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Corn Meal Filler Question

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Wwalstrom, Jun 17, 2006.

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  1. Wwalstrom

    Wwalstrom Member

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    The wife works weekend/nights, and, this morning, I recalled we had some corn meal somewhere in a cupboard.

    After some diggin, I came up with a 5 pound bag (less a pound and a half). The "use by date" was sometime in 2004, but that's not what concerns me. Most of the articles I've seen show a cornmeal filler with large grain size, and this stuff is, literally, ground to a fine flour-like powder. I scavenged my container-full, but have a question.

    Can I still use this as a filler in my revolver for light/target loads? Say, powder, wad, cornmeal, ball? I know cornmeal is used, because it will compress ... but is the compression characteristic of cornmeal affected by grain size? Or not?
     
  2. Manyirons

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    Not enough diff ta fret over. Never use it anymore, ya can get jus tha same or better accuracy with tall loads loaded right.

    Costs a fraction more and prolly harder ta shoot as well, but funner!
     
  3. Duncaninfrance

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    The whole point of it is to place the ball at the top of the chamber and as it is normaly trapped between a wad and the ball I doubt that it matters what size the grains are.
    Duncan
     
  4. pohill

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    I've used cornmeal and Cream of Wheat, mainly for accuracy, and maybe some barrel scrubbing, but gave it up mainly to cut out a step.
     
  5. Weird Guy

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    Cornmeal, flour, cake mix, tapioca, cream of wheat, oatmeal, malt-o-meal, whatever.

    Filler is filler. Just be sure to bring some sugar and milk with in case you get hungry.

    I don't use anything myself, but if I did I would use either Malt-o-Meal or large grain corn meal. Probably Malt-o-meal because that is what I have in my cupboard right at the moment.
     
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