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texaswoodworker
04-18-2015, 04:23 PM
In a cartridge like 45 Colt of 44-40 WCF in a revolver, what is the difference in performance between a BP sub like Pyrodex P, and Black Powder? Will the Pyrodex foul less? How about accuracy?

And please, stay ON TOPIC this time. The last thread was closed because a couple members wanted to cause trouble. Thank you.

John Boy
04-18-2015, 05:32 PM
You can do your comparisons using these 2 links ...
http://www.hodgdon.com/pyrodex.html

http://goexpowder.com/load-chart.html

Dale53
04-18-2015, 06:14 PM
texaswoodworker;
I shot BPCR Silhouette for fifteen years and used nothing but black powder. My favorite, by a considerable margin, was Swiss (more powerful, more consistent, and some more expensive).

However, I won several pounds of Pyrodex P in matches and decided to try them. I was competing in BPCR and they had side matches limited to fixed sighted revolvers and black powder or certified substitute. I bought Mike Venturino's book, "Shooting Sixguns of the Old West" and followed his advice. It worked so well that I never changed it. By the way, I can recommend Mike's book without reservation. You can get it from Amazon at a reduced price. I have a Ruger Bisley Vaquero:

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj80/Dale53/RugerVaquero-2.jpg (http://s269.photobucket.com/user/Dale53/media/RugerVaquero-2.jpg.html)

The Bisley shoots to the sights at 25 yards (holding center) and has an excellent set of sights. I used a case full of Pyrodex "P" and compressed 1/16" when seating the bullet (just like I do with Swiss 2F and 3F). The bullet is Lyman's 452664 sized to .452" and cast of 20/1 lead/tin. I used Winchester large pistol primers. The gun shot under 2" (mostly grouped around 1.5") at 25 yards off a rest. My particular handgun would allow me to shoot 70 shots before the cylinder started to bind from fouling. I used Emmert's home mix lube (similar results to SPG). After a ten minute clean up using home mixed "Friendship Speed Juice" I was ready for another 70 shots.

I chronographed those loads at 900+ fps. Using the Lyman 250 gr bullet makes for a seriously good field load.

After the days activities were over, I again cleaned with Friendship Speed Juice, dry patches, then preserved with Ed Harris' "Ed's Red". A couple of days later, I again went over the revolver with Ed's Red. I never, EVER, had any issues with rust or corrosion and the clean up was painless.

When I ran out of Pyrodex, I continued to use Swiss. 2F gives slightly less performance than 3F (and similar to Pyrodex) and also gives somewhat less felt recoil. I recommend 2f, as a matter of interest. They both shoot well, but a day's shooting of 3f gets tiring from recoil. Yes, these rounds recoil.

FWIW
Dale53

M-Tecs
04-18-2015, 06:17 PM
Blackhorn 209 is the cleanest of the subs. http://www.blackhorn209.com/load-data/

http://www.rugerforum.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=108539

http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=497913

http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?235797-Blackhorn-209-in-45-colt

http://www.marlinowners.com/forum/45-70-govt/155838-blackhorn-209-45-70-a.html

http://www.biggamehunt.net/reviews/blackhorn-209-review

Outpost75
04-18-2015, 06:53 PM
In shooting the Ruger Old Army revolver, I got best accuracy and least fouling using Pyrodex P, but the only black powders I had to compare with were Goex and Elephant. I could shoot all day using Drydene Pyroplex grease and never had any cylinder binding problems. Using .457 round balls cast 1:40 tin/lead and 30 grains bulk measure of P with a Walters felt wad under the ball to achieve compression I could maintain 2-inch groups at 25 yards over a long series, alternating between three cylinders fitted to my revolver. I used a separate loading stand for loading the cylinders, brushing the chambers, but not the bore between reloads, and using a cake decorator to inject the Pyroplex grease. Use CCI caps with Pyrodex, RWS caps with black.

oldred
04-19-2015, 11:39 AM
Blackhorn 209 is the cleanest of the subs. http://www.blackhorn209.com/load-data/

http://www.rugerforum.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=108539

http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=497913

http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?235797-Blackhorn-209-in-45-colt

http://www.marlinowners.com/forum/45-70-govt/155838-blackhorn-209-45-70-a.html

http://www.biggamehunt.net/reviews/blackhorn-209-review

BH 209 is the cleanest of the subs has been my experience too but it's also the most expensive! Actually I personally consider BH 209 to be more of a smokeless that can be used in place of BP rather than a true sub because it actually has characteristics much closer to smokeless than any BP sub. I really liked the stuff and while it can be argued that ten ounces is about as much powder by volume as the true subs, at least I have seen this pointed out several times, the fact is it simply costs a lot more to shoot per round and if a person is going through a lot of rounds the cost difference can be significant. Still it's a great powder and performed amazingly well in my 45-90, I think I may have just sat here and talked myself into buying another jug or two of the stuff!

