I've just been given a Pedersoli Cub Dixie rifle marked .40 cal. I've got nothing to load it with and I've been having a hard time finding any .40 cal. round ball. Does anybody have any information on how old this rifle might be, did Pedersoli discontinue .40 cal.? I've found .40 cal molds but I'd rather not get into making my own. Is there someplace that sells them? I now shoot .45 and .36 so a .40 would be a nice addition. If I can load it!
Typically .40 rifles use a .390-.395 patched ball. Speer and Hornady both sell round ball in these diameters.
Just by chance, did you call Dixie Gun Works and ask if they could be of help? They have been selling muzzle-loaders for nearly 60 years and probably can even firnish you with a factory information sheet for this gun if they were the distributor.
Thanks for the info. I checked Pedersoli first, that's where I saw they didn't have any .40's listed. I've also checked Dixies and several other sites and haven't seen any .39 or .395 balls. But you reminded me to check Track of the Wolf and they do carry Hornady .395 balls. So there's one solution anyway. Where did you get the info that this rifle was discontinued in '07? I didn't see anything on Pedersoli's site? Anyway if Speer and Hornady sell these balls, I can find them. Many thanks.
I've been shooting a 40 cal rifle since the 1960's (now that tells how old I am). I use 27 grains of FFFg under a .395 round ball wrapped in old wornout blue jean materal and lubed with Ox-yoke wonder lube. For me and my rifle one big hole 5 shot groups at 25 yards. That load also works well on rabbits and squirrels. The rifle was a kit from Dixie Gun Works that I have rebuilt several times, it currently wears a birdseye maple stock. Enjoy.
If you have a long tube, 27 grain would give you about 1300 FPS MV, 40 about 1600 FPS and 50 over 1800 FPS. A 50 grain load would yield about 8000 PSI and 40 grain load about 6000 PSI and 27 grain about 3500.