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Thread: CVA .32 Squirrel Rifle Flintlock

  1. #21
    Boolit Mold
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Thanks for all the tips and advice. Appreciate it! Here`s a dumb question; I have several lbs of Pyrodex RS powder. Have that for my .50, and .54. Can that be used for the smaller .32? Could a small quantity be safely ground (I have a stone mortar and pestal) to be used in the pan instead of 4F? I have no idea where to find 4F powder. Still thinking #11 caps would be a lot easier though...

  2. #22
    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    Apr 2022
    Pyrodex is very difficult to ignite with a rocklock. You really don't need 4 f powder in the pan, 3 f will work just as well. With that peashooter bore 4 f down the pipe will most likely work better but 3 f will still go bang.

  3. #23
    Boolit Mold
    Join Date
    May 2017
    Linesville , Pa.
    I have used 3F in the pan for 50 years with no problems. A friend of mine said he used 2F in damp weather when hunting because it didn't turn to slop . The British army primed muskets with whatever powder was in the paper cartridge, 2F or coarser. I guess it depends on the spark. I never had luck with the manufactured rocks. A good flint adjusted to the frizzen works for me.

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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