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Powder funnel question

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow, Nov 6, 2008.

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  1. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

    Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow member

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    Strictly for the purpose of dumping a charge of powder into the muzzle of a muzzleloader:

    Is there *anything* that a $6 RCBS funnel can do that a $1 funnel from Auto Zone cannot do?

    Such as a "specially smoothed or refined interior surface", perhaps, to prevent any sticking, or some such attribute?


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  2. ranger335v

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    A funnel is a funnel. No magic in any of them.

    I prefer to load from a powder flask that has a long spout, no funnel needed.
     
  3. Clark

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    Getting the funnel to match the mouth of a powder jug is no great trick.

    Getting a funnel to match a case mouth is trickier.
     
  4. ranger335v

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    "Getting a funnel to match a case mouth is trickier."

    Granted. But the question was about funnels for muzzle loaders. A funnel for that job is a funnel.
     
  5. Mark whiz

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    I agree any plastic or brass funnel will work fine. What you can do with a plastic one is rub the inside of it down with an anti-static dryer sheet before you head off to shoot, that should keep any powder from sticking to the sides of the funnel.
     
  6. Steve C

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    Never seen a muzzle loader you couldn't just dump from the measure though some measures have the funnel on the end that slides over the top to aid in pouring. This is a much better option than a seperate plastic funnel where you need 3 hands, one to hold the gun, one to hold the funnel and one to hold and pour the powder from the measure. The $10 one of these costs is well worth not having to fuss with both the funnel and the measure when in the field or at the range.

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  7. Mark whiz

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    True - if given my "druthers", I just use my powder measure as well. For rifle use, I've grown fond of the big plastic ones you can get at Wally World and elsewhere - they allow you to go in 5gr increments and have a funnel shaped nose that levels off the powder charge and allows an easy pour into the barrel.
     
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    Better hope you NEVER have a lingering spark in the barrel when loading from a flask. You're holding a bomb and may loose your hand.
     
  9. Idano

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    Why use a funnel when speed loaders are far more easier to work with in the field and especially out hunting?
     
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    For black powder make darn sure anything used is static free. A spark around Black isn`t the same as around smokeless. Brass or aluminum is best.
     
  12. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

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    Snuffy, you got it! :) So you answered Idano's question. The reason I'm not going to use a black powder measure is because I'm not measuring by volume; but rather measuring by weight back home before going to the range; being the more sensitive smokeless powder, I need to have the right WEIGHT of powder. So my M.O. is going to be weigh the individual powder charges, dump them into square plastic pill box units, go to the range, then then dump into muzzle via a funnel.

    Thanks all!
    Thanks for that tidbit, Whiz!
     
  13. jcwit

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    I would suggest you check the weighed charges against a measure as normally black powder is measured by volume and not by weight.
     
  14. snuffy

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    With those loaders I linked to, you could pour your WEIGHED charges into them, transport them to the range. They come made for inlines, in that they will also have a place to put whatever primer you use. Most have a place for the bullet that lets you pour the powder charge, then put the bottom of the loader on the muzzle, use your short starter to seat the bullet right from the loader. Reloads using this type of loaders are very fast.
     
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    Sorry, missed the part about using smokeless powder. I'm old school and when muzzle loader is mentioned I think ONLY black powder.
     
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