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Re: small bore?? ( Watson)

Posted by Ken Smith on Monday, 4 June 2012, at 11:05 a.m., in response to Re: small bore??, posted by Watson on Sunday, 3 June 2012, at 3:17 p.m.

Hi Watson, In one of your letters you state that you can see where the grooves are cutting into the bullet. This got me to thinking. This can be a problem with long-nosed, soft alloy bullets. The problem is compressing the powder charge while seating the bullet. This will upset or distort the nose of the bullet to the extent that the loaded cartridge will be hard to, or will not, chamber as the bullet is contacting the rifling. I am willing to bet this is the condition with the ammunition that will not chamber. I speak from experience. When I first started loading black powder for these rifles, I thought I would be the wise owl in the tree, and compress the powder column while seating the bullet. These were the Government 500 grainers. Thankfully, I only loaded 20, and most of the 20 would not chamber, and the rest just did not feel right. I wound up pulling the bullets on the whole lot, and ended up with 20 blanks. At the time I had a copy of Spencer Wolf's book on loading the original type ammo for these, and knew that powder compression and bullet seating were separate operations. I just had to try it, and learned quickly why. I never did it again. But at any rate, this sounds like this is your condition with the ammo you bought. I hope this helps. Have any of you other shooters out there run into this before? Regards, Ken


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