The Gun Digest Blackpowder Loading Manual

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Krause Publications Craft, Dec 1, 2003 - Antiques & Collectibles - 352 pages
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This book is the absolute must-have loading reference for the active shooter using muzzleloader or replica cartridge guns. Learn all about blackpowder and its use. Author Fadala expertly guides both the novice and the veteran charcoal-burner through today's arms, powders, accessories and uses.

&break;&break;Greatly expanded, this new edition includes the major propellants currently available - Pyrodex and Triple Seven replica powders; GOEX, Swiss, Schuetzen and Elephant blackpowders.

&break;&break;Muzzleloading hunters will find plenty of good load information for in-line rifles using the latest projectiles, including sabots. The traditional arms aren't neglected - rifles, muskets, shotguns, caplocks, revolvers and pistols are well represented.

&break;&break;Cowboy action and rifle silhouette shooters will find plenty of cartridge data: tested loads for revolvers, lever-action rifles and long-range single-shot rifles.

  

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Contents

Introduction
6
Gathering Data
7
Accoutrements A To Z
14
Safe Muzzleloading Procedures Step By Step
21
Muzzleloading and Blackpowder Cartridge Propellants
32
Muzzleloader and Blackpowder Cartridge Powders at Work
40
Pressure Friend and Foe
47
Bullets For Blackpowder Guns
53
Blackpowder Chemistry
99
Modern Maintenance Tactics
107
Cowboy Action Ammunition
115
Blackpowder Silhouette and Hunting Cartridges
121
Mastering The Blackpowder Shotgun
129
Mastering The Blackpowder Handgun
137
The Chronograph as a Shooting Tool
144
Blackpowder Failures Why
149

Downrange Bullet Performance
59
Rifling Twist and Bullet Stabilization
66
Ignition
72
Energy
78
Accuracy
86
Shooting Patches
93
Notes For Blackpowder Shooters
156
Load Data
158
Blackpowder Arms Catalog
297
Reference
344
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About the author (2003)

Sam Fadala is a freelance writer whose articles have been published in numerous magazines, including Traditional Bowhunter, Petersen's Bowhunting, and Bow & Arrow Magazine. He is also the author of 21 books on archery, muzzleloaders, and hunting, including the first edition of Traditional Archery (978-0-8117-2943-7). In 1997, he received the OWAA Gun Writer of the Year award and was inducted into the Black Powder Hall of Fame. He lives in Wyoming and Arizona.

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