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Posted: 12/18/2012 5:50:47 PM EST
I recently received my original colt bullet mold to cast bullets for my colt 1860 army made by Uberti. I figured I would use this mold until I had the money to send off a bullet to a place to have a modern mold made. Aside from that I was wondering what a good powder charge is to use with this bullet. I have no idea what the bullets will weigh out at other than it will definitely be over 200 grs. These are the bullets that were designed for the gun. I will be shooting the rest of the FFFg black powder I have until it’s gone and I have to switch to my pyrodex.

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Link Posted: 12/18/2012 6:07:21 PM EST
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The std. round ball load is 30gr of 3Fg, use 25gr 3Fg to start. You might go to 30gr of 3Fg, but see if you need to before starting there.

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Link Posted: 12/19/2012 7:15:27 PM EST
25 grains sounds about right, the only thing you really have to watch out for is filling the chamber too full to seat the bullet fully inside the chamber. I would leave a little extra room to account for the bullets in latter chambers being inched forward by recoil.

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Link Posted: 12/23/2012 12:20:30 AM EST
Originally Posted By troutbum86:
25 grains sounds about right, the only thing you really have to watch out for is filling the chamber too full to seat the bullet fully inside the chamber. I would leave a little extra room to account for the bullets in latter chambers being inched forward by recoil.


So I shot the 1860 with 25 gr FFFg black powder behind a 211 gr conical from an origional colt mold lubed with SPG. Accuracy was excellent and performance was superb. I fired about 60 rounds.

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Link Posted: 12/23/2012 4:52:34 AM EST

Originally Posted By m1garand__man:
Originally Posted By troutbum86:
25 grains sounds about right, the only thing you really have to watch out for is filling the chamber too full to seat the bullet fully inside the chamber. I would leave a little extra room to account for the bullets in latter chambers being inched forward by recoil.


So I shot the 1860 with 25 gr FFFg black powder behind a 211 gr conical from an origional colt mold lubed with SPG. Accuracy was excellent and performance was superb. I fired about 60 rounds.

Good deal!!

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Link Posted: 12/23/2012 5:14:05 AM EST
consider a Howell conversion and use 45 long colt you can still use the 200gr conicals with smokless


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Link Posted: 12/23/2012 9:53:45 AM EST
Originally Posted By m1garand__man:
Originally Posted By troutbum86:
25 grains sounds about right, the only thing you really have to watch out for is filling the chamber too full to seat the bullet fully inside the chamber. I would leave a little extra room to account for the bullets in latter chambers being inched forward by recoil.


So I shot the 1860 with 25 gr FFFg black powder behind a 211 gr conical from an origional colt mold lubed with SPG. Accuracy was excellent and performance was superb. I fired about 60 rounds.



Wonderful! Got any pictures for us?

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Link Posted: 12/28/2012 6:41:50 PM EST
I didnt save the target but I will post a thread with pics next time I shoot it. Probably this weekend.

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