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Thread: My First Burnside - Percussion Cap/Powder Selection

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    I've heard of people getting very good accuracy out of a Burnside with round balls. The rate of twist isn't that high.
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    Absolutely. Best consistency by far. Use the glob of lube lube system. Also round balls loadable into the curled in case mouth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eggman View Post
    Absolutely. Best consistency by far. Use the glob of lube lube system. Also round balls loadable into the curled in case mouth.
    Eggman, what is the caliber of round balls for the Burnside?

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    As I recall I used .559 which was large enough to grab the rifling. Lee version is sprueless. No longer shoot Burnside -- traded it for Maynard and Nirvana.

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    .562 round ball is what most people shoot


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    Yeah I used that size too. Can't remember any significant improvement. I believe I still have both (Lee and Lyman). Holler if interested in a used.

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    I've shot those too. For some reason, my 4th model decides once in a while to throw one completely wild. I'll get a 1" group going at 50 yards, then one will go completely out of the scoring rings. Never figured out why, and it doesn't do it with regular bullets. Well, each one of these is an individual for sure.

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    Accurate makes a couple good Burnside bullet molds, Ive got the 56-50 throwing a .563 bullet. Ive been using the plastic cases and just got a sizing die to bring my bullet down from ,563 to .561 . I am working up a couple loads using GOEX. You can use regular 4 wing caps.

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