BrassMagnet
04-19-2015, 12:36 PM
I do not consider myself an expert on black powder or black powder substitutes.

Genuine black powder is an explosive. It can be hard to find and possessing it can cause some problems, especially in quantity.

In my reading, I have found two smokeless powders which were designed to replace black powder for black powder cartridge guns. I haven't looked very hard, but I have only seen black powder rifle cartridge loads for these two powders. They are IMR 4198 and Accurate 5744. Lyman #4 Cast Bullet manual frequently lists 5744 as the most accurate load. I have been told IMR 4198 is the go to powder for .45-70 reloading with cast or jacketed.

I have purchased the various black powder substitutes to try in the muzzleloaders I have recently purchased.
I used to shoot fffg in a T/C .50 Hawken, but back then all of the stores carried black powder. Most stores were limited to keeping less than five pounds in stock back then. I have not seen any stores with real black powder in stock recently. So I have to experiment with what I can purchase.

Bent Ramrod
04-19-2015, 08:06 PM
I recall reading that Pyrodex was formulated with potassium perchlorate to raise the ignition temperature high enough so it qualified as a "flammable solid" rather than an "explosive" under the DOT test criteria of the time. It also had a small amount of sodium benzoate added, as the inventor noticed that it crystallizes in flat, slippery flakes, and never completely burns when the charge does. The result is that the fouling offers a slippery surface that does not continue to build up, allowing a considerable string of shots without wiping or cleaning.

I used a lot of Pyrodex "CTG" back in the day in my Garrett Sharps .45-70. A small amount of Pyrodex P on top of the CTG charge, under the boolit, increased the accuracy noticeably.

Knarley
05-10-2015, 09:10 PM
In a cartridge like 45 Colt of 44-40 WCF in a revolver, what is the difference in performance between a BP sub like Pyrodex P, and Black Powder? Will the Pyrodex foul less? How about accuracy?

And please, stay ON TOPIC this time. The last thread was closed because a couple members wanted to cause trouble. Thank you.

From what I have heard from the guys who have used Pyrodex is that it is real hard to get cleaned out of the gun.
One of the guys I shoot with loaded his 44-40 with Pyro-P and I'll tell ya, it was a handfull to shoot.
Another gent. that I know too was using Pyro in his ML Pistol, and was having problems till he went to black.
I personally will not use Pyrodex, it's hard to light, and I have had some bad experience with it hunting. (But that's just my opinion)

The problem with black,in a pistol, is the lube one needs. There just isn't really any where to put it. I have thought on putting a grease cookie on top of the cylinder as I do with my cap guns, but find it easier to use APP that needs no special lubes. If you are looking at it for "Cowboy" shooting, it should be fine, just be aware of the cleaning problems that are alleged to part of Pyro.

Hope this helps a bit,
Knarley

pakmc
04-19-2019, 11:28 AM
knarley, put your lube between the patch and the bullet(ball) in your revolvers. I shoot a 1860 colt open top
with 30 gr's of FFG black powder. with the lube between the wad and the bullet I've shot as many as 60 rounds(ten cylinders of 6) with out cleaning the gun. I also camfered the cylinder to make the whole ball go into the cylinder.(its a tighter fit) and I haven't had a chain fire yet! camfering the front of the cylinder doesn't take much. jsut a few turns with your camfering tool will do it. then there's no more Crisco on top of the cylinder! you don't need it any more. I use wonder lube, Rig universal grease and/or one other that I got from Dixie gun. using this loading system I have almost no grease on the outside of the revolver, and I run one or two patches down the barrel and twist a patch in each cylinder hole and the gun is clean. (I shoot steel plates with it in the Houston area(Friendswood).
Pat