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Pyrodex in cartridges

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Para Cassatt, Jul 16, 2011.

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  1. Para Cassatt

    Para Cassatt Member

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    I was looking on the Hodgdon website and found no data for use of Pyrodex P in the 45 Colt which I wanted to experiment with. Triple 7 data was given but no mention was made of interchangeability between the two. Hodgdon hasn't yet replied to my data request yet so I was hoping someone may be able to offer some help/info on the subject.
     
  2. skipjack

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    I treat Pyrodex as I do black powder.

    Fill the case, and compress the powder
    so that there is no air space between
    the base of the bullet and the top of
    the powder.

    You will also want to use bullets that
    are lubed with a black powder lube.
    Lacking that, you can make a grease
    cookie that will go over the powder,
    and then seat the bullet.

    I prefer Triple 7 2f for my black powder
    substitute loading, because I can use
    bullets that are lubed with regular
    smokeless lube.

    There is some excellent info to be
    found at this site.

    http://www.curtrich.com/bpsubsdummies.html
     
  3. Afy

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    Maybe a little difficult to find in the US but you're better off with Swiss BP. I use 65-70 grains of FFFG in my .45-70. I also use it extensively in my cap and ball cartridges.
     
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    Just remember that Black Powder and most BP substitutes are by VOLUME not WEIGHT
     
  5. Hagen442

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    I Believe Most of us Burning The Holy Black or a Sub
    use The Same Measure to Load our 45 Colt Rounds. Regardless of the Bullet Weight.
    My Choice is American Pioneer .

    Riding East and Making White Smoke
    Hagen

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    I've used Pyrodex in 45 Schofield,45 Colt,40/65 and 45/70 and the velocities I got were impressive. Only bad point is Pyro will stain your cases badly if not cleaned on the spot.
    Someone here may have an idea on how to neutralize the residue as I can't remember the concoction off the top of my head.
     
  7. Para Cassatt

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    Thanks for the link and info folks. It sounds like 777 or APP may be a better fit.
     
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