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Re: Black powder vrs smokeless

Posted by Ken Smith on Wednesday, 28 December 2011, at 5:48 p.m., in response to Black powder vrs smokeless, posted by Wes on Tuesday, 27 December 2011, at 8:31 p.m.

Hi Wes, I agree with the guys about black powder too. If you are going to shoot that Long Tom, shoot it as it was intended. Besides that it is a lot more fun. May I suggest you invest in the book "Loading Cartridges for the Original .45-70 Springfield Rifle and Carbine", by J.S and Pat Wolf. This is the one to have for guys who want to shoot their antiques. Charles brought up probably the most important point in loading black powder cartridges-- leave no air space between the bullet and the powder charge. Bad things can happen. There is no difference in loading smokeless and black powder. The steps are all the same, with the exception of having to compress your blackpowder charge to exact bullet seating depth or a hair above. This ensures no air gap. Overall cartridge length specifications will also help. After you have tried it and have become thoroughly familiar with it, understand black powder, then it is as easy as falling off a log. Get Wolf's book and study it thoroughly and afterwards I bet you will want to try black powder. If you need help, there are some of us here who can help you. Good shooting! Regards, Ken


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