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    What powder charge did the 69 cal rifled musket use in the Civil War?

    I?m using 70 gr 3f and thinking it?s to light for the mini bullet


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    It takes a bunch.
    Last time I was shooting mine 50 would not expand the bullet so I ended up running some of my roundball charges at 84 grn and it would shoot.
    I really think I can get it to shoot in the 65 to 70 grn range and that is what I plan to try next time.
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    What powder charge did the 69 cal rifled musket use in the Civil War?

    I was thinking about a 100gr I will try it and see if it helps with group size Mine at 50yd was about 6? groups from the bench rest


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    Unless you are trying to emulate original loads with the original type projectile, the modern semi-wadcutter 0.69" caliber projectiles with thinner skirts shoot very accurately with much less powder and recoil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Holland View Post
    Unless you are trying to emulate original loads with the original type projectile, the modern semi-wadcutter 0.69" caliber projectiles with thinner skirts shoot very accurately with much less powder and recoil.

    I was shooting for fun and deer.
    Big bullet big charge.
    Sometimes you just need something to beat you around..... better the gun than the old lady!
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    I?m shooting in a 1/2 scale rifled Williams Gun that I just finished building I have a Lyman old style bullet .69 cal that I?m using in it


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    The US Ordnance Manual of 1862 lists 70 grains powder for the 1842 with Expanding Ball, and 110 grains with Round Ball.

    The information is on page 270.

    https://books.google.com/books?id=ww...page&q&f=false

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    Here?s my first 50yrd target with 70gr 3f
    The barrel is only 24? long Next time at the range I bring some 80, 90, and 100gr charges


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    According to Lewis, "Small Arms and Ammunition in the United States Service", The altered (rifled) M-1842 musket cartridge was 80 grains of musket powder and a 640 or 730 grain elongated ball. The altered musketoon used 47-50 grains with the same bullets.

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