- Nov 12, 2017
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- Republic of Texas, District of Krum
The very title of this thread states NEW TO PERCUSSIONI have been weighing powder for a while due to the fact I've been reloading since 1970 and love precision shooting and loading. Which ever granulated powder you might choose, always start by measuring volume then weight it and log it in. I've had this argued over and over that it will not work. Just today I was weighing out 20 loads for the range and every time I use this method, start by volume measurement then pour it in the weigh scales. By weight I'm usually off .2 to .3 of a grains from the volume measure proving the very reason I weigh each shot prior to range day or hunting. This method works for me and many that have followed. Never confuse FFg and FFFg being the same weight because of density differences. Shoot safe!
The OP states he measured out 75 grain (by weight) as a starting load. OF PYRODEX.
The load he thought was a light load is really very close to MAX load.
Not only did the OP not know that synthetic and real BP don't weigh the same, I'm pretty sure he has never heard of the Curtrich study of 2012. The max stated by the manufacturer of his gun is 110 gr.
What if the OP had decided to start with the max and work his way down?
His first shot in a 35-40 year old gun would have been 135% of max load - and that done through shear inexperience with black powder.
You are 100% correct - if you are going to weigh - start first with volume measure -then weigh it.
Talking to several new black powder shooters at the range - I have discovered that very few of them have any idea how to measure and properly load for black powder. When I see another black powder shooter show up at the range that I don't know and see them fumbling about - I go strike up a conversation with them, and offer all the help they will take to get off on the right foot.
The young man that runs this section of the range has actually asked a new to black powder shooter that shows up to NOT shoot on that particular day because he sees them struggling. His job is to keep the range safe and a newbie at the black art can be a hazard to themselves and others near them. He asks them to come back on Tuesday morning and get with me.