Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by damoc, Apr 21, 2014.
did they use a ffffg BP granulation?
Old ammo has a fine grain but I haven't seen where anybody has pulled enough to do a screen analysis.
.32 usually gets 3f.
I have loaded BPCR from 25-21 Stevens to 577 Snider. My daughter loads 3fg in 38 S&W for use in her small martini rifle and her groups are fantastic (better than mine)
As for old rim fire manufacture, the big outfits could and probably did order custom powder granulations for their uses. There may well have been something between 3fg and not as fine as 4fg that they used in small cartridges.
I guess the consensus is that BP in a .22 was probably finer grain than fffg
that would make sense when comparing with modern small pistol powders
the smaller the cartridge the faster the burn of the powder.
This was interesting also,
You have a Cadet rifle chambered for the .38 S&W.....what a neat idea!. Where did you get the barrel? Who did the work?
I ask because I have a damaged .310 Cadet barrel on the shelf that would probably be useful if rebored to .360" or so.
Sorry for the hijack... but I had to ask.
.cadets were imported in the 1960s and rechambered for 32-20or rebored to 357. They sold mail order for $12
Redman's in washington can line the barrel for you.
I want to shoot it! I've been into black powder for decades but have never loaded cartridges, always powder-patch-ball shooting. Can I pull these bullets, dump the smokeless powder and replace with FFFg? If so, what's the recipe for mild loads? Are the modern primers okay or do I need to de-cap and reprime those as well.
yes easy to load with black std recipee is to put enough black in to achieve a small amount of compression.
those .32 sw "shorts" are a little tricky due to the small size i would only use lead
If the primer is good, no reason not to use it.
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