Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

First Smoothbore, need advice

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Minute_Of_Torso, Feb 7, 2003.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Minute_Of_Torso

    Minute_Of_Torso Member

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2003
    Messages:
    205
    Location:
    The Kitsap Penninsula, WA
    Been shooting BP for a few years, mostly .50 and .54 flintlock rifles but I was at a gunshow in FL recently and saw something I absolutely couldn't live without: A reproduction 69 caliber Charleville smoothbore pistol.

    This is my first smoothbore and I'm having a hard time getting consistent advice on powder loads, ball size, and patch size.

    I'm leaning towards using a trial load of 90 grns of FFG with a .680 roundball, and .018" lubed patch. If this doesn't kill me then I can fine tune the load from there.

    Anyone have any suggestions?
     
  2. Iggy

    Iggy Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    3,011
    Location:
    Wyoming
    I would back it off a bit!!

    Try starting with a load under the size of the ball and work up...

    There isn't a lot of barrel between you and that charge..

    Just my .02 cents worth..
     
  3. Ryder

    Ryder Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2002
    Messages:
    2,433
    Location:
    Mid-Michigander
    I agree

    Pistols shoot a lot lower quanity of power than the rifles you are used to. I hunt with 85gr of 2F in my 64cal smoothbore shotgun. I think 90gr would be a heap big boomer in a pistol! :what:

    Check out this link I searched up for you. They mention 69 cal smoothbore pistol using a 25gr max 3F powder loading. Now that sounds like a pistol load.

    http://www.schietsport.com/dutchmuzzleloaders/swiss-lading.htm
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page