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44 BP lead ball size

tccoxtccox Member Posts: 7,379 ✭✭
What is the correct ball size for the above revolver?? I am giving one to a friend and I just cannot find my loading notes on it. I want to start him off right with the proper ball and powder. I usually shoot 25g FFFg. Does that sound right? Thanks much. Tom

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  • hillbillehillbille Member Posts: 14,085 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    off the top my head 454 sounds right, almost any 45 cal round ball if it is a bit large it will shave the ring as you seat it. 25-35 grains is about right depending on if you are using FFg or FFFg.
  • tccoxtccox Member Posts: 7,379 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    HI HB, Thanks a bunch. Tom
  • DPHMINDPHMIN Member Posts: 898 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    For a 44 caliber cap and ball revolver, usually a .451 ball is the correct size. The Ruger uses a .454 (if I remember correctly).
  • festusfestus Member Posts: 1,008 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by DPHMIN
    For a 44 caliber cap and ball revolver, usually a .451 ball is the correct size. The Ruger uses a .454 (if I remember correctly).
    Ruger uses .457
  • DPHMINDPHMIN Member Posts: 898 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by festus
    quote:Originally posted by DPHMIN
    For a 44 caliber cap and ball revolver, usually a .451 ball is the correct size. The Ruger uses a .454 (if I remember correctly).
    Ruger uses .457
  • Missouri Mule K30Missouri Mule K30 Member Posts: 2,092 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    I load .451 in my Colt .44s. When loading up the cylinder it barely shaves off a sliver of lead the circumference.
  • ken44-40ken44-40 Member Posts: 201 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Generally:

    Piettas - .451
    Ubertis - .454
    Rugers - .457
  • andrewsw16andrewsw16 Member Posts: 10,728 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by ken44-40
    Generally:

    Piettas - .451
    Ubertis - .454
    Rugers - .457

    Whenever I get a new BP revolver, I take the cylinder down to my local gun store and match it up with several sizes of lead balls. If the ball will ALMOST go in, indicating it will shear off a tiny ring when seated, that's the size I buy. No reason to get a larger size. It will just take that much more effort to seat the ball and will distort the round ball.
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