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Thread: black powder round ball 45 colt loads

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    Boolit Bub
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    black powder round ball 45 colt loads

    Any suggestions for making up black powder 45 colt loads with a round ball?

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    Boolit Master
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    Be vewy carefull !!! These are very addictive. You will wake up arranging your schedule to allow time to go shoot em more.

    My hint is thusely;

    ... prime the cases.
    ... flair the mouth.
    ... put enough 2Fg powder to be filled to the bottom of the flair.
    ... put the round ball on the powder and seat the ball to just below the hemisphere and crimp over the hemisphere to hold it in place.
    ... i dunk em in melted SPG to put a nice coating on the ball and case mouth.

    Go shoot em fast ... they very well may go bad so ... quickly ... go burn em up.

    Further hint, they are WAY WAY more fun shooting them through a Colt 1860 with the cartridge conversion cylinder. That is as fun as it gets ... i promise.
    WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE...MORE WILL BE SAID THEN DONE

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    Boolit Master
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    Less Black Powder and two Balls is also fun...

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    Boolit Master
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    Ted, do you load ,451 or .454 round balls?
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    Boolit Bub
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    These are so much fun. Not much recoil and my grandson enjoys shooting them.

    I use the .45 Schofield case, 23 gr Olyd Ensford fffg, a .45 dia 1/8 inch thick wool wad soaked in home made bullet lube and a .454 RB tumbled with BLL. I seat the ball just past the equator and crimp in the same operation pressing the ball and wad against the powder.

    These chrono at an ave of 775 FPS and a ES of 25.

    In the near future I am planning to use a little more powder (ff) and load .45 Colt Cases just to see if it might be a little more accurate.
    Last edited by G50-70; 08-02-2018 at 05:32 PM.

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    i use 5grs of greendot and .454 roundballs and these are fun and accurate!

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    Boolit Master
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    I load .454 balls. They are home cast lead balls so i load the sprue down against the powder.

    These are very addictive and now thanks to this thread, i must load more and take time to enjoy them again.

    Just weaned myself off them for awhile ... now i think i must dive back into the clutch's of these very fun and accurate ball rounds.
    WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE...MORE WILL BE SAID THEN DONE

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    Thumbs up on lubed wad and .454 RB on top of BP. I like the Idea of using a tumble lube on your RB's.
    Listen! Do you hear it. The roar of cannons, the screams of the dying! Ahh! Music to my ears!

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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
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