1. You can, but it may not get you the optimal accuracy. Not to mention its likely that your powder just wont get the chance to burn completely before the ball leaves the barrel.

  2. This! When you see a long gout of flame come out the end of a BP firearm, that is powder that did not contribute any force behind the ball.

  3. This was only some paper cartridge powders. The colt cartridge works used powder made by the hazard company. This was the “fine sporting powder”. The high quality powders of the day far surpassed the quality of anything we have today, and were a lot like Swiss 4f, both in power and granular size. We just don’t have the use or the demand to create the kind of market competition that created such high quality powders. As far as black powder, we have taken steps backward since the 19th century.

  4. Hi! I’ve seen several people say I can fill the whole cylinder with powder and then fire it, is that true? Or will it damage the gun? I only plan to do it once or twice, just to try it. I usually load 30 grains but I want to know how much more I can load. Thanks!

  5. You won’t be able to get more than 40 grains into it and still seat a ball. You can make your own decision but personally I don’t think you will creste a dangerous situation at all. From what I’ve read that is the way these things were loaded back in the old days anyway. Doing it a lot will obviously accelerate wear but the occasional full load should be just fine.

  6. Load as much as you want. You can’t hurt yourself or your gun as long as you use black powder or a substitute. There’s plenty of videos of people loading full power loads on YouTube. I do it all the time, and have for years. I still have all my fingers and all my guns.

  7. That’s how I shoot a cap and ball revolver. I’ve found they shoot best thus way. But, I recommend you work up to full cylinder five grains at a time. Shoot the gun from the bench at a close target with increasing powder charges. Use the most accurate load!!

  8. It won’t really do an open top frame gun any favors over the long term, and I’d suggest leaving room for a wad behind or some grease in front of the ball, but yeah

  9. Sure you could do it, probably just the once. That’s a good way to blow up a gun. Just buy a cheap powder measure.

  10. You are never going to blow up a revolver with black powder or a substitute. It’s impossible, no matter how much you use. Even in a walker. In fact Colts original instructions were to fill the cylinder all the way up, cram a ball on top, cap, and fire. It’s not going to hurt you or the gun. With constant full house loads you will eventually peen the wedge so it pushes in a small amount further, but that’s why it’s wedge shaped and designed like it is. I dont know who told you this but it’s absolutely 100% false. I routinely load my hunting guns with full house round ball loads of 777 and full loads of 777 and a 255 grain conical bullet. They have seen thousands of rounds and many years of heavy use with absolutely no problems. Just don’t use smokeless powder and you will never have to worry about guns exploding. Why would colt use precious material just to have a bunch of empty space in the cylinder, not being used?

  11. Filling the cylinder with powder is a good way to create a grenade in your hand. Check the listed powder load & Please Do Not Exceed it. The safe powder load was determined by engineers who have already tested their guns to destruction.

  12. See my above comment. Do what you like, but the information you are sharing is false. As long as you use black powder or a substitute it is absolutely safe for you and the gun. Filling the cylinder and placing a ball on top were actually colts original instructions on how to load his revolvers. It’s safe, even in a walker or dragoon. You can’t even blow up a rifle barrel with black powder with black powder or substitutes. It just blows the excess out the muzzle. It will break your shoulder and bust the wrist of your stock though. But the gun will never “blow up”. With a revolver it’s impossible and won’t result in any injuries to you or your sixgun.

  13. Ordinance document of the Civil War era indicated the 'load' for the .44 was 25 grains of powder. Pyrodex pellets indicate (for pistol) they are 30 gr. equivalent. I wouldn't get too carried away.

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