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Re: 1884 trapdoor accuracy

Posted by Ernie Brandt on Thursday, 19 November 2009, at 9:35 p.m., in response to 1884 trapdoor accuracy, posted by Steve Applegate on Thursday, 19 November 2009, at 4:52 p.m.


The bullet size should be .458-459. Some folks shoot .461 in worn barrels.

If you want to completely eliminate the black powder mess, try Hodgden's Trail Boss smokeless powder in you cadet. The load I use for 300-330 grain bullets is 14&1/2 grains of Trail Boss. You can fill the gap between the powder & bullet with Cream Of Wheat. If you do this always compress the C-O-W & load soo's the powder & C-O-W won't mix.

You can download a loading chart at the Hodgden Web Site. It covers several powders & bullet weights.

Remember this, as the bullet weight goes up so dose the cup pressure. I stick to the lighter weights for pukin' paper.



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