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Black Powder Loads: Pistol

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Loads shown below are from Lyman's "Black Powder Handbook" by Kenneth Ramage, editor. 10th Printing, June1994
I highly recommend owning your own copy of this book. It contains much more information needed by black powder shooters. Black Powder is measured by VOLUMN and not weight, but it is close (1%-2% difference) with Goex powder. Other powders may not be as close as Goex. I have not used the C&H or the G-O listed below.


For ALL loads below: C&H = Curtis & Harvey Powder
                     G-O = Gearhart-Owen Powder
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36 Cal. Pistol with 7 1/2" bbl.
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.375 Round Ball, 81 grains, no patch, G-O powder
          FFFg     FFFFg
14 gr.    752 fps   884 fps
17 gr.    879       924
20 gr.    967      1006
23 gr.   1017      1027
26 gr.   1079      1033* MAXIMUM
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.375 #37583 bullet, 150 grains, no patch,
    Lyman #37583 lubed bullet,  G-O powder
          FFFg     FFFFg
 9 gr.    480 fps   559 fps
12 gr.    560       682
15 gr.    668*      787* MAXIMUM
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.375 Round Ball, 81 grains, no patch, C&H powder
          FFFg     FFFFg
14 gr.    675 fps   873 fps
17 gr.    765       937
20 gr.    841       977
23 gr.    869      1039
26 gr.    899*     1037* MAXIMUM
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.375 #37583 bullet, 150 grains, no patch
    Lyman #37583 lubed bullet,  C&H powder
          FFFg     FFFFg
 9 gr.    439 fps   544 fps
12 gr.    529       653
15 gr.    601*      758* MAXIMUM
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44 Cal. Pistol with 8" bbl.
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.451 Round Ball, 138 grains, no patch, G-O powder
          FFFg     FFFFg
19 gr.    706 fps   772 fps
22 gr.    752       797
25 gr.    805       868
28 gr.    885       881
31 gr.    933       859
33 gr.    979       940
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.450 #450229 bullet, 155 grains, no patch,
    Lyman #450229 lubed bullet,  G-O powder
          FFFg     FFFFg
19 gr.    705 fps   759 fps
22 gr.    768       814
25 gr.    882       835
28 gr.    861*      885*  MAXIMUM
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.451 Round Ball, 138 grains, no patch, C&H powder
          FFFg     FFFFg
19 gr.    660 fps   776 fps
22 gr.    694       771
25 gr.    734       817
28 gr.    765       839
31 gr.    819       875
34 gr.    826       897
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.450 #450229 bullet, 155 grains, no patch,
    Lyman #450229 lubed bullet,  C&H powder
          FFFg     FFFFg
19 gr.    632 fps   756 fps
22 gr.    681       788
25 gr.    741       841
28 gr.    785*      862*  MAXIMUM
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45 Cal. Pistol with 7 1/2" bbl.
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.457 Round Ball, 143 grains, no patch, G-O powder
          FFFg     FFFFg
31 gr.    858 fps   964 fps
40 gr.    917*     1036* Maximum
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.454 #45468 bullet, 185 grains, no patch,
    Lyman #45468 lubed bullet,  G-O powder
           FFFg     FFFFg
25.5 gr.   717 fps   860 fps
34.0 gr.   813*      905*  MAXIMUM
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.457 Round Ball, 143 grains, no patch, C&H powder
          FFFg     FFFFg
31 gr.    766 fps   911 fps
40 gr.    772*     1005*  Maximum
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.454 #45468 bullet, 185 grains, no patch,
    Lyman #45468 lubed bullet,  C&H powder
          FFFg     FFFFg
26 gr.    660 fps   778 fps
34 gr.    701*      885*  MAXIMUM
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