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Deagle07 07-17-2007 03:18 PM

Black Powder Bullets
Is a black powder pistol capable of shooting jacketed rounds?


Bidah 07-17-2007 11:14 PM

I don't believe that it would work since the bullet would not expand to seal up the barrel/chamber when you shot it.

sarg1c 02-19-2015 01:43 PM


Originally Posted by Bidah (Post 4630)
I don't believe that it would work since the bullet would not expand to seal up the barrel/chamber when you shot it.

If you used over the powder wad, it would probably work like shooting flat based maxie balls in a riflel. always use an over powder wad. Not necessary with hollow based maxie /miniball

jsr5 02-19-2015 02:12 PM

and grease I'd be really worried about chain fires with a jacketed bullet that can't be "mashed" into the cylinder to seal it up well from flash from previous rounds igniting the powder under a bullet while out of line with the bore. Also the increased effort of engraving the jacketed bullet in the rifling may not bode well for weakly framed BP guns especially the colt clones with no top strap. I would strongly suggest sticking to nice soft pure lead bullets of a design made for BP revolvers. And even then always grease em well.

gr8oldguy 02-19-2015 04:20 PM

I shoot black powder revolvers all the time. I think it would be a bad idea to try it. No way you'd get any kind of accuracy and you'd lose too much pressure from escaping gases around the bullet.

c3shooter 02-19-2015 08:52 PM

The rifling of most black powder firearms is VERY shallow- made for a slow moving SOFT lead bullet. A jacketed bullet will not upset to engage the rifling, and with a hard bullet, shallow rifling, will skip over the rifling. If you are using a sabot to fire a smaller diameter jacketed bullet, then yes, that will work. Sorta.

thdrduck 02-19-2015 09:54 PM

Revolver or cap and ball or flinter? I wouldn't bother even giving it a try in a revolver, but if you were to try a sabot in something like a .50 cal Kentucky pistol with a 1-48 rate of twist or faster, why not. For me... I'll stick with lead.

sarg1c 02-20-2015 01:56 PM

as JFR stated, always use plenty of grease even with soft lead.If you try, don't use long bullets and use a wad over the powder. I'd not be tempted to do so in a revolver but with a single shot give it a try. as someone just said, may not be real accurate...I believe Dixie sells a long bullet for revolvers but think they are lead. Don't have my Dixie book available but did look at some .36 bullet once, If you try just load one chamber while trying. Don't believe you'll be satisfied.Good Luck.

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