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Black Powder Revolver Tests

Gun/Model/Cal: Pietta / 1858 Remington / .44 Black Powder


Date: 8/19/2013 location: Palmetto Gun Club Range
Ammo details
Powder Brand: Goex FFFG
Powder Weight: 10.0 gr to 35.0 gr
Filler: Cornmeal, as required to maintain 35.0
gr position for ball. Measured with Lee
dippers.

Primer: CCI #10


Bullet: .454" lead round ball

Shooting details:
Position: All shot from sandbag pistol rest.
Barrel cleaning: Dry brush run thru barrel after each 6 rds.

Target details:
Type: Black BE, Red Ring, white center
Diameter: 6" printed

Shoot #: 1 2 3 4 5 6
Charge: 10.0 gr 15.0 gr 20.0 gr 25.0 gr 30.0 gr 35.0 gr
Cornmeal Filler: 25.5 gr 20.7 gr 15.9 gr 11.1 gr 4.8 gr none
Distance (yds/ft): 25 yd 25 yd 25 yd 25 yd 25 yd 25 yd
Point of Aim: BE BE BE BE BE BE
Point of Impact: 4 3/4"D, 1"R 3"D, 0" 1 1/2"D, 0" 1"D, 1"R 0", 0" 2"D, 0"
Rounds fired: 6 6 6 6 6 6
Group diameter (in.): 6.00 7.15 4.00 4.00 4.50 6.25
Smoke: Some OK OK Good Good Intense
Sound: Mild Mild Boom Boom Crack Loud Crack
Recoil: None Mild Mild Mild Firm Firm
Fouling: None Some Mild Normal Normal heavy
Comments: The 10.0 gr load feels extremely weak, is at an ave velocity of only 442 fps, and
should therefore be considered a minimum. Going lower is not worth watching
balls merely rolling out the end of the barrel and collecting in a small ring on the
ground, or worse yet causing a squib load.

Chrony data: 10.0 gr 15.0 gr 20.0 gr 25.0 gr 30.0 gr 35.0 gr


Shot # Velocity Velocity Velocity Velocity Velocity Velocity
(ft/sec) (ft/sec) (ft/sec) (ft/sec) (ft/sec) (ft/sec)
1 448.05 620.00 646.97 704.76 770.72 721.47
2 445.62 548.90 660.46 725.89 869.11 791.89
3 458.95 523.27 668.52 700.07 815.86 851.44

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4 398.85 592.22 651.05 766.18 790.86 825.82
5 451.00 581.27 718.56 686.69 796.01 808.56
6 452.23 602.59 669.56 732.88 844.84 858.02

Min. Vel. 398.85 523.27 646.97 686.69 770.72 721.47


Max. vel. 458.95 620.00 718.56 766.18 869.11 858.02
Ave. Vel. 442.45 578.04 669.18 719.41 814.56 809.53
Extreme 60.10 96.73 71.59 79.49 98.39 136.55
Spread
Stand. Dev. 21.97 35.97 25.82 28.58 36.76 49.97

Shots Fired 6 6 6 6 6 6

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Graph data
Charge Group size
(grains) (in.)
10.0 6.00
15.0 7.15
20.0 4.00
25.0 4.00
30.0 4.50
35.0 6.25

1858 Remington @ 25 yd.


Accuracy test with Goex FFFG + filler & .454" RB
RHM3 8/19/13
Group diameter (in.)

7.50 6 Shot Group Diameter

7.00

6.50

6.00

5.50

5.00

4.50

4.00

3.50

3.00
10.0 15.0 20.0 25.0 30.0 35.0
Grains of Goex FFFG

1858 Remington
Average Velocity with Goex FFFG + filler & .454" RB
RHM3 8/19/13
850.00

800.00

750.00

700.00

650.00
Velocity fps

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600.00