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FFF Powder

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Wired Wrong, Oct 12, 2011.

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  1. Wired Wrong

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    Need a little advice please.Is FFF okay for 50 caliber inline and 44 caliber cap and ball?Thanks
     
  2. Wired Wrong

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    Also anyone have a good load for the TC Texas Scout rifle?
     
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    fff will work in a cap and ball revolver. It's main uses are for 44. caliber and smaller. Real black powder or a substitute will work perfect. However I can't say for a 50 inline. I know ff will work in it and some people use ff in pistols.
     
  4. Legionnaire

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    Generally speaking, FFFg is for handguns, and FFg is for rifles. That said, there are guys over on the MuzzleLoadingForum who use FFFg for everything. Some use it both in the barrel and the pan in their flintlocks. So it will work in your inline. Can't help you with a load, though. It'll be a bit faster burning than FFg, so I'd lower your starting load a bit and work up.
     
  5. Wired Wrong

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    Thanks again Legionnaire,FFF is all I could find at home and all the sporting goods and guns shops only have the pellets.Would ground up triple seven pellets fire with a number 11 cap?
     
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    I use 3f in my revolvers (.44's), in my side locks (.45's and .50's), and in my inline (.50).
    What you need to do is work up a good load with any different powder you may be using. I doubt that 150 years ago mountain men carried multiple powder granulations. As for grinding pellets......I wouldn't if I were you.
     
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    You may find FFF doesn't give the best accuracy in .50 and above rifles, it generates quite a bit of pressure and may strip the patch on the rifling / tear the patch. FF is more forgiving this way.
     
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    A #11 cap should work but that is a very expensive way to shoot. Pellets generally cost MUCH more than loose powder on a pound-for-pound basis. ALWAYS get loose powder unless you truly crave the convenience of the pellets.

    Depending upon the flash channel characteristics of your rifle, you may need a #11 magnum cap for reliable ignition.

    You mentioned 3fg "powder", not making the distinction between real black powder and one of the subs. If you have real black, I suggest it would serve your needs well.
     
  9. Legionnaire

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    Agree with Acorn. I was assuming black powder (I shoot Goex), not Pyrodex or one of the other substitutes. Your #11 should ignite true black without problem.
     
  10. Wired Wrong

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    I prefer real black powder but couldn't find any today.Is Goex better than Tripile Seven and Pyrodex?
     
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    i shot some light FFFG loads in my rifle a few weeks ago without any problems. they sure did shoot flat!
     
  12. Wired Wrong

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    Bushy,what grain bullet and how much powder? I am needing load info. thanks
     
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  14. Wired Wrong

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    Thank you Articcap.:)
     
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    lead round ball with a patch, 22 or 25 grains of FFFG. good for small game, targets, plinking, etc.
     
  16. Wired Wrong

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    Thanks Bushy,
     
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    I go the opposit route and use FFg in shotgun, 44-40 rifle and 1860 cap and balls. currently using KIK with a lot of success.
     
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