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Re: BP substitute loads

Posted by Dick NieKamp on Thursday, 12 February 2009, at 4:15 p.m., in response to BP substitute loads, posted by Jim Slater on Thursday, 12 February 2009, at 1:09 p.m.

Hi Jim. The use of BP subs in TD's or any other BP cartridge firearms poses no addition problems. The Cowboy Action Shooters and Single Action Shooting Society have been doing this for years. It is measured volume for volume as you would use it in a muzzleloader. A 55 or 70 grain load of BP is "equivilent" to a 55 or 70 grain load of Pyrodex by volume. Beware that Pyrodex, as in Muzzleloaders, is ten times more corrosive than BP and needs to be cleaned with modern gun solvents. 777 is water soluble and cleans up just like BP. These two are the most used in BP cartridge circles. There are some others out there, but even in ML's have had more limited success. The newbies have been targeted to inline ML's with saboted pistol bullets and fast twists. You might check with either the CAS or SASS for more in depth info on some of these new ones. Hopes this at least gives you a starting point.

Dick NIeKamp


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