Originally Posted by mannparks
in 50-70 or 45-70 cases what are the pros & cons to using wads? --charles
That would depend on the loadings, the usual way is to fill the case with black powder or an equivilent powder (never smokeless powder) and seat the bullet on top of the charge and lightly crimp the case.
The best and most consistent loads are weighed and loaded through a drop tube of at least 16"'s long.
If one wants to reduce the charge, in my case I have a .45/90 first model REM. Rolling Block rifle, 90 grns is a pretty stiff load, and isn't really necessary for paper punching, so I reduce the powder charge to 60 grns., wads tend to build un-necessary pressure, I've found that using a filler works much better, and it's cleaner burning.
What I use is a pinch of poly pillow filling over the powder, then I use cream of wheat to top off the case, then I seat my bullet over the cream of wheat with a light compression and lightly crimp.
This method works great for me, but remember that the case must be filled and the bullet seated firmly on top of the charge or you have an unsafe condition.