Traditions vest pocket derringer

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  1. Jul 28, 2011 #1

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    I need some help with supplies for this gun. I am buying today the vest pocket derringer by Traditions. I am not sure what size ball to get for it. It is a 31 caliber but I'm not sure if I need a slightly bigger or smaller ball for it and I don't know where to buy that size... I know Hornady sells 32 caliber balls in .310 and .315 size balls but I don't think those will work... Also I don't where to buy a wad or patch for this gun. I found a video online of a guy shooting this and he is the only one but he won't respond to questions. I will post it below for you to be able to get an idea of what I'm kinda looking for. I don't know what primer type or how much gun powder to put in it for each shot... Also can you use the same black powder in all black powder guns? Thanks!

    Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfb-XjvqLcw
     
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  2. Jul 28, 2011 #2

    RADeO

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    Dixie Gun Works sells (or sold) the same type of derringer. They recommended a charge of 5 grains of 3fg powder and a .310 ball. A standard #11 percussion cap gets the party started. I guess the ball was retained in the bore by friction alone (no patch), as the Dixie catalog specs indicate the smooth bore was .310" in diameter.

    If you are buying a new piece there should be some manufacturers suggested load information included.


    Hope this helps.
     
  3. Jul 28, 2011 #3

    rafterob

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    Black powder recommendations are fffg for calibers up to .50 and ffg for calibers .50 and up. Many people vary from these recommendations however.
     
  4. Jul 29, 2011 #4

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    thanks. I looked some after purchasing it today and it I found 5 to 10 grains but it changes if you use real or synthetic black powder.
     
  5. Jul 29, 2011 #5

    Don

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    I do believe I own the same one in the video. I used a patched .315 ball but can't remember the powder charge but do believe it was over the recommended 10 grains of 3f. It may have been as much as 16 or 18 grains. It barely penetrated a 1 inch thick pine board at point blank range.

    Don
     
  6. Jul 29, 2011 #6

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    dang I bought a .310 size ball. Will it not fit? I did buy some patches too so I could lubricate them and use to keep the ball in the barrel. That sucks that it can't penetrate anything but mostly I like collecting them. I will have others that perform better. Is the gun at least reliable?
     
  7. Jul 29, 2011 #7

    Don

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    Yours is a Traditions, mine was made by Shooters Arms from the Phillipines so the bore size may be different. Mine is reliable but I do need to put a grain or two of real black in first with the pyrodex P on top of that. Hammer spring seems to have enough snap to pop caps.

    Don
     
  8. Aug 1, 2011 #8

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    oh okay. Well I still don't know if the stopping power would really be any different though with it being such a small gun and in 32 caliber.
     
  9. Aug 1, 2011 #9

    RADeO

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    If you are interested in stopping power, I don't think the .31/.32-caliber derringers are going to deliver what you what. While they may be just right for giving the occasional enraged watermellon an Excedrin headache, or handily putting down the odd psychotic shoebox:rotf:, serious BP derringer stopping power begins at about .44-caliber and 20 or so grains of 3fg powder.
     
  10. Aug 1, 2011 #10

    Curt LaManna

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    !no hablo Ingles! is more likely the answer as to why he never answered. :grin:
     
  11. Aug 14, 2011 #11

    Greg Hardy

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    Careful, you could put an eye out...just kidding.
    While it may not have a lot of stopping power, it can still be quite deadly, otherwise they wouldn't have been as popular as they were. 'Stopping power' is sort of an intangible. As I read once, 'A solid hit with a .22 beats a loud miss with a .45' so I reckon the same applied to a .31.
     
  12. Sep 3, 2011 #12

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    well I am just trying to figure out what exactly how much I can use. I don't know if I should go as high as 15 grains or something with mine since it's a traditions gun, since I don't know a way to chronograph it and keep it in a safe range etc. So I should just 10 grains to start? How do I know if I can go up? Also I have 2f in stead of the 3f so how differently should I load the gun?
     
  13. Sep 3, 2011 #13

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    10 grains of powder should be quite adequate in a little .31 derringer.

    As some folks mentioned, shooting it at a piece of plywood can result int the ball bouncing back at you but that is mainly due to the small ball and the short barrel.

    These two things are really the controlling features of the gun and adding more powder only results in more powder being burned outside the barrel long after the ball has departed.

    Fun targets like tin cans, pop cans, clay pigeons and dirt clods won't cause the ball to bounce back and IMO, with a little pistol like that shooting them at 10-15 feet can be a fun challenge. :)
     
  14. Sep 8, 2011 #14

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    I see that you liked my video ..... :grin: :grin:

    The weapon no longer i have it but used to charging with blackpowder switzerland FFFF, as a measure use a cap of the caliber .22LR after as taco used a cotton roll those used by dentists, finally or well you loaded perdigón or a ball of the caliber .32 that was a little forced.

    I apologize if you do not answer the questions
    At the end i myself manufactures a canon to shoot .22LR and quite well
     
  15. Sep 8, 2011 #15

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    Photos..

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    :rotf: that is not a muzzelloader it loads from the wrong end. :v
     
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    This is the same but with your canon original

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