With Factory made black powder cartridges more difficult to obtain and more so the price loading your own is more cheaper . Items needed are the black powder in medium grade for 12 bore and less cartridges and coarse black powder for larger bores , you will also need 1/8 card wads and also felt wads of 1/2 inch, 1/16 over shot card wads, You can still load black powder cartridges on the original loading tools which consist of a capper de-capper and a rolled turnover tool if you want to use spent shotgun cartridges you will need a resizing tool and some 209 primers plus a hand powder measure that throws a charge from 2.1/2 drms to 3 1/2 drams of black powder .When loading black powder always use a volume load this also applies to a muzzle loader
To load a 12 bore cartridge first size the case and fit a new 209 primer using the capper ,de -capping tool then take your powder measure which should be set at 2.3/4 drams ,this measure size will throw a volume load of shot at 1.1/8 oz,take a level scoop of black powder and pour into the case , next take 1/8 card followed by a 1/2 felt wad or clenna wad and ram both down onto the powder ,then take a 1/16 card wad and place onto the felt wad this should always be done the reason been that if no card is placed on top of felt when the gun is fired the shot embeds into the wad and leaves the gun like a bullet it also blows the pattern. Next take the measure and using the same setting place a scoop full of shot into the cartridge and finish with a 1/16 over shot card ,trim of the old crimp leaving about 3.1/6 of the case for a rolled turnover place in the turnover and finish the cartridge with a good turn over
Original Loading Tools
Original Cartridge Loading Tools
Edited by Feltwad, 17 April 2017 - 05:19 pm.