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Pyrodex pellets safe in flintlock ?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by BADUNAME30, Jul 14, 2012.

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  1. BADUNAME30

    BADUNAME30 Member

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    I have read that Hodgden says NO .
    Can anyone explain the dangers involved in this use ?
    NO, i am not going to use them in anything.
    My Hawken suffered a detonation with these under a Powerbelt and i'm just trying to understand what exactly went awry.
     
  2. bubba15301

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    what do you mean by detonation? do you have pics? they say not to use them in a flintlock because the pellets are to hard to ignite in a flintlock
     
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    I would say they are real safe in a flintlock.

    I can't even light them in my T/C Hawken with musket caps.
     
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    A detonation is what occurs in a black powder firearm when there is any void between the powder and the projectile.
    I had a detonation in the breech and not an igintion.
    The frizzen hold down got blown off the lock.
    The main hammer spring got broken.
    The touch hole blew out.
    The lock plate got bent.
    The stock got cracked.
    My right eye lash and eye brow got burnt off.
    And now there's a 'tight' spot in the breech that makes it difficult
    to push a patched jag all the way home.

    And nope, no pics.
    I still have a cracked stock and the damaged lock plate tho.
     
  5. BADUNAME30

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    That's not what Hodgdon, the maker of them says.

    INTENDED USE
    " Triple Seven and Pyrodex Pellets are designed for use only in newly manufactured muzzleloading, in-line rifles of 50 caliber, 54 caliber, and 45 caliber. Use Triple Seven only in a 209 primer ignition system. Pyrodex may be used with standard cap, musket cap or 209 primer ignition systems. Use only the correct caliber Pellet designated for the given caliber rifle. They are designed to be used with saboted bullets or conicals together with a fiber wad. Any other use of the Pellets is not recommended. Triple Seven Pellets are not for use in cartridges, or with patched round ball. Pyrodex Pellets may be used in cartridges."


    Hodgdon also has this to say.....

    MISUSE WARNING " Use of Triple Seven Pellets and Pyrodex Pellets in sidelock muzzleloading rifles, in flintlock muzzleloading rifles, using a patched round ball, or the use of conical lead bullets without a fiber wad is NOT recommended. Due to variations in the size and type of flash channels of such rifles, as well as different rifle bore diameters, and conical bullet sizes, hangfires (a delayed ignition of the Pellet) or an improper gas seal of the projectile may occur. These conditions could cause the projectile or a burning Pellet to exit the barrel in a hazardous manner, which could cause personal injury or death to the user or bystander, as well as damage to the firearm."

    Allthough this warning does not address the use of Powerbelt bullets


    I should have included in my OP that they were used under a Powerbelt bullet.
    Which is neither a saboted bullet or a conical over wad bullet.
    So, according to Hodgdon, the person that loaded my Hawken did all the things they were not supposed to do with the pellets.
    I am trying to learn and understand exactly what it was that caused the detonation and looking for someone here that understands this and can explain to me.
     
  6. bubba15301

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    why would you shoot a muzzleloader that someone else loaded ? the pellets and powerbelt acted like a blockage and all the pressure went thru the touchhole and breech
     
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    Jim it was my attempt at humor as pellets are very hard to ignite in any thing but an inline type rifle.
     
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    was there a charge of blackpowder under the pellets? if so the blackpowder ignited but the pellets didnt -therefore bore obstruction not detonation
     
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    It was my brother bubba. And this is a moot point at this time.

    Technicaly, it all left the breech, via the touch hole and Bbl.
    These things i allready know.
     
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    Gotchya, ;)
    Sorry coupe, i can be a bit slow sometimes.:D
     
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    Yes, bubba. He said he had 5gr o' fff under there.
    If there were a true obstruction, i would think it would still be in the Bbl
    and the results would have been more catastrophic ?

    Are you thinkin that the fff went off but the touch hole was the path of least resistance ? Allthough, the projectile and or pellets left the Bbl, i hit the target.
    A detonation can/will still launch the projectile.

    I am tryin to learn and understand the principles of all this.
     
