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Old 09-17-2011, 02:06 AM   #11
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I use FFFG Pyrodex that is made for pistols, the FFG that you said you are using is for rifles so the grains are different, 10-15 grains of FFG should be sufficient but I have no idea since I use the pistol powder in my pistols, and the rifle powder in my rifles.

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What diameter balls are you shooting out of yours? When you load them you want the cylinder to shave a little ring of lead off of them.

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What diameter balls are you shooting out of yours? When you load them you want the cylinder to shave a little ring of lead off of them.

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A bit is shaved when I push it in. I expected that though it seemed a bit tight to me. But then this is new to me.
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I only use FFFG in pistols. FFG is for rifles. I have used FFFG in Rifles. But not the other way around. FFG is a slower burning powder.

Is anyone else here using FFG in pistols?

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I only use FFFG in pistols. FFG is for rifles. I have used FFFG in Rifles. But not the other way around. FFG is a slower burning powder.

Is anyone else here using FFG in pistols?
Yep, Pyrodex RS almost exclusively. I can't tell any difference shooting offhand between that and P. From the pics it looks like powder contamination.
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3F is a decent pistol powder, unless you are shooting one of those New Orleans Aces 22s.

Yes, a ball and cap revolver should shave a ring of lead as you load it- that is sizing the ball to fit the barrel (and to fit the charge hole of the cylinder)

For a .44 or .45 caliber, your initial powder charges were pretty light.

The powder is not getting lit for whatever reason. Either #10 or #11 caps should do the job (more of what fits on the nipples) Prior to loading, I snap a cap on each nipple- just to clean any oil or crud from the nipple. I load powder, ball, and lube OVER the ball.

I would probably get another tin of caps and try those to see if they gave better results. Be sure the caps fit snugly all the way down on the nipple, and that they stay there.

While many people DO use a greased patch under the ball, i don't. It takes up room needed for powder, and good lube over the ball will control chainfire.

Pyrodex can be harder to light than real black powder, but the straight line system of a revolver should not have a problem with it. I would use Pyrodex PISTOL powder.

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You received a lot of great info with this thread, Havegun. I learned something as well. I had never seen anyone use a pyrodex pellet in a revolver. I didn't think that the cap would light it off since the flame hole is not super large and the caps are nowhere near as hot as a 409 cap used on a modern muzzleloader. Enjoy your pistol. I should have noticed the heavy mix of grease on your bullet like Moonpie did, but missed it. Great observation, Moonpie!

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You received a lot of great info with this thread, Havegun. I learned something as well. I had never seen anyone use a pyrodex pellet in a revolver.

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Who said anything about pellets? I know some people have used them but the ones I've seen try didn't have very good results.
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Who said anything about pellets? I know some people have used them but the ones I've seen try didn't have very good results.
They were demonstrated as part of the loading process in the video.

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