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Is pyrodex powder good for flintlock 50 cal pistol

flint12flint12 Member Posts: 174 ✭✭✭
Is pyrodex fffg powder good for flintlock 50 cal pistol?
If not, what is better?

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  • firstharmonicfirstharmonic Member Posts: 1,057 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    You're going to have trouble using Pyrodex in a flinter - it's ignition temperature is a bit high for a rocklock to ignite reliably. Pyrodex ignites at about 750 degrees F (it varies a bit with respect to different granulations); real black powder lights off about 300 degrees cooler than that, which makes it better by far for a flintlock.

    Some users have got around this by using real black powder for priming powder in the pan and by using about 10% by volume of black and 90% by volume of Pyrodex for the main charge in the barrel, loading the black powder first, with the Pyrodex on top of the black.

    Or you can just use real black powder for everything in that flinter, which is what I do. Works great. Good luck.
  • flint12flint12 Member Posts: 174 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    ok.......

    quote:Originally posted by firstharmonic
    You're going to have trouble using Pyrodex in a flinter - it's ignition temperature is a bit high for a rocklock to ignite reliably. Pyrodex ignites at about 750 degrees F (it varies a bit with respect to different granulations); real black powder lights off about 300 degrees cooler than that, which makes it better by far for a flintlock.

    Some users have got around this by using real black powder for priming powder in the pan and by using about 10% by volume of black and 90% by volume of Pyrodex for the main charge in the barrel, loading the black powder first, with the Pyrodex on top of the black.

    Or you can just use real black powder for everything in that flinter, which is what I do. Works great. Good luck.
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