FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)
Are No Excuses bullets prelubed? Yes, they are prelubed with a special lubricant specifically designed for use with black powder and other Pyrodex type powders. Sorry that it can be a bit messy in it’s application.
What if some of the lube rings are not completely filled? The bullets were designed to have twice the amount of lube capacity than needed to effectively reduce leading in your bore. Often times when the bullets are being lubed they will not fill completely. It’s OK, it will not affect accuracy.
What if the lube appears to have dried out and looks a bit chalky? First off, you need to shoot more! Seriously though, the lube and bullet will shoot just fine. If you want to touch it up with a little Bore-Butter, that’s fine but isn’t necessary.
They load surprisingly easy. Is that a problem? They were designed to load easy and not be deformed during the loading process. They are cast from pure lead and because of that, they obturate (belly out) when fired engaging the riflings on the way out. There is a danger, however if the bullet is too loose. It is important that the bullet always stays firmly seated on the powder charge. If it migrates off that powder during normal hunting or travel, then your particular bore may not be suited to utilize No Excuses in the ordered sized diameter. Check your particular manufacturers recommendations for suitability. (Fouling the bore will often aid in securing the bullet over the powder charge).
Can No Excuses be used in conjunction with pellet charges? They can be, but several customers have had difficulty getting them to group well with pellets. If you are having difficulties with accuracy, try some loose powder and see if accuracy improves. It is not a problem with the bullet design but an issue with the amount of applied pressure to the bullet onto the pellets during seating. One or all of the pellets get crushed during the loading and causes inconsistencies in the burn rate from shot to shot. (at least that’s my belief).
Loads hard in my Gonic? Gonic guns seem to have a particular tight bore by design. Especially in their 50 caliber models. Most of my customers have discovered that the undersized (.500) bullet does the trick. Just be sure to order the undersized bullet when ordering.
Bullet length vs. diameter? A couple states out west have adopted a law stating that they bullet length cannot exceed twice the diameter of the bullet. Only the 50 caliber 420 and 460 grain bullets can pass that requirement. The 495 grain bullets exceed it by a few thousandths and the 600 grain bullets are 1/4 inch too long.
Wads? I have used the treated fiber wads in the past, and for a time, thought they improved accuracy. I have since done some (unscientific) testing and have concluded they neither increase or decrease accuracy in my rifles. They do have a tendency to “swab” the barrel each time they are loaded and may minimize the “fouling” effect from the previous shot. This may or may not be a good thing on those bores that are slightly oversized. In a nut-shell I’d do your own testing on your individual gun.
600 Grain 50 caliber bullets? You win! I have new molds being built for this bullet and should be available beginning in 2018. Keep me posted on how you like them.
Recommended loads? I can only tell you what I’ve had success with. I generally only shoot Pyrodex P and generally between 90-100 grains (by volume). I’ve been upwards of 120 grains but the modest increase in velocity was overshadowed by the decrease in accuracy. I’ve had good reports of customers shooting Triple 7 and others but have no first hand knowledge with it. I do understand that it burns a bit hotter and folks have been settling in at between 80-90 grains (by volume). Check with your manufacturers for safe load recommendations for your particular firearm. Start low and work up.
My relationship with White Rifles? None, other than I have spoken with “Doc” White several times. He has probably forgotten more than I know regarding quality muzzle loading rifles and bullets and is a great source of information for our sport. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
White rifle parts? Sorry, wish I did.