Drilling black powder cartridges


#1

I’ve been deactivating cartridges for our frozen European friends for a while, their rules require a hole drilled in a cartridge body to take powder out. Up to now it was simple and easy, then I decided to deactivate a wooden shotshell with bb load in the hollow of the wood 45-70 centrefire type. No problem but very little of powder came out, shaking it produces no extra powder. Is it because the powder got compacted since 1893?


#2

almost certainly.


#3

Vlad–Many (most) black powder rounds were factory loaded with a compressed charge. This is because of the way black powder burns. There is no easy way to deactivate a black powder cartridge without pulling the bullet. In the case of the Wood Sabot shot cartridges, the sabot will almost always split in the process.