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Thread: Pulled French 8 Lebel powder

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    Boolit Master
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    Pulled French 8 Lebel powder

    So I have a bunch of 8mm Label on Hotckiss strippers.
    To hot to shoot through the 1886 Label rifle.
    I pulled a couple of strips and tried to fire the primers.
    Not one went off. Good hard hits. Deep dent.
    Saved the powder, hoping I might be able to use it.
    It's tiny little silver squares.
    Anyone know anything about this powder????
    Where on the burn chart it might be????
    I forgot to measure how much is in one case.
    I have lots to pull, so I'll write it down later.

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    Boolit Master
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    Maybe Hotchkiss 'Glass plate flake' powder....Sounds impressive anyway.

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    Boolit Master Texas by God's Avatar
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    You should consult a military cartridge expert about the powder but I wouldn't use it.
    Old powder that is known is one thing. Old unknown powder is quite another.
    It's not worth the danger.

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    Boolit Man
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    Weigh the charge coming out of the pulled down rounds.
    Use that charge or a bit less to reload 8mm Lebel cartridges under the same weight bullet.

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