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cahas
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Posted - 01/20/2017 :  10:05:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have a CVA Kentucky pistol from the 80's. The barrel is marked Black Powder Only. I just want to make sure pyrodex p is safe. I know same volume as black powder and basically the equivalent burn, although a little more pressure.
Pyrodex has been around since the mid seventies, I would think it alright but want to make sure in a barrel marked Spain.

perry shooter
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Posted - 01/20/2017 :  11:42:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I would feel safe using PYRODEX
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Brookwood
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Posted - 01/21/2017 :  03:50:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pyrodex works fine as long as your pistol is in percussion ignition.

If it is a flintlock pistol, you will want to find some real black powder.
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11b6r
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USA
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Posted - 01/21/2017 :  06:08:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What they said up there ^^^.

Black powder OR a product (like Pyrodex, Triple 7, Blackhorn 209, etc) that is manufactured as a black powder substitute. Subs give similar pressures and pressure curves, less corrosive, not as sensitive to accidental ignition.

Black powder is an explosive, and subject to a LOT of shipping and storage restrictions. The subs can be shipped and stored same as smokeless powder.

Saw a gun shop that had a small fire, but had 5 one lb cans of Goex fffG in the fire. Took the back wall out of the shop.

"Minds are like parachutes. Just because you've lost yours doesn't mean you can borrow mine."
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navc130
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Posted - 01/21/2017 :  10:35:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Short answer - yes, it is appropriate to use. I have used Pyrodex P in my CVA single shot and revolvers for many years. As you stated, volume-to-volume equivalent measurement to black powder. Cleaning procedures are the same as black powder.
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cahas
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USA
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Posted - 01/21/2017 :  11:24:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the replies. The pistol is a percussion .45 that I bought 30 years ago as a kit, thought it about time to start shooting it.
Got on the Blackhorn 209 website and they have an ignition alert, seems that is for modern inlines with shotshell primers.
I have bought all the accessories, just need the powder and may get a loading stand, will get the pyrodex p when I get to town.
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fordsix
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Posted - 04/04/2017 :  8:17:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
good to go measure by volume
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