Reloading The .45 LC

Standard Disclaimer: It is up to you to insure your own safety and the others around you. Get educated about the many and varied safety issues before attempting this or anything like this. If you get hurt, it ain’t my fault. Be Safe.

How To Reload Black Powder 45LC

Ok, I like round balls vs boolits in my cases. .451 round balls exactly.Here’s my recipe for the load-prime and fill the case with enough room for the round ball to fit inside the case below the end of the case and seal with bee’s wax. It is important for the boolit to be snug ontop of the powder charge.2-f or 3 f. Slightly compressing the powder. I almost forgot the over powder wad. But, You can omit that.
LEE-451-DC Lee .451″ round ball mold, double cavity, with handles . . . $19.29 Now some folks like them in .454, you decide.
There Ya go. That load is plenty fer those Leinad pistols or those conversion cylinder ones. It’s important to insure NO AIR SPACE between the boolit and the load. Or yer boomstick go boom in a bad way.
Try a couple or dozen in your .45 LC and you find there is some truth to the power of that cartridge. Then ya might have an inkling about why I like some of those guns I do.
I do my reloads primitive like. Never owned a reloader.

I got some of my ideas from a fracas down the belgian congo way. Seems some group of guys decided in their head not to be slaves any more. They was ill equiped and reloaded their stuff expedient style in the bush. Primers and all. Their sizing die was the chamber of their weapon. They pounded out the dent on the berdan primer and reloaded it with toy caps or blue tip mathheads. Imagine that, some barely literate dudes doing that in the bush. Another part of the story is, they won their freedom,but got exploited in the end by another group. But they won. There are some other stories from the Philippines too.

I can’t seem to find the nagant BP load data. BUT, DON”T fill the case full of BP and top it witha cast slug. NOT, NO, DON”T DO THAT. BP loads are by volume, not weight. Any excess space in the cartridge, You use a compressible filler topped with a cast boolit. Another thing to remember is that cases need trimmed every once and a while and need to be annealed every so often. I shot the dogshit outa my stuff and only had to trim once and anneal after six reloads. Your milage may vary. It is best to remember you want consistancy over power. So back away from those HOT loads. I’m getting older and I am tired of the sore shoulders. If you want to get to be older with all your digits and both eyes intact, back off those hot loads. Things get just as dead at 50% of those suicide loads. I only got to be older and some wiser, by pure F’ing chance. An BP overloaded nagant round “WILL” play havoc with your shoulder and get you thrown off the range. Over charging a weapon with BP mostly sends a whopping lot of unburned powder out the barrel and down range. The caveat being that you were using a weapon that can take a black powder load in the first place. Work up to a sweet spot for you load. I define the sweet spot as the optimum, between accuracy and recoil.

As for the rest, I’m still looking for the .12 – .410 data for BP. It’s still here somewhere. Of the top of my head the .410 uses a slow burning powder…I’ve used 2f for that one. Most of my shells are only costing me for the primer and the shot.




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7 Responses to Reloading The .45 LC

  1. anonymous says:

    If you are on a budget, you can still find Lee Loaders in this for $25 in quite a few places. These kits are slow but sure and they don’t take up a whole lot of space, might even be good trading stock later on. Something to put in a cache kit somewhere for just in case.

  2. Sixbears says:

    Haven’t reloaded in years and only really dabbled in it. Can’t do everything. Love the low tech BP loads. Home brewed ammo. Gotta love it. Another gun control bottle neck broken.

  3. Real Black Powder is superior to all BP substitutes. It is less corrosive and fouls less also.
    I use something like this to press the ball into the brass on the .45LC. It’s the top for loading my extra 1858 spare cylinders too.
    Revolver-Cylinder Loading Stand
    Load a cylinder when it’s removed from the revolver. Wood handle; all-metal loading mechanism. Fits .44-cal. 1851 Navy, 1860 Army, and 1858 Army cylinders.|/pc/104792580/c/104701680/sc/104218380/Revolver-Cylinder-Loading-Stand/753165.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fblack-powder-accessories%2F_%2FN-1100207%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_104218380%3FWTz_l%3DDirectLoad&WTz_l=DirectLoad%3Bcat104218380

    CLICK ON ANY LINK TO DOWNLOAD A LOAD CHART IN PDF FORMAT … data when using Goex Sporting Black Powder in original* or reproduction.

  4. anonymous says:

    One more link from the Lee Reloading website – Lee Loader Kit for .45 Long Colt.

  5. I don’t mind doing the .45 by hand with a nail and stick method. Or using improvised sizing dies and such. The rate of consumption with the .45 is lower than either the .410 or the 12 gauge. I do like to keep abreast of what is available or improved. I’m wishing for a one tool like for reloading the 44-40 cartridges in the field kind of thing. That would rock if made for the .45 LC. “fifth type Winchester reloading tool, which they referred to as “The Lever Tool”, patented October 20, 1874 & November 7, 1882 and was the one manufactured over the longest period of time. It was offered for sale from 1882 up through 1914, after which Winchester no longer sold tools and molds. It would originally have been accompanied by a single cavity wooden-handled bullet mold, a decapping pin, and a small brass powder charge cup. ”

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