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hOW MANY GRAINS OF PYRODEX?

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  1. Jimborn

    Jimborn TS Member

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    I have a New model Army .44 Cal. revolver. How many grains of Pyrodex do I use??? Thanks
     
  2. DanLee

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    As many as will fit under a lead ball and leave 1/4" for Crisco at the mouth.
     
  3. Old Texas Marine

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    First off get a copy of "Lyman Black Powder Handbook, 2nd Edition" and read it twice concerning your revolver. Then remember Pyrodex is not weighed, it is measured by volume to equal a charge of BP.

    Have fun and keep plenty of clean-up rags handy. It is dirty work, but fun.

    HBT
     
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    Oh come on wuss put in the 3 -50 grain pellets for a magnum load. Just kidd'n do like they have told you and read first. Each gun has what they call its max load. Remember max load is not always best load.----Matt
     
  5. wolfram

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    Use the 30 grain measure supplied with most BP powder flasks. As noted above the actual weight of pyrodex will be less than 30 grains. You want to seat the ball such that it slightly compresses the charge. A blob of grease on top of the ball as per DanLee keeps the cylinder turning and barrel reasonably clean.
     
  6. timb99

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    Well, probably less than the manufacturer says you can use.

    First, make sure its Pyrodex for Pistols.

    I have a replica Griswold & Gunnison brass framed Colt. Because of the brass frame, they recommend not using any more than 17 to 20 grains (volume) of BP or BP substitute.

    17 to 20 grains is plenty of powder for plinking with a BP handgun.

    But, if you do this, I recommend you get the pre-oiled .45 caliber felt patches and put them between your powder and your ball. Otherwise, you don't get the ball seated all the way on top of the powder, which is important.

    IF YOU DON'T SLIGHTLY COMPRESS THE POWDER, AND LEAVE A GAP BETWEEN THE POWDER AND THE BALL, YOU CAN BULGE THE CYLINDER. I know. A friend of mine had a nice Walker replica revolver, and this happened to him.

    Doing this also precludes the need for grease or crisco on top of the ball.

    Finally, black powder and Pyrodex are dirty, and a pain to clean. You might consider Hodgdon Triple 7. Great stuff!

    Enjoy the smoke!
     
  7. Quack Shot

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    It depends on what you intend to do. If it's for plinking, try about 20 grains by VOLUME, with an Ox-Yoke Wonder Wad under the ball. Be sure that there is no air space between the ball and powder. We used to use a little corn meal over the powder if there was a question. We used a little piece of tissue to separate powder and meal if it bothered you. Follow the link above for Hodgdon's data. Usually the manufacturer's recommendations should be observed. I like the pellets and use one pellet and don't bother measuring unless I'm using Triple Seven. Hodgdon says you can load up to 35 grains, by VOLUME, of Pyrodex pistol, in the .44 caliber.
     
  8. Andy44

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    We'll probably be reading about some moron blowing himself apart because he wouldn't, or couldn't read the appropriate data manual for his reloads! SFA!

    AndyH ;-)
     
  9. Tripod

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    I tried the three pellets. They won't fit. What now?
     
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