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I have thought about getting a black powder rifle but the money to get in to it and loyalty to the .303 for hunting has kept me from doing so.
Have yet to draw a elk or moose tag yet but so far 174 and 180 grain bullets from Ross and Lee Enfield rifles has dropped 75% of the deer I have shot right were they stood. The other one did not get very far.
The Lee Enfield is to the Canadian north what the Winchester repeater was to the American west.   Cal Bablitz
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If you have a .303 Enfield you already have a B/P rifle!
You can safely load 215 gr bullets ahead of a full & I mean 100% full charge of 2F!
Do clean for corrosive afterwards though.
Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)
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I was thinking of a muzzel loader.
The Lee Enfield is to the Canadian north what the Winchester repeater was to the American west.   Cal Bablitz
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Originally posted by 303 Hunter 303 Hunter wrote:

I was thinking of a muzzel loader.


AH! a fellow smoke-poler!!

I have a pattern '53. Love to play with it.

Cant hunt Elk with tho...I cant hit squat wiv it...& the Loyal Order of Elk get on my case
Loose wimmen tightened here
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Originally posted by Shamu Shamu wrote:

If you have a .303 Enfield you already have a B/P rifle!
You can safely load 215 gr bullets ahead of a full & I mean 100% full charge of 2F!
Do clean for corrosive afterwards though.
I have a pound of Pyrodex P, the FFFG equivalent.  I can use that correct? I want to try it and chronograph it...
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The .303 black powder round was loaded with a compressed pellet, 71 grains.  I would stick with 2F grain size black powder powder, fill case to capacity.  Some compression is probably fine.  

I spent a lot of time loading and shooting the Martini Henry, cast my bullets, 85 gr Fg black powder.  I never trusted that modern substitute, not with a 1870s Martini. 

Make sure you clean the bore and cases well (wash in hot soapy water with splash of white vinegar (kind without ammonia).   




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Pyrodex burns like  a garden fire......have some here I was given, and never will use it!
 
Black in the .303 shoots awfully low compared to proper ammo.  ( Loose, not the pellet with the hole through it and case formed around it.)
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Pyrodex tends to have larger grains in any given formulation than "Holy Black". You can't physically overload a .303 case with B/P, its about 1 1/10th the power of modern smokeless.
I don't know with pyrodex.
The original B/P 215 Gr loads with the wet pellet load ran about 1800 FPS.
Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)
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Originally posted by Travis Travis wrote:

Some years ago I took my one and only elk with my Enfield No. 1 Mark IV.  I was shooting 150 grain spire points ahead of 43 grains of BLC-(2).  I took my shot at about 60 yards.  I hit him in the neck just below his chin and he dropped like a rock.  The 150 grain is probably a little light for elk but, as my father would say, "it's more in placement than mass".



Just wondering if you meant a No4 Mk1 as a No1 Mk4 would be EXTREMELY rare
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