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#568564 03/30/20 12:42 PM
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I'm searching for information on black powder loads for the .500 BPE. I have the load data in Graeme Wright's book and would to like supplement it. I'm interested in the experience of others regulating rifles with black powder especially with paper patched bullets. Thanks.

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You will get better results to ask your question on the following site, if you have not done so already:

http://forums.accuratereloading.com/eve/forums/a/frm/f/760101804

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Thanks. I'll take a look.

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3" or 3 1/4" and bullet weight?

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Hi Steve,

Remember me --- Herman Karl? You took Alexander, my Ukranian colleague, and I shooting. I wish I had gone on the buffalo hunt with you.

Last week I bought an Alexander Henry 3" .500 BPE made in 1876. Another gun I have not use for, but have always wanted. 350 grain grooved and 400 grain paper patched.

Hope all is well?

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I have no experience with that caliber and only limited experience with regulating a double rifle (percussion), but I am willing to help with paper patched bullets, with which I have a passing experience.


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Thanks. I have quite a bit of experience with paper patched bullets developing loads for an original .40-70 Sharps BN 1874.

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Herman,
Great to hear from you.

I have two Powell .500 3" BPE rifles and an H&H .500 3 1/4" BPE rifle.

I use 450 grain Barnes Originals with Pyrodex in all three. The bullets can
be purchased directly from Barnes. As I'm sure you know, original loads used
a 380 grain paper patched bullet with a copper tube. Later nitro-for-black
used a 440 grain bullet.

My load for the Powell's is 85-90 grains of Pyrodex with the 450 Barnes. Can't
recall if you know Mal Weaver but the same load regulated in his Dougall and he
nailed an elk with it.

If you need more details use stephen@johnrigbyandco.com

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Herman,
Correction. I was operating from memory. I went and checked my records.
It's 90-95 grains of Pyrodex.

As to your Ukranian friend - yes, I remember him. As I recall he was terrified
that we might encounter a rattlesnake.

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Hi Steve,

Thanks! I bought the Alexander Henry simply to fulfill a yearning to have a double rifle. My collection is eclectic.

I have 400 grain paper patched bullets and 350 grain grooved bullets. I'm going to try 122 Swiss 1 1/2 Fg with the 400 grain bullet and 122 Swiss 2 Fg with the 350; those charges fill the case.

Good to reconnect.

Yes, I warned Alexander about rattle snakes and poison oak. He emigrated to the US; last I heard he was in Utah.

I'll send you an email to exchange email.

Herman

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