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Re: First firing 1884

Posted by Steve robinson on Saturday, 21 July 2012, at 7:54 p.m., in response to Re: First firing 1884, posted by Steve robinson on Tuesday, 17 July 2012, at 6:31 a.m.

My arms dealer seems to think smokeless powder might be ok as long as its a lead round. He confirmed I got a good deal on the Springfield, too.

I don't think I'll take a chance, though. When the cowboy ammo came, I went ahead and knocked out the bullets and dumped the powder. I'll reload with BP when I get some dies.

I did shoot the BP ammos got from black hills. It was noticably gentler, but still pretty violent. Exciting.

It still shot about 12 inches high at 200 yards, which is about right since the say the sights are for a 500 grain round at 200 yards.

I shot some BP 357 rounds out of my Rossi. Results were interesting. The Chrony indicated the loads were consistant at 1% standard deviation, but at 100 yards, the group was about 5 inches. Som smokeless loads with toilet paper wadding shot tighter, but at around 3%.

What wadding, if any do you guys use? I heard some used card board. Are those pre cut or do you cut them out manually?


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