Case filler?

Discussion in 'Ammo & Reloading' started by duster066, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. duster066

    duster066 Well-Known Member Supporting

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    So I need to develop light 44spc loads for cowboy shooting. I plan to use 44m cases. I just read were a guy throws his charge then fills the case with corn meal to keep the powder in place for a better burn. This would help with my 38spc loads in 357 cases. Anything I should consider doing this? I read a while back where a guy filled precision rifle cases with a light fiber material for the same reason. That story said to weight the fiber and add it to the bullet weight then develop the load based on that weight.
     
  2. aka

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    duster is he loading Black Powder? Grits and corn meal seem to be the the common filler for the let me save a penny on powder. When loading BP. Some say it helps reduce recoil. With BP loads you don't want air space betweent the powder and and projectile. With smokeless is a differnt story. Most agree a full cup makes for better ignition. So many again in cowboy action, use bigger flake powders such as Trailboss. Ideally the powder used in smokeless when the cartiridge is chambered will have enough powder to rise up to the primer. Not necessarlly covering the primer. However it's not necessary or reccomended to fill and compress the powder like you do with Black Powder. Like always refer to the Powder manafactuers reccomendations on the amount of powder to use. Hogdon and Alliant have a online load data for their products including safe cowboy loads.

    If you need filler for a Black Powder loads, you just haven't used enough Black Powder, save the grits for breakfast.
     
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  3. duster066

    duster066 Well-Known Member Supporting

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    I loaded them with and without filler. I saw no difference in performance. The effects I experienced was corn meal being blown into my eyes by the wind, and the smell of burning corn flakes. ;)
     
  4. aka

    aka Well-Known Member

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    Yeah I rather make a batch of Hush puppies with Corn Meal. Than shoot it out of my rifle or pistols
     
  5. duster066

    duster066 Well-Known Member Supporting

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    If anything the 44sp's shot better without it. I really saw no difference at all. The up side was I found a really decent 44sp load my blackhawk shoots real good.