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#6607963 - 12/30/16 08:30 AM .45 Kentucky Long Rifle Powder Charge?
Bobcat4119 Offline
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Registered: 09/22/16
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Loc: NE Texas
Got a old 45 cal Kentucky lon rifle from my granddad when he passed a few years ago and looking for some advise. I shot quite a bit years ago and thinking about getting her out to the deer woods this year. I't just the basic powder, patch and ball setup... I keep hearing to use 60 grains of blackpowder, agree? Thoughts? Advice? Years ago I could put them in a paper plate up to 100 yards with the ole iron sights but for the life of me, I can't remember what I was using.

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#6609044 - 12/30/16 11:03 PM Re: .45 Kentucky Long Rifle Powder Charge? [Re: Bobcat4119]
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60 grains sounds good for a .45 cal patch and ball set up. I use 70 grains out of my .50 cal T/C Renegade with .490 round ball and .15 patches. I use Pyrodex which is synthetic black powder. Is yours a flint lock or a cap lock? I have a cap lock.

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#6609104 - 12/31/16 01:32 AM Re: .45 Kentucky Long Rifle Powder Charge? [Re: Bobcat4119]
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I had a T/C sidelock .45 it was percussion cap, not flint. I used black powder, 100 grains over a .45 grain minnie ball. I believe the Minnie ball was 280 grains.
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#6609266 - 12/31/16 08:41 AM Re: .45 Kentucky Long Rifle Powder Charge? [Re: Bobcat4119]
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I have a .45 CVA Kentucky cap and ball rifle that I've had since mid 70's.
When I shoot round balls, using either greased patches or plastic wadding, I charge with 60 gr 3Fg black powder.
It's surprisingly accurate with round balls and iron sights.
I also have a CVA .50 cal Hawken Rifle.

They are both fun to shoot.
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#6611625 - 01/01/17 08:42 PM Re: .45 Kentucky Long Rifle Powder Charge? [Re: Bobcat4119]
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Hey, if any of you guys shooting the real stuff need a can or 2 just pm me. I mainly have Goex and Elephant FF. I might have some FFF too, but I'd have to look.
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#6612591 - 01/02/17 02:41 PM Re: .45 Kentucky Long Rifle Powder Charge? [Re: Vern1]
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My next rifle is going to be a T/C Hawken. My buddy has one that I have shot and I like the longer barrel on the Hawken's. Would be great for maxi-balls.

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#6613005 - 01/02/17 06:33 PM Re: .45 Kentucky Long Rifle Powder Charge? [Re: Bobcat4119]
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#6613142 - 01/02/17 07:22 PM Re: .45 Kentucky Long Rifle Powder Charge? [Re: decook]
hangfire Offline
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Originally Posted By: decook
Hey, if any of you guys shooting the real stuff need a can or 2 just pm me. I mainly have Goex and Elephant FF. I might have some FFF too, but I'd have to look.
I have some Pyrodex powder and pellet,sabots and aerotips.

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#6613927 - 01/03/17 08:57 AM Re: .45 Kentucky Long Rifle Powder Charge? [Re: Bobcat4119]
Bobcat4119 Offline
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Registered: 09/22/16
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Loc: NE Texas
Are you looking to get rid of yours too, Hangfire?

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#6614594 - 01/03/17 02:43 PM Re: .45 Kentucky Long Rifle Powder Charge? [Re: Bobcat4119]
hangfire Offline
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Originally Posted By: Bobcat4119
Are you looking to get rid of yours too, Hangfire?
Yes

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#6614691 - 01/03/17 03:36 PM Re: .45 Kentucky Long Rifle Powder Charge? [Re: Bobcat4119]
Bobcat4119 Offline
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Registered: 09/22/16
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Loc: NE Texas
PM sent

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#6614692 - 01/03/17 03:37 PM Re: .45 Kentucky Long Rifle Powder Charge? [Re: Vern1]
Bobcat4119 Offline
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Registered: 09/22/16
Posts: 139
Loc: NE Texas
Originally Posted By: Vern1
I have a .45 CVA Kentucky cap and ball rifle that I've had since mid 70's.
When I shoot round balls, using either greased patches or plastic wadding, I charge with 60 gr 3Fg black powder.
It's surprisingly accurate with round balls and iron sights.
I also have a CVA .50 cal Hawken Rifle.

They are both fun to shoot.


Thanks Vern1

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#6620440 - 01/06/17 08:41 PM Re: .45 Kentucky Long Rifle Powder Charge? [Re: Bobcat4119]
lms Offline
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Registered: 11/27/15
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Loc: Blooming Grove TX
Had a CVA Kentucky 45 cal percussion years ago and it shot best with 75 grains of loose black powder, a 5 shot group at 100 yards was the size of a quarter with patched round balls or real bullets. Sure wished I had not lost it when the house burned down.


Edited by lms (01/06/17 08:41 PM)

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#6650863 - 01/27/17 09:04 AM Re: .45 Kentucky Long Rifle Powder Charge? [Re: Bobcat4119]
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scratch. if not mistaken i used a 45gr measure on my flask with my .45 kentucky rifle... confused2 it like phone #'s, speed dial, just grab measure.. Several years back, forgot ta switch measure on my flask, for my .44 bp pistol, it uses .22gr... culled a hog with it, bout 15 yrds.. Didnt go very far... Taken deer in Minnesota, they tend ta be heavier in body wieght, with the 45gr. measure out ta 50-60yrds...
After so many gr. ya just get more smoke & kick... Just gotta find right amount of gr. works best in your .45... As pappy once said: keep your head held high & your powder dry ... They fun ta shoot, got two .45 kentucky, a .44 pistol slinger & a New Orleans ace.. flag


Edited by colt.45 (01/27/17 09:17 AM)
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#6651738 - 01/27/17 08:43 PM Re: .45 Kentucky Long Rifle Powder Charge? [Re: colt.45]
maximum Offline
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Originally Posted By: colt.45

. . .After so many gr. ya just get more smoke & kick... Just gotta find right amount of gr. works best in your .45

^ ^ ^ ^ ^ good advice ^ ^ ^


my t/c book and my pedersoli book are about split on between 50 - 75 grains
of 3F for a PRB. i believe i'd start at 50 and work up. YMMV
good luck


Edited by maximum (01/27/17 08:47 PM)

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