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Unread 08-17-2022, 10:37 PM   #1
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I reloaded a box of 12 ga black powder shells this evening....used the cheap federal plastic hulls...used 70 grains of pine cone powder I made...I tried a coupa of them out just shooting up in the air...70 grains kicked pretty good I downed the load to 60 grains 1 1/8 ounce of no 7 lead shot...used 10 ga fiber wasa cut in 3 pieces they work good in the 12 ga hull....used one 20 ga wad over the powder and then the other half of the 10 ga wad then 1 1/8 ounce of shot then a small piece of paper over the shot....I ll have to brag on myself they turned out like factory shells....gut to load up another box before opening day of dove season....guess I ll shoot these in a model 94 Remington b grade with 26 inch barrels....its light with open chokes......yep a regular bird gun.....charlie


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Pine cone powder?? Do tell. Also, how much melt/burn does the plastic hull suffer, always heard that was an issue with BP.
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yep pine cone powder on I box and pyrodex on the other box...you can get about 3 loadings with the pine cone powder and with pyrodex probably 5 to 6 times with plastic hulls....I shot several loads today of the pine cone powder...finallt settled on 75 grains of pine cone powder and 60 grains of prodex....I ve not yet made any of my home made black powder to be as strong as factory black powder...need to use about 15 percent more of home made powder to be close to factory black...but its fun making the powder and shooting it plus no hazmat fees....
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