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Paper for Powder

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by WALKERs210, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. WALKERs210

    WALKERs210 Well-Known Member

    I read the post on hows and why's on using cigarette paper to make an easy way to preload powder for revolver's. Today after I actually saw the sun was out and the outside temperature was hovering around what is a normal temp for this part of Alabama I decided to go out back and fire a few shots in my 1958 Buffalo. I will be the first to praise the practice of preloaded powder and to my surprise the cylinder's were very clean with just a minor trace of the paper residue. After I came inside and started cleaning and ran the first brush down the barrel there was the entire remains of one of the paper tubes. It showed slight burn on one end where the primer was and the other end had also a slight burn marks. But overall the paper was intact. I made sure the thickness never exceeded any doubling over. Is this typical, there was no noticeable difference in anyway and without having checked the barrel in between rounds I would have to guess that the other shots also left this. Thoughts, comments welcomed and encouraged (other than things I normally get from wife kids and dogs).
  2. BHP FAN

    BHP FAN Well-Known Member

    Hmm...what powder charge?In my Sharps .54,I've never found traces of paper.Maybe the 80 gr. of 2f Goex just disintegrate the paper,or maybe the folks in the next county are being showered with what look like empty ''left handed cigarettes''?
    Seriously, paper cartridges are a bit of a pain to make up beforehand,but they are faster loading,and you don't need to carry as much gear with you if you're going hunting.
  3. SixShootinSam

    SixShootinSam member

    I use paper cartridges myself, I use zig zag french papers, they are super thin. I've never seen any paper residue in the chambers. I do notice some more than usual black gunk in the barrel though, I assume it might be a remnant of whatever the burnt paper turns into.
  4. WALKERs210

    WALKERs210 Well-Known Member

    I have made up several different loads for everything from the revolver, flintlock 45 pistol, and even for a 50cal inline. In the revolver I have seen very minor residue in the cylinder but nothing that would ever cause a problem. The loads today were 20g of Hodgon 777, the first shots might have left the tube but I would expect the following shots would have pushed them out. Will go out tomorrow and look in the area to see if anything was left there. Papers have been a mix of different ones available here, one package was extra wide which I cut down to allow just the width of preglued strip to overlap. Only thing I could think of being a problem would be in a pistol or rifle if it was left smoldering but I always swab out the bore just to be safe.
  5. azyogi

    azyogi Well-Known Member

    I roll mine long and thin, when loading I break them in half pour the powder into the cylinder then crumple paper and use as wadding. never noticed any burn't paper txixt me and the target,or left in the gun. When rolling some for my T/C Renagade I use the type paper that comes on a roll and use 4" to 6" worth. Once I had an 'Herbal Enthusiast' "borrow" one of my hand rolled, a freind of his, as he was no freind of mine, says he hasn't stolen anything at all since. I think Jimmie Carter was in office back then, so it"s been awhile.
  6. WALKERs210

    WALKERs210 Well-Known Member

    Bet that was the fastest burning Dubee he ever had, would love to have seen that expect for the fact he most likely got hurt
  7. arcticap

    arcticap Well-Known Member

    I wonder what he thought that the round ball was for, like a cracker jack prize?
    Well maybe he wasn't thinking very much after all! :rolleyes:
  8. azyogi

    azyogi Well-Known Member

    I didn't put a ball with my powder then as I liked to be able to choose sabot, conical or ball as I went along. It was 90 gr. FFg and it torched off like a roman candle. Acording to amused observers. Didn't get them true cylinders back then, as I rolled by hand. It was kinda cone shaped, Lee [the amused observer] told a pyrotech guy about it and he said, BP is some weird stuff and will behave according to how tight the roll, how steep the cone, which end got lit. Never played around with them myself that way as fireworks are a no-no here. Strange, here OC with no permit but $300 to $700 per firework fines.

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