My younger brother has gotten himself badly laid up and is going to be riding in a wheel chair for a while. He is already bored and asking for little projects to do. I mentioned to him that I had thought about getting a Lyman Plains pistol in 50 cal. I only mentioned it and he ordered a brand new one in a kit to build for me. I offered to pay him but he wouldn't hear me out. He has one and has killed a couple deer with it and thought I ought to have one too.
I asked my brother what he shot for powder in his Lyman and I was surprised when he said Pyrodex RS. My 50 cal carbine with 24 inch barrel won't cleanly burn 100 grains of RS. In fact it shoots the same fps with 80 grains as it does 100. 100 just gives more muzzle flash from the extra 20 grains burning outside of the barrel. I was thinking either Pyrodex P or FFFg but then got to thinking that since bother is using a musket cap for igniting his pistol maybe the hot ignition is giving him a cleaner burn with the RS.
What do you fellas think about this?
Back to little brother....he was being a good dude and helping push a young man out of a snowbank. Little did he know that the police officer that had showed up on the scene to keep it safe made a critical mistake. The police officer stuck a 2x12 under the front of the rear wheels on the stuck pick up truck for traction. Brother grabbed the bumper to push and the kid gunned the engine. The 2x12 shot out from under the tire and broke one of little brothers legs badly and severed the calf muscle on the other leg. He's as tough as they come though and will be back on his feet come Iowa musket season next october.