Loading blanks

Discussion in 'Blackpowder & Musket' started by twitch, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. twitch

    twitch New Member

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    How would you load blanks In a black powder revolver,also I heard different answers on what size ball to use in a 44.its just an inexpensive one ,I can't remember the model but its got the hardend frame.i just got it back out after about 13 years.just needs cleaned up a little.you all use any particular cleaners.also I've got #10 and#11 nipples is o e better than the other.also the powder I have is about 12 years old ,think its any good.its to dam cold to go out and shoot right now.
     

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  2. thdrduck

    thdrduck New Member

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    Most use a .451 ball. I have shot blanks out of a single shot, but not a revolver. Instead of putting in a ball I tamped a wad of kleenex or toilet paper on top the powder. Number 11 caps are more common then 10's thus easier to find.
     

  3. cgersty

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    Kinda looks like my 1860 army, mine shoots the .454 balls the best, it shaves the little ring of lead off, I clean mine with hot soapy water, and keep it lubed up with some blackpowder patch lube, I use #11 magnum I think they are musket caps, and I've never shot blank loads out of mine, and I'm curious how and what works the best on them as well.

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  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    As said- the correct sized ball will be slightly oversized, and will trim itself to fit when loading.

    Re: Blank loads- there is a better than even chance you will experience a chain fire from those. Bad ju-ju.

    Cleanup? Hot water, Dawn dish detergent.
     
  5. thdrduck

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    What makes you say that they would increase the chance of a chain fire? If you lubed the kleenex or toilet paper, why would they any more prone then a ball? wondering.
     
  6. cgersty

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    I was wondering the same thing, you could use a lubed wad too and grease the cylinders, dont see what would be different than regular loads?
     
  7. thdrduck

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    And... just load 10 gr of power in each and if it did a chain fire, so what, they are blanks. Guess who is loading blanks in his remington as soon as my bullet mold shows up (don't want to clean it twice just to play with blanks).
     
  8. cgersty

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    I may get mine out and walk down to the creek tomorrow and shoot some and some lead balls, it is so fun to shoot, but ya almost gotta shoot quite a bit through it to make up for the chore of cleaning it!
     
  9. cgersty

    cgersty New Member

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    There is a YouTube video entitled loading cap and ball revolvers blanks, check it out, its pretty cool!