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    Charlieville pistol

    I have a 69 CAL. CHARLIEVILLE flintlock pistol. question, what DIA, RB, do they take and what thickness of a patch if any, and what powder 3 FG, or 2FG, black. and how many grains of powder? thanks any and all information will be appreciated. TOOT.

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    Rappelez-vous une balle ronde patchee dun smoothbore danserva comme une princesse feerique.

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    It was a little rude to post this since many N-SSA folks don't speak French. It's from the 1775 manual - "Manuel de Poudre Noire." In essence it says if you fire a patched round ball out of a smoothbore it will dance like a fairy princess.

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    Well I never fired mine because it had a trigger pull that was actually painful (really!) but it's down to something acceptable now so I guess i need to cast some balls. I would recommend checking the bore size which is easy to do with a smoothbore, just use a set of calipers. Decide whether you will be primarily shooting it with a naked ball, paper cartridge or a patched ball and check to see what's out there for molds. That's a fairly hefty pistol so recoil wouldn't be much of an issue and that's a heavy ball too. I would think 30 grains of 3f would be a starting point and 50 would be too much. 2f would probably work fine too if that's what you have

    I just checked 2 things, first I don't have a mold, thought I bought one years ago. Second the bore diameter is .692". If you work up a load keep us in mind and post it over on the Muzzleloading Forum too. It might actually encourage me to round up some balls and shoot mine.

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    Moose Molds has about the best selection of .69 caliber molds, see this page: https://moosemoulds.wixsite.com/mm2013/moose-balls

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    Based on Hawkeye's measurements you may want to give the Lee .690 round ball mold a try. Very economical and very high quality.

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    69 cal CHARLEVILLE flintlock pistol.

    hawkeye2, thank you and all of the others that helped with my query on the CHARLEVILLE PISTOL.one question what is meant by shooting a bare ball? just the ball setting on the powder, no patch or wad?

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    Muzzle loading forum.

    MUZZLE LOADING FORUM, will do.toot.

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    Bare ball: no patch, just the ball. You might want a wad below and above the ball to seal and to hold the ball in. That's a lot of trouble when a patched ball is faster and easier.

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    Toot - Yes, "Bare Ball" means no patch, but this requires some caution. You should have a ball that fits the bore fairly well because if the ball happens to roll forward before the charge ignites, the ball then becomes a bore obstruction.

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