Hi Guys, Well, I finally took the plunge. I just made a deal on a used Pietta 1851 Navy 36 cal. My first Black Powder gun. But, now I have a few questions. I found the manual on Pietta's website. According to them .36 cal, .375 ball 9-12 grains of powder. I'm concerned because I read many post talking about 18,20,21 grain loads?? Am I missing something? This one was proofed in 1989 [AH]. Are the old ones better or worse than the current production? Next, I'm thinking Pyrodex is a safer way to go. I already reload normal cartridges, so storing smokless powder for years. Not sure I want to step up to risk of real Black Powder.