In order to participate in the GunBroker Member forums, you must be logged in with your GunBroker.com account. Click the sign-in button at the top right of the forums page to get connected.
black powder shot gun
[email protected] Member Posts: 126 ✭✭
edited July 2006 in Black Powder and Cowboy Action Shooting
just got an old muzzle loader today, would like to shoot it next weekend at the hunt camp. its a 12 ga size percussion cap. what powder and shot should i buy to try this out ,thanks in advance, bryanps, its a backlock action.
If it's safe to shoot, any size shot will do, with either FFg or FFFg powder (the finer FFFg will kick harder and produce slightly higher pressure). For the amount of each you need, a good starting load is 1 1/8 ounce of shot and about 3 drams of powder (3 drams = about 81 grains weight). An old rule of thumb was that the volume (NOT weight!) of shot and powder should be about equal. I suggest you get either a Lee powder measure kit or an old adjustable shot/powder dipper to measure your charges. You can use just about anything for wadding (I've used wads of newsprint), but be aware that wad material other than card or composition may be a fire hazard. Most likely, #10 or #11 caps will fit your percussion shotgun.