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3 years 33 weeks ago, 7:31 PM

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ok, i have a question for everyone. what would happen to a .54 cal. rifle loaded light without a bullet? reason is i wanted to make display of just fire for new years but don't want to worry about where the bullet lands. i want to shoot straight up in the air. will it hurt the barrel with no resistance? will it blow up in my face, i don't think it would but it would be my luck if i didn't ask it would. i want lotsa noise and smoke and all kinds of comotion and of course a light show.

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3 years 32 weeks ago, 10:56 PM

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I would recommend 50 or 60 grains of powder. I wouldn't worry about any harmful side effects to you or your gun because you won't get much pressure without a bullet compacting the powder and remember to clean your barrel frequently to prevent pitting

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3 years 32 weeks ago, 11:13 PM

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thanks

i just was curious and have never ( still haven't ) done it. i know on an internal combustion engine if it does not have some back pressure it will free spin it's self to death. didn't know if the same principle would apply. thanks for the info

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3 years 32 weeks ago, 5:47 PM

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We load our rifles exactly as you are asking.
We make paper tubes of powder and carry
it in a powder box on our belts.
When the order to load and fire is given we
take out a paper tube, tear off the end and
pour the powder in the bore.
DO NOT USE YOUR RAM ROD AND PACK
THE POWDER.
Leave the powder loose and fire your weapon

We do not even carry a ram rod on the field.
Leave them in camp. There have been accidents
where some fool left the rod in the bore and
fired the rifle. An arrow flying about 500 fps

That's the way we fire our cannons also,
4 oz dry measure of powder wrapped in
tin foil

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3 years 32 weeks ago, 8:03 PM

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thank you

very good info, especially the ramrod part. cause it can happen to the best, better to leave it behind. i am not an avid bp shooter and honestly don't know alot about them. is there a reason to not pack the powder besides maybe leaving the rod in if you do? i do have a traditions .54 cal that i got for christmas one year but have only shot it a couple times so i am kinda uneasy with them. thanks for the info ya'll

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3 years 32 weeks ago, 8:11 PM

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the whole company lines up and installs a
primer and we fire at the ground on the order.

When people hunt with the same rifle they
reenact with sometimes lead shavings will
lodge in the bore. If fired on the field these
shavings could dislodge and be fired down range
It has happened and people have been injured.

Safety First !!!!

Also it may look like we are shooting at each other but all
rifles are aimed a minimum of 10 feet above the head of
opposing troops

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3 years 32 weeks ago, 8:18 PM

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Also it may look like we are shooting at each other but all
rifles are aimed a minimum of 10 feet above the head of
opposing troops

I think that happened a lot in the civil war too!

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3 years 32 weeks ago, 8:18 PM

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ok

thanks i was trying to do just that and be safe. my 2 girls shoot with me and i try to drill it into them about safety and this is part of it, ask someone if you don't know. now they can read this and understand why. thanks

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