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Percussion Pistol

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Calibre

Projectile
Projectile
Weight
Powder
Charge
Powder
Grade
Range Flintlock Pistol
Percussion Pistol
Smooth-bore Musket
Flintlock Rifle
Percussion Rifle
Flintlock Shotgun
Percussion Shotgun
.33" .325" Patched RB 51 grains 8 - 12 grains #1 25 metres
.36" .355" Patched RB 67 grains 10 - 12 grains #1 25 metres
.38" .375" Patched RB
80 grains 10 - 14 grains #1 25 metres
.40"
.395" Patched RB 93 grains 12 - 14 grains #1 25 metres
.44"
.430" Patched RB 119 grains 14 - 18 grains #2 25 metres
.45"
.44" Patched RB 128 grains 16 - 20 grains #2 25 metres
.50" .490" Patched RB 176 grains 20 - 25 grains #2 25 metres
MLAIC Discipline Kuchenreuter
   
Percussion Revolver
Calibre Projectile Projectile
Weight
Powder
Charge
Powder
Grade
Range
.31" .325" RB 51 grains 8 - 12 grains #1 25 metres
.36" .375" RB 80 grains 10 - 12 grains #1 25 metres
.44" .451" RB 137 grains 15 - 22 grains #2 25 metres
.45" .457" RB 143 grains 15 - 22 grains #2 25 metres
MLAIC Discipline Mariette / Colt
     
The above loads are those generally regarded as suitable for muzzle loading firearms in good condition. In certain types of firearms (eg smooth-bore flintlock pistols, flintlock rifles and muskets firing patched round ball) slightly heavier charges and/or finer grades of powder are frequently used to obtain better accuracy. Particular care should be used in such cases and it is advisable to start with lighter loads and make increases gradually. Proof service loads should never be exceeded. We accept no responsibility for the contents and accuracy of, or omissions from, the above table. Link to homepage