Originally Posted by zeskullmaster
I just cant understand why ANYONE would put smokeless powder in a rifle that loads a loose powder charge ... and I would bet he loaded by wt.and not vol. I load Black powder cartridge as well as muzzle loaders but I NEVER load a Black powder in any weapon that takes a loose powder I dont care if it said it was ok or not . You could say it goes against my grain . ( No pun intended )
I believe he loaded the other way around; by volume and not weight. different powders have different densities, are more powerful etc. The barrel may or may not have been rated for 120kpsi which can easily exceeded if you put twice the recommended charge...
There's also the possibility that the charge detonated, either by having too much powder or perhaps packed way too tight; even though I find this unlikely, detonation is something that occurs in high explosives, like RDX, TNT, Nitroglycerin, and not gun powder; I suppose stranger things have and do happen.
What I don't understand, and they gave us plenty of muzzleloader horror stories just like this in hunters ed, is what possessed these people to use smokeless powder in the first place with stuff like pyrodex on the market. Pyrodex is cheap, clean and comes in pellets, why not use it?