Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Shaniko Sam, Aug 5, 2015.
If it were me, I would add powder to the shell until I got a moderate compression compression with the bullet. Then, I would pull the bullet and weight the powder on an accurate scale. Next step for me would be to make a measure that holds the correct amount of powder for that shell and mark it with the charge and the powder.
Strawhat;thank you for your reply. This is my 1st time loading BP cartridges and I want to be safe. I load 45ACP&223 on a regular basis. The reason I wanted to know about FFFg is I've got a bunch of it as I shoot a 54 flintlock & a 54 Lyman Great Plains. Also C&B pistols. Thanks again,Shaniko Sam...
Yes to the 3f being just fine for cartridge loading.
Thank you for your reply. Driftwood Johnson said the same thing about measuring powder depth & weighing the charge. This is my 1st BP cartridge load so I just want to be sure I'm going in a safe direction. Thanks again. Shaniko Sam... ure
That gives for all the five Remington and the ROA FFFg and FFg (not all the time) only for the Sharps...
N-B: I use only swiss BP may be is different with a substitute but we don't have it where I live: only real BP is allowed...
All other things being equal, you will see an increase in velocity of between 60 fps - 100 fps using FFFg instead of FFg. I used to use FFFg in all my 45 Colt and 44-40 loads, FFg in my shotgun loads. I got tired of stocking two different granulations, so now I use FFg in everything, 45 Colt, 45 Schofield, 44-40, 44 Russian, 38-40 and 45-70. It really does not matter very much.
Don's method is pretty similar to mine for determining the correct powder charge for any pistol cartridge. Put in enough powder so that when the bullet is seated the powder will be compressed between 1/16" - 1/8". That's all there is to it. If the firearm is in good mechanical condition, you will not damage it with such a load.
You have not mentioned what the firearm is that you want to fire 45 Schofields in. For the record, modern reproductions of the S&W Top Breaks such as the Schofield model and the Russian model do not do well with Black Powder. Not that it will hurt the gun, but Uberti has made design changes that cause them to bind up more quickly with BP fouling than the originals did. Colt style revolvers are much more resistant to binding because they still retain a good bushing on the front of the cylinder.
58 Remington conversion to 45 Schofield
Thank you for your reply. I have an Uberti 58 Remington Cattleman's carbine 18" barrel,1:6 twist. that I plan to get a conversion cyl. for. I loaded 5 cartridges yesterday with 30gr FFFg and my 160gr FP bullets. OAL measured 1.407 to 1.409 with powder e compression..y This should be SOME fun. Shaniko Sam... l
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