I've just bought this unmarked combo hammer double in Germany and while waiting for it to be delivered in a couple of months, I would like to get some components for shooting the rifled barrel. I presume this is 24 bore rifle and I plan to experiment with shortened 24g shells (brass or plastic). As for the bullet, I would start with .58 cal. ball which is 14.75mm. Would much appreciate any suggestions, especially by those experienced in shooting 24 bore rifles.
With kind regards,
Don't have a 24 bore but do have a 20 bore (ga.) rifled SXS I load for. I have used round balls with moderage success but you might want to try either Mini or Maxi balls in 58 caliber, I would suggest the Mini Ball first since the skirt will expand to help grab the rifling and impart spin to the bullet. I used a thin over shot wad and roll crimped, using fiber wad(s) under the round ball to get the height needed with one over powder wad.
My gun is a bit newer than yours so I am able to shoot Sabots in it and found one that shot very well which I use but I would not suggest using these in yours as they are higher pressure.
Enjoy your combo gunwhen it arrives....
You didn't say whether you would use black powder or "nitro for black". I don't have experience with 24 bore rifle, but do with 577 Snider. Since I don't like to use black powder, my limited experience is with smokeless powder. Smokeless powder in charges that I was comfortable with would not expand the skirts of Mini balls. This was an out and out failure. To get the rifle to shoot, I had to expand the skirts before hand so they would engage the rifling and create enough resistance for the powder to burn. To do this I made a simple ring with the inside diameter I needed( groove diameter) and with a tapered plug, expanded the skirt inside the ring, until it fit the inside diameter. This was successful , but I kept the velocity pretty low. Good luck, it looks like a fun project.
Thanks, Don and Mike. I was thinking of using Minie projectiles, too. At this stage I'm leaning towards black powder.
With kind regards,