Category Archives: Blackpowder shooting

Short range target load for a Pedersoli 45/70 bore


I am just preparing for the weekend with some low recoil 50 meters loads for my Pedersoli Rolling Block 45/70 rifle for offhand shooting. I loaded 28 cartridges with 34 grains of 3Fg Swiss powder + 25 grains of semiola + a cardboard wad + a 405 grain Lyman flat point bullet sized to .458″. Overall cartridge length: 68,77 mm, no crimp, fire formed cases. Lube is my soft lube with 0W40 engine oil + besswax + tallow. I usally shoot heavier bullets (Lyman Postel) with heavier loads (55 grains of 1,5 Fg Swiss). I am curious how it will work out. What do you think?

The vampire hunters’ pistol


Now this is something interesting we have hidden in the most secret drawer of the Boss. This pistol is for you if you are travelling to Transylvania. Just don’t forget to check the local gun laws, and hunting season for vampires. 🙂


The caliber is .45, the barrel is rifled for looooong range accuracy. Equipped with an underhammer percussion lock for fast and reliable ignition. Silver bullets and onion are not included. 😉

Selecting the accurate Minié ball load in 13 easy steps

Pedersoli 3 band Enfield on display
  1. Choose a mold that drops 0,001” bigger balls than the land to land diameter of your bore.

  2. Size the bullet to 0,001” under your land to land diameter.

  3. For slower twist like the 1:72” of the Springfield, 1:78” of the Enfield choose a shorter bullet between 450-530 grains, for faster twists liket the 1:48” of the Enfield 2 band rifle you can go for heavier ones as well.

  4. Choose a mold that drops bullets with deep grease grooves so they can hold enough lubricant.

  5. Choose a soft lubricant, apply it just before shooting.

  6. Use only 100% pure lead for casting.

  7. Weight each and every bullet. Keep the ones within +/- 0,5% weight deviation.

  8. If the skirt is thick go for higher charges to help the bullet base expand.

  9. Never exceed 75-80 grain loads as you can damage the skirt and loose accuracy.

  10. Work up the powder load from 30 grains in 2 grain increments until you have a tight group.

  11. Experiment with the powder type and lubricant, until your group does not open up until at least 20 shots are fired without wiping the bore.

  12. Use the same load for both 50 m and 100 m shooting.

  13. Enjoy shooting one of the best blackpowder firearms ever!