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Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Coot, May 15, 2006.

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  1. Coot

    Coot Member

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    Just in the process of getting a .45cal flinter( a TVM Iron Pennsylvania rifle), and I have some questions regarding powder: I currently have a lb of Swiss FF, but understand the FFF is recommended .45 rifles.

    Is it dangerous to shoot the slower powder in the .45- e.g., create too much pressure, or does the FFF just give better accuracy?

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. model 649

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    2F is fine. I have been using it forever in my .58. Take your time and enjoy the load development with it. Keep your powder dry:D .
    Josh
     
  3. Third_Rail

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    2fg produces lower pressure, not higher. You'll be fine.
     
  4. 22hipower

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    yes you can use 2f powder
     
  5. oneshooter

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    2fg will do fine for the main charge, but you will need a finer grade of powder (3fg or 4fg ) for a reliable priming charge. If you have 3f available then it will work for both.

    Oneshooter
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  6. Third_Rail

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    Didn't the Brits use 2fg for everything during many wars?
     
  7. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

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    Generally 3F is used for .45 caliber and smaller. However, 2F works too (even for the pan). Remember, our powder is finer than what they produced way back when flintlocks were the only guns around.
     
  8. Tinker2

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    I use 2f in all my flint locks, from .32 caliber and up. Barrel
    and pan. I have 2f, 3f, and 4f powder. I just find it more
    uniform to shoot 2f, shot to shot.

    Be safe, enjoy

    Tinker2
     
  9. Coot

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    Thanks for the help! I picked up a pound of Goex FFFF priming powder yesterday; can't wait for the rain up this way to stop so I can take it out to play!
     
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