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Thread: 50/70 Rolling Block Carbine Loads

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    Boolit Mold
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    Jan 2008

    50/70 Rolling Block Carbine Loads

    Has anyone used 500 grain bullets in a 50/70 Rolling Block carbine?
    I just got a carbine and the only bullets I have are .515 500gr.
    I want to use a light charge of FFG, a full load would have severe recoil.
    Would about 40 grains of Goex FFG be a safe load? The gun is in good
    condition. Paul

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    Boolit Master

    bruce drake's Avatar
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    May 2005
    Brownsburg, Indiana

    Several of us on this forum own 50-70 Government trapdoors so if you hit the search button, you'll find several threads on that very classic cartridge. I use a 450gr bullet from a Lee mould that I shoot as cast under a load of 42gr of Pyrodex to replicate a 70gr blackpowder load in my 1868 trapdoor.

    And I see you are a long time member and lower post count member so hopefully the rest of us can help you out also.

    I Cast my Boolits, Therefore I am Happy.
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    Boolit Master 15meter's Avatar
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    Feb 2017
    SE Michigan
    I've got a 50-70 trapdoor. I use the Lee 450 grain boolit with 5744, Accurate has load data compatible with trapdoors. I suspect it would work in a rolling block. I think they also had data with their 2495 powder at even lower pressure. Not sure if the 2495 is still available.

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