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by trog, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. trog

    trog Well-Known Member

    I have aTC grey hawk in.50 cal. I would like to shoot 777 powder because it is accurate,easy to clean, and easy to load multiple shoots. The problem is ignition is iffy at best. I now use APP because ignition is almost flawless, but loading follow up shots can be tuff,and Iworry about leaving a charge loaded for too long. I dont have a good source for real BP and dont like Pyrodex (long story). I see some talk about musket caps and small pistol primer systems. Do yall think something like this would ignite 777 in my sidelock. Also has any one tried Blackmag XP in a side lock with #11 caps?

    If ignorance is bliss; I should be real happy.
  2. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member

    777 can be hard to ignite, especially in a sidelock gun. Have you tried #11 magnum caps? If so then I would recommend a conversion to musket caps.
  3. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    I don't think they make the deal I have on mine, converted to small rifle magnum primers. It works great and even shields the primer against moisture.
  4. higene

    higene Well-Known Member


    I shoot 777 in my Lyman flintlock. I put 10-20 gr of Goex under the charge of 777 and it lights just fine.

  5. arcticap

    arcticap Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Apr 19, 2010
  6. andrewstorm

    andrewstorm member

    ignition problems 777

    I hope u mean powder?u shold never use pellets in a sidelock,and never use more than 85 grains 777,if your manufacturers max load is 100 gr black powder:eek: also never mix ANY POWDERS!
  7. arcticap

    arcticap Well-Known Member

    Why not?

    Hodgdon recommends duplex loads for flintlocks therefore it must be okay to mix powders when done in a safe and responsible manner.
  8. Loyalist Dave

    Loyalist Dave Well-Known Member

    Indeed, and pellets with a dark end are that way because of a portion of black powder afixed to the pellet.

    Gee, why mix powders? Why not use black powder and be done with it? I use spit patch and swab about every third shot. It's not that tough to deal with that one "needs" and ultra clean powder.

  9. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member

    Pyrodex pellets have an igniter on the end, 777 pellets do not have this feature.
  10. trog

    trog Well-Known Member

    I never use pellets ( rifle has a chamber anyway) not even in inlines.
    I feel sure I am getting everything clean, but I do not use water. I learned how to shoot Bp arms as a teen from some old farts and they never used water. They made all their cleaners and lubes and I dont remember how. I had to do a lot of cleaning befor I was aloud to shoot any of their guns.Sometimes it hard to change.
    I might try another can of 777. Or maybe its its tme to get some real BP. I realy dont have a good place to store it. Would an old fridge do?
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2010
  11. scrat

    scrat Well-Known Member

    you can mix powder. at least with pellets. i usually add about 3-5 grains of goex. then put in a 777 or Pyrodex pellet. Black side down. Only way to gurantee me a fire
  12. andrewstorm

    andrewstorm member


    SHOW me where hodgson recomends dyuplex loads! they and all muzzeloading manufacturers void warrantys fo thier use,iffin u mean 4f with 2f subs they are not duplex loads,duplex loads are a small amount o smokeless mixed with black powder! and are very dangerous:uhoh:
  13. Cowboy2

    Cowboy2 Well-Known Member

    Scroll down to flintlock. It stuck me as odd, too.

    I'm asking, in all seriousness, what is the benefit of using Triple 7 in a flintlock if you have to use BP in the bore for ignition? Doesn't that defeat the purpose of using such an easy to clean powder?
    I'm a big fan of Triple 7 and use it in my percussion guns, but I've never mixed it with BP.
  14. trog

    trog Well-Known Member

    If I snap 3 or 4 caps and load and fire quickly 777 will ignite.As long as I keep loading and shooting (keeping everything warm) it will fire every time.
    If I let the rifle cool down then it will not ignite on the first try. Load anthoner cap and it will fire.
    Is a simple thing to change to musket caps? Will I need a new hammer? Will blow back be a problem?
  15. Cowboy2

    Cowboy2 Well-Known Member

    Perhaps a slight expansion and contraction of metal is the culprit? When it cools, the passage does not let enough flame through for reliable Triple 7 ignition? Just thinking out loud. Maybe its as simple as replacing the nipple.
  16. 351 WINCHESTER

    351 WINCHESTER Well-Known Member

    I've never had any problems with 777 in my older side hammers unless the nipples were clogged or deformed. Get a new nipple, hotshot comes to mind.
  17. wittzo

    wittzo Well-Known Member

    Clean it thoroughly with boiling water or some other deep cleaning product and let it soak a bit longer than the instructions.

    The only trouble I've had with Triple 7 was when didn't know how to really clean my gun. I was using soap and hot water, but not boiling water. I had gunk from the previous owner mixing with the oil and water from when I "cleaned" it after I shot it the first time I owned it. I had to take the nipple off and use a nipple pick to dig through the sludge in the drum to get to fresh powder, and then added a few grains and put the nipple back on. It was an interesting shot, half the powder fizzled and the ball rolled out of the muzzle with a "bloomp" noise. It shot okay that day after that. It did it again the next time I tried to shoot it so I broke down cleaned it with boiling water fresh from the tea kettle to knock all the gunk out of the bore and the drum. I was hesitant because I didn't want to get water underneath my stock or take the stock off. It turned out that neither was a concern.
  18. trog

    trog Well-Known Member

    I have tried a TC hot shot or flame thrower, which ever one it is that has the 2 holes in the side of the nipple where the cap goes on, no difference. I tried cleaning with very hot soapy water, no difference. My barrell is stanless and I can see down it fairly good with a good light. Really looks clean. I guess I could get used to APP powder.
  19. arcticap

    arcticap Well-Known Member

    I would never recommend using a smokeless powder that wasn't approved for muzzle loading such as Blackhorn 209.

    When you said never mix ANY POWDERS, were you talking about not mixing centerfire smokeless powders with muzzle loading powders or were you talking about not mixing ANY muzzle loading POWDERS?
    It sounded like you were talking about muzzle loading powders and so was I.

    If mixing different muzzle loading powders together aren't duplex loads, then I don't know what else to call them, maybe mixed loads? :rolleyes:
    Last edited: May 6, 2010
  20. higene

    higene Well-Known Member

    From Hogdon Loading notes


    Last edited: May 7, 2010

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