RotoMetals2StainLess Steel MediaWidenersMidSouth Shooters Supply
Lee PrecisionInline FabricationRepackboxGraf & Sons
Titan Reloading
Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Powder coating 45/70 Trapdoor

  1. #1
    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Posts
    230

    Powder coating 45/70 Trapdoor

    Iím casting the Lee 405 grain hollow base for my 1873 Springfield Trapdoor. I am going to use both smokeless and Goex. Will powder coating the hollowbase bullet be ok using smokeless powder in this Trapdoor?
    I would assume that when using Goex a lube must be used without the powder coating.

  2. #2
    Boolit Master Grmps's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2016
    Posts
    2,829
    No lube needed with powdercoating.

    Hollow base, not a problem if it gets coated or not; only important that the area that contacts the rifling gets coated

    Many people do not PC the bottom.

    I've PC'd over 100# of 45/70 -for friends, they love them

  3. #3
    Boolit Master gpidaho's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Location
    Beautiful Idaho
    Posts
    1,504
    I shoot those bullets powder coated in my Henry 45-70 and they work very well. Gp

  4. #4
    Lube needed with black powder regardless of the coating or not.

    I would suggest maybe lube cookies with a plain base. With a hollow base I would probably pan lube with SPG or similar.

  5. #5
    Boolit Master Reverend Al's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Victoria, B.C., Canada
    Posts
    1,359
    I powder coated some Lee 405 HB .45-70 bullets to try in my old Trapdoor with fairly good results. I tried the same bullet and loads in a Danish Rolling Block and it shot a fantastic 3 shot group at 100 yards. I loaded and shot them "naked" (no outside lube). All of my loads were with Trapdoor safe charges of IMR4198 though and not with black powder ...



    I may have passed my "Best Before" date, but I haven't reached my "Expiry" date!

  6. #6
    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    Feb 2018
    Posts
    343
    Powder coating works great in my .45-70 Marlin. I don’t see a need to gas check them.

    I don’t see any reason you couldn’t use the powder coated boolits with BP if you wanted to. Just follow correct procedures for BP. Swabbing after each shot or using a greese cookie.

  7. #7
    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Posts
    230
    Thanks everyone for the information. I was able to cast a 100 of them today. Still trying to get a handle on that as some were at 405 grains and some as low as 396 grains. Anyways going to pan lube half and get the makings to powder coat the rest.

  8. #8
    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Posts
    230
    I picked up an 8 oz Eastwood Hot Coat bright red powder. Will this work ok for the 45/70 bullets?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Abbreviations used in Reloading

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
GC Gas Check