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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.
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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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