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Thread: double shots in a cap and ball 44

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    Boolit Master Doughty's Avatar
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    farmbif, just because something was not done often or not efficiently, doesn't mean that somebody didn't do it and might have thought it was a great thing. At one time .22 shorts were thought to be suitable self-defense rounds. So maybe Johnstone's character thought he was a tacticool dude and just didn't know any better.
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    You can say that again.
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    I'm sure most of you have heard of snake shot loads for cap and ball. How different is this, really?

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    Buck and ball writ small?

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    Quote Originally Posted by armoredman View Post
    Buck and ball writ small?
    Right. Except, in this case, the rifling is still beneficial.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swineherd View Post
    I'm sure most of you have heard of snake shot loads for cap and ball. How different is this, really?
    ??????not even close to similar...............................

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    Quote Originally Posted by indian joe View Post
    ??????not even close to similar...............................
    Certainly similar. Also, not the same.

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    We should remember the RB weighs less than the typical bullet used in percussion revolvers. In a 35 caliber the RB weighs about 80 gr where the bullet [37583] weighs in about 150 gr. Two RBs are going to weigh 160 gr and they will, as mentioned, eat up a lot of powder space. As per Lyman's Black Powder Handbook a 12 gr charge of 4fg under that bullet gave a measured pressure [LUP] of 9,200. Thus, if one could get the same 12 gr under the double RBs I doubt the pressure would be much higher than that 9,200. Considering Lyman list a max load of 15 gr 4Fg for the bullet at a LUP of 10,600 I doubt the double RB load will prove excessive let alone catastrophic.
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    I once had more than one ball come out of my C&B .44 when I pulled the trigger.
    It got my attention!
    I’ve used ox yoke or similar wads since and happily no more chain fires occurred…..
    Is that the same thing????


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