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    how many pellets did he load in the flintlock - starting to sound like an overload to me not a detonation
     
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    must have had an airspace between the 3 fff and the pellets. might not of had enough 3 fff to fill the space between the loose blackpowder and the pellets. the breechplug isnt flat , it has a small powder trough . 5grains might not of filled this space causing the detonation
     
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    Maybe the FFFG absorbed some moisture and didn't ignite rapidly enough.
    That can happen if the touch hole isn't plugged while it's stored.
    Some folks will use the pointed quill of a feather or whatever else fits into the touchhole to plug it up until it's fired.
    If there was a delay with the booster powder, maybe it caused the pellet and/or the Powerbelt to move forward which created the obstruction or detonation as you called it.
    And the pellet or pellets could have absorbed enough moisture to delay their ignition too.
    Even pellets are known to go bad if they're not properly stored in an airtight container prior to being loaded.
    There's also one end of Pyrodex Pellets that are suppose to have a black powder igniter on one end. It's hard to detect which end has it, and which end is inserted may not matter if using 209 primers. But some folks do complain about their inconsistent ignition.
    How long was the gun stored semi-loaded before it was fired?
     
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    Wouldn't pellet loaded in a sidelock get stopped by the patent breech, or powder chamber, where as the bp kicker would fall inside the chamber? Causing an air space.
     
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    You do know there are 2 sides to Pyrodex pellets, right? The dark side is supposed to be closest to the ignition source for them to light reliably. I use 2X50 pellets all the time in my Hawken Caplock...

    However, in a FlintlockIi would use a small charge of FFF powder under the pellets to insure proper ignition.
     
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    Usually when a barrels gets "ringed" from being short loaded, a part of the barrel gets bulged which results in a loose spot being created down near the breech.
    Could the tight spot mark the beginning of the powder chamber?
    In some guns the powder chamber is slightly over .30 in diameter.
    If not, then maybe the tight spot is an accumulation of powder residue that formed a crud ring.
    I can't imagine how a part of the bore could become narrower after the detonation event instead of either getting bulged or being okay which is what typically happens.
     
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    Was any 777 shot before the detonation? It is my understanding that 777 leaves a crud ring when fired. So, is it possible that this was not the first charge, even if 777 was used on another occasion, and the pellets or projectile were improperly seated? As you know an airspace between the powder and projectile can lead to a detonation.
     
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    If i recolect right bubbs, he had 3 30gr'rs in there on top o' 5 gr fff.
    I will see him this saturday and find out for sure.

    That right there bubba is helping me in my understanding of this.I've never taken one apart and therefore didn't know the actual dimensions inside that area.I'll hafta do some research and see if i can't find a drawing of exactly what it looks like in there.Or, maybe just take mine apart. I do believe i have the wrench blocks here somewhere.
    Also, i have no doubts that there was indeed an airspace involved here.
     
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    I spose that could be a possibilty also Steve. I'm thinkin it was at least 5-6 months twixt loading and firing.
     
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    This point has been brot up twice now mustanger.
    I need to see what exactly the inside of the breech area looks like and get some pellets in my hand and go from there.
     
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    I've never even seen one of these pellets Arch. But thru reading about them i did know this. Did he know this when he loaded the gun? I have no clue.

    From what Hodgdon says about their pellets. They are to be used in modern inline muzzel loading firearms only.
    You could be flirtin with disaster.
     
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    Exactly what i would expect Steve.
    This tight spot was not there before this misshap.
    When i ran my patched jag in there the other night , i felt the tight spot and then i could feel when the jag got past it.
    As for it bein a crud ring. I don't see that bein possible from just one shot.
    I haven't been able to see what is on that patch yet tho because the seating end of my ram rod pulled off and the jag is stuck below that tight spot untill i get another ram rod to screw into the jag and pull it back out.:banghead:
    A freind is bringin a ram rod by this wekend and i'll be able to pull the jag back out then and see what evidence is on the patch.
     
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    No Kieth, 777 was never used by me in this gun. I've only ever used 90gr o' fff.
    Did he use any 777 prior to loading these pyrodex pellets ? I'll ask him this saturday.
    And yes, i am fully aware of air space causing a detonation in a bp firearm.
     
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    There's at least 2 flintlocks that accept the use of pellets. Not that they're reliable when only loaded with them but folks do use loose powder as a booster charge. One is the TC Firestorm and the other is the Traditions PA Pellet flintlock. It's name even contains the word "pellet".
    Maybe you'd consider one of these as a replacement for your damaged rifle.

    Here's a 30 second video of a Traditions PA Pellet rifle being fired with a 20 grain booster charge of 2F BP, 2X50 grain 777 pellets and primed with 4F in the pan. The ignition is very fast.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2Re12NouFE
     
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