1858 Explosion from Smokeless

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BullRunBear

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I've seen this before but I'm been getting more questions about shooting cap and ball revolvers and black powder guns generally from folks who are complete newbies. I should note this video as a way to reinforce the 'no smokeless powder' rule. Thanks for posting it.

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If you think that's good wait till you see what 4f can do!
Mwhahahaha.....
That's very very naughty of you 😅

Folks 4Fg isn't supposed to blow up your modern 1858 Remington Repro like smokeless. I'd recommend you use 3Fg black powder or Pyrodex P for pistol.... simply to save some wear and tear on your wrist.

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Not to undermine the danger of mistakenly using smokeless powder in place of BP, but target shooters at the turn of the century (and a few still today) used duplex loads for accuracy and reduced bore fouling. Mainly in BP cartridge guns, but also in cap 'n ball. This practice can be EXTREMELY DANGEROUS, blowing up your gun or worse and I wouldn't reccomend it, but it has been done with varying degrees of success for more than a century and loading information is out there in older publications.
 

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That's very very naughty of you 😅

Folks 4Fg isn't supposed to blow up your modern 1858 Remington Repro like smokeless. I'd recommend you use 3Fg black powder or Pyrodex P for pistol.... simply to save some wear and tear on your wrist.

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Those who have stronger wrists can continue using the 4f…


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Not to undermine the danger of mistakenly using smokeless powder in place of BP, but target shooters at the turn of the century (and a few still today) used duplex loads for accuracy and reduced bore fouling. Mainly in BP cartridge guns, but also in cap 'n ball. This practice can be EXTREMELY DANGEROUS, blowing up your gun or worse and I wouldn't reccomend it, but it has been done with varying degrees of success for more than a century and loading information is out there in older publications.
During the late unpleasantness with the north, the south did make gun cotton…. Essentially modern gun powder.
I don’t know any of the loading information but I recall Vern describing it in Mysterious Island.
I made some gun cotton, but my first ml gun the elderly man who sold it to me stress never never never put anything but black in your gun.
 

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People that use anything but BP or it's substitute (Pyrodex, etc.) in their muzzleloader are definite Darwin Award contendees.
 
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