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lil info on loading Black Powder for 45L/C

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by jeeptim, Feb 11, 2013.

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  1. jeeptim

    jeeptim Member

    Mar 27, 2010
    Hey Guys I am sure this has been gone over but I can't find it.
    I have been reloading for several years now have 10s of 1000s of rounds under my belt I now want to load a 45L/C with black powder and have an idea on what I need to do.
    A few questions I understand air space is a bad thing so is a felt wad to be used?
    Also was told you cant use to much B/P it won't fit is this true?
    And bullet lube? I have several different bullets all lubed and sized for smokless powder will this be O.K.? Was told B/P lube if thats the case any good ideas on removing the lube?
    and will I need to lube the front of the cylinder like a cap and ball? I do understand that is to prevent chainfire AND cut down on build up.
    And any other information that will help me keep both my hands and eyes.
  2. Ifishsum

    Ifishsum Member

    Jun 21, 2005
    Portland, OR
    Load them full, so you get slight compression when the bullet is fully seated. You can't put too much BP in, especially a modern case. You don't need a felt wad unless you just want to fill some space. Corn meal and Cream of Wheat work as a filler if you have to shoot lighter loads.

    Bullet lube should be BP-friendly, yes. For small batches you can scrape out the smokeless lube with a toothpick or something, and pan lube. I used a mix of beeswax and crisco but there is commercial BP lube available. Bore Butter will work but gets runny when warm. I loaded my first ones with a card wad and BB, it works but I wouldn't store them long.

    No lube is necessary on the front of the cylinder when shooting a self-contained cartridge.
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