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Black powder with Lee Loader classic

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Mataham, Jan 16, 2020.

  1. Mataham

    Mataham Member

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    Hi,

    I was recently tempted to load black powder ammunition with a Lee Loader Classic. I read somewhere around here a discussion about the security issues involved. Quote:

    Some people have argued that BP is ultimately quite stable and will not ignite that way. I thought it was a good idea to send the question to Lee Precision. I finally got my answer:

    I'm still not ready to try, however ... Has someone ever tried this?
     
  2. Fyrstyk

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    I wouldn't do it, but it's your option. Just take a small amount of BP, put it on a concrete step or walkway, and smack it with a hammer. You will need to get a new hammer, and you may also get some shrapnel, from the concrete afterwards. Heavy, quick compression causes heat, and if hot enough will ignite BP. As kids, we used to take powder out of fire crackers and smack it with a hammer. We only did it a few times before we got smarter.
     
  3. Englishmn
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    Shouldn't have to hit very hard.
    No harder than most people tamp a ball down in a muzzle loading rifle.
     
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  4. Mataham

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    I don't think I will do it for now. On the aforementioned thread, someone gave some tips in order to do it safely:

    The problem is: 38LC BP charge are already quite anemic... and I want to use .357 hollow-base bullet, so I want some force in order to take the rifling. So I won't wastespace inside my case for card and felt wad.

    I think I'll use some Lee hand press with 38LC dies.
     
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