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1872 Colt derringer fun

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Snowdog, Jul 12, 2003.

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  1. Snowdog

    Snowdog Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    I just ordered a derringer that looks a lot like the picture below except the barrel is of brass as well as the frame. It's a .32 caliber according to FAC (where I ordered it from).

    I understand having a brass barrel will restrict this pistol from any serious work, but what might be considered a normal load for it?

    Perhaps a 00 buckshot pellet over 10 grains of FFFG?

    I plan to use it only for play, and possibly to dispatch any rodents or crows I happen across.

    I was also wondering if itis common for people to use 6-7 1/2 birdshot in lieu of a single projectile for snakeshot (or miceshot in my case). I don't know for certain, but I'd wager this is a smoothbore.
    It looks fun, anyway... can hardly wait for it to arrive.

    Thanks for any opinions/information.

    Last edited: Jul 12, 2003
  2. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 19, 2002
    My apologies Snowdog but I've no info on these guns other than they were originally made in 41 rimfire (Severn) and no as a percussion arm. My take is 10 grains FFF is safe.
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