I've read that black powder can be dried out and used if gotten wet but does loose some of it's potency. I have not tested this over my chronograph to see if true, has anyone else done so so I won't have to?whatever the reason is it is. My paper cartridges turn to mush in july even if they are in a sandwich baggie but they shoot just fine in january when they have dried out again...
Sorry, sir, black powder is hydroscopic. Humidity will, over time, affect the performance of black powder as the powder will absorb the moisture. Having said that, a tight fitting ball and cap will certainly slow down the absorbtion of moisture.That is an old saw that is simply not correct. Bp, by itself will not "suck up" moisture. If the gun is clean and completely free of residue it can remain loaded for generations and still shoot. It is the by-product of shooting bp that attracts moisture. And it does it quitel effectively, as any flint shooter can tell you when shooting during humid weather.
with the price of caps i was too cheap to snap caps on the cylinders before loading them hence my oil contamination and misfires...
I have left a revolver loaded for 5 years and it went bang on every chamber the first try.I carried a Ruger Old Army whilst maintaining the horse fence. Shot a couple snakes and an odd groundhog. Today I pack a ‘62 Pocket Police when fishing. Does a number on snakes and always goes bang.
I have left my revolvers loaded for as long as a month and had no issues.
Must disagree. It is the residue from shooting bp that is hydroscopic. But, let us hope a genuine scientist can jump in here and clarify. BTW, I have powder that is 50 years old and has not absorbed moisture. Good as new.Sorry, sir, black powder is hydroscopic.
No scientist, but I purchased a few dozen 45-70 balloon head cartridges in a box dated 1874. I pulled several of the bullets and dumped the powder into a saucer. I totally forgot about the saucer of powder and it sat on top my workshop cabinet for a few years. So it sat open to the air in a damp basement for 3 maybe 4 years. I put the powder in a couple plastic film canisters and took them along to the range one afternoon. My shooting buddies all looked and we figured the granulation was about 1.5 fg. Loaded it in a percussion rifle and seemed to fire just fine. I noticed no additional drop from which I assumed there was no loss in velocity. In fairness, I will say, that I read about a pendulum test of some 1840's black powder some of the same lot was tested with a chronograph about 1985 and the old 2 fg powder did demonstrate noticeably more oomph and velocity than modern made Goex 2fg. The conclusion drawn from that latter test was that the 1840's powder was somehow better than the modern stuff. IIRC, a comparison of chemical composition was to be run, but I don't believe I ever saw the results..Must disagree. It is the residue from shooting bp that is hydroscopic. But, let us hope a genuine scientist can jump in here and clarify. BTW, I have powder that is 50 years old and has not absorbed moisture. Good as new.
I'm like you, if I shoot it I have to clean it or it will not let me rest. Black powder kept dry is not very corrosive but black powder fouling is so it cannot be left in a fouled condition especially where humid.
You know I never did try a left sided carry. Didn't even cross my mind. I carried on my right hip from my belt, I wonder if it would have been more comfortable on the left with butt to the rear. Will definately have to try it out next time. Thanks!JR,
I carry my Tranter high on my waist at the left side, butt forward.
The barrel never rubs anywhere, but is six inches, not 7 1/2".
very comfortable, as long as holster attached to the belt so it cant move around the waist.
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