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Re: Black Hills Ammunition?
Posted by Rich F on Saturday, 12 March 2011, at 11:19 p.m., in response to Re: Black Hills Ammunition?, posted by ken on Saturday, 12 March 2011, at 3:02 p.m.
I've used Black Ammunition in 3 different trapdoors, and the guns are still intact, as am I (the standard disclaimer - your experiences could be much different). The Black Hills 45-70 ammo is designed for Cowboy Action Shooting, so even though it is smokeless, it is made to be shot in original and reproduction black powder guns.
The lead is a bit harder than the standard 20-1 lead typically recommended for the trapdoor, but it is softer than BHN 15 of Hunters Supply lead (the thumb nail test). Accuracy at 50-100 yards seems good (better than I shoot), and I haven't had a leading problem in the barrel from them either. If you do use Black Hills, I'd suggest tipping the muzzle of your rifle up (to move all the powder toward the primer) before you fire the gun. This is to help reduce the ammount of unbuned powder. It's not unusual to get a few grains of powder left behind in the breech block after the shell is ejected. The powder can interfer with the chambering of the next round (just clean out the powder,and you'll be good to go).
The brass they use is quite nice as well, great for reloading. It looks like Starline brass.
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