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safe loading technique?
muzzleloader-2 Member Posts: 58 ✭✭
edited October 2008 in Black Powder and Cowboy Action Shooting
I ran across this video on youtube of a shooter loading his double barrell flintlock pistol directly from the flask. I have always been under the impression that it is safer to use a measure when loading your black powder firearm.I was told or read some where that it only takes 600 degrees to ignite black powder. If this is true then all it would take is one smouldering ember in the barrell to ignite the new charge being poured down the barrell. Even though the shooter's flask has a cut off gate in the flask spout is it still possible if the powder in the spout were to ignite would it generate enough heat to ignite the powder in the flask? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muQVuEyMLCE
Not a bad idea - A Really Bad Idea!
[:0] that is the way of the old
wasn't safe then still isn't safe today
I know a man that has had several constructive surgeries to rebuild his face after a powder charge went off as he poured it into a hot barrel, it went kaboom and melted his face nearly off!!!
I've had powder measures shoot from my hand like a bottle rocket!! WOW does that wake your * up!!
just think were that would have ended up had you been staring down over the barrel, as was the guy I know
he now holds that muzzle as far away from his body as he can...
He always says if he could haul a piece of ballistic/flame resistance glass around with him to do it from behind he would
Years back I did a lot of Sharps, underhammer rifle and revolver shooting and always loaded directly from the flask.
185 gr rn semi-wadcutters, greased in the grease groove & sized for a friction fit in the cylinder, shot as accurately as any revolver.
Now I want to try trap shooting with a percussion double and after reading this thread, am having second thoughts on loading it.