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rob1990 03-16-2013 06:06 PM

I have a Ardesa spain rifle and I was wondering if anyone has any idea what all id need to shoot it as far as what powder and how much and primers? Any help would be great thanks

HockaLouis 03-16-2013 09:18 PM

Don't know the arm. Pics? Anyway...

Rule of thumb is up to twice the cal in grains of black powder is a healthy load. At 50 Cal. most will tell u FFg. 100 grains would be more than sufficient. You can load a little more and always less. You can also load FFFg, particularly in a shorter gun, but I'd never go over 100 grains with that. .50 cal. 50-grain "pellets" of blackpowder or powder substitute are commonly available (mostly used by hunters).

Probably uses #11 Percussion Caps. .490 lead balls and some thin lubed patches would probably be useful.

Fun and safe shooting!

c3shooter 03-17-2013 01:49 AM


You have some reading to do. I am assuming that you have a traditional style side hammer caplock rifle. HERE IS THE OWNER'S MANUAL.

Print it and read it- ALL of it.

Two general rules for muzzleloaders-

First, NEVER shoot anything but real actual true marked that way on the can BLACK powder- or a product made as a black powder substitute, such as Pyrodex. Yes, pellets are fine.

Second- NEVER attempt to fire a muzzleloader when the bullet is not all the way down the barrel on top of the powder charge. Having a gap between powder and ball will destroy rifle, and not make you look too pretty, either.

Read the manual, then come back to us with questions.

Hawg 03-17-2013 12:28 PM

I ran my 50 cal with 90 grains of Pyrodex, a .490 ball and .015 patches. I'm thinking that rifle has a drum breech like the CVA's so it probably won't work well with pellets.

303tom 03-17-2013 01:25 PM

I agree with Hawg, thats what I use in my .50 cap & balls, you can get every thing you need at Wall-Mart, at least I can at mine here...............

rob1990 03-17-2013 02:04 PM

Awsome. You have all be very helpful this guns been sitting in the closet for 5 years since I got it and I have no clue when it comes to blackpowder guns so this helps alot. Thanks

HockaLouis 03-17-2013 04:52 PM

May I suggest that if u waited five years u should wait a coupla weeks more and get a copy of NRA's blackpowder basics paperback?

BigJohn3282 05-01-2013 11:33 PM

Call Mom, and ask them what there Baby takes. They may have the info you need on there web site. I bet if you called Hodgdon Powder Co. (1-913-362-9455) Tell them what you have they can tell you what you need. Don't guess! Bad things can happen. Go to YouTube, and watch a few how two's.

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