Loading Cowboy Mounted Shooting Crimped Blanks
WARNING: Blank Ammunition is extremely dangerous. Use with EXTREME CAUTION. Fire only in a safe direction. Never fire a blank at a person or animal as serious injury may result.
The loading procedure for the manufacture of Cowboy Mounted Shooting Blanks is very simple and easy to do.
You will need the following:
A good set of 45 Colt Dies. Any will work. Lee, RCBS, Lyman, etc.
A C&H 45 Blank Crimp Die. www.ch4d.com
A good Black Powder Powder measure or a set of Lee Dippers.
I recommend the Lyman Classic BP Measure www.lymanproducts.com
If you are using a Dillon progressive loader, there is an Anti-Static Powder Measure Conversion available from www.powderinc.com
You also can make your own brass by drilling the primer flash hole out on standard 45 Colt brass to .140.
Remington Large Pistol Primers. These are the least likely to back-out when fired.
The die set-up is very simple. All that is needed is to size, prime and charge the case as you would with normal ammunition. The only difference is you apply a six point folded crimp instead of seating a bullet. The C&H Crimp die is very easy to adjust and is well explained in the instructions that accompany the die.
Blank Load Data:
CMSA Certified Load: This load breaks balloons 100% at 22 yards.
33 grains by weight of Goex fg Black Powder (Hot Load).
CMSA Certified Load: This load breaks balloons 100% at 20 yards.
30 grains by weight of Goex fg Black Powder Goex filler to fill case.
CMSA Certified Load: This load breaks balloons 100% at 12 to 15 yards
35 grains by weight 60-40 mixture Goex fg (60%) and Skirmish (40%).
22 grains by weight Goex fg with Goex filler to fill case.
30 grains Skirmish with Goex filler to fill case.