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General Warnings

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DANGER EXPLOSIVE: Pellets are extremely flammable. Failure to follow warnings and instructions for use, or misuse of this product in any way, may cause personal injury or death to the user or bystander, as well as damage to the firearm and other property. Use Pellets only in strict accordance with loading instructions.

Keep Pellets out of reach of children.
Do not take Pellets internally.
Do not contaminate Pellets with dirt or moisture.
Keep Pellets in original, closed box until used. Do not place Pellets loose in clothing.
Do not smoke when handling Pellets.
Keep Pellets away from heat, sunlight, open flame, sparks from any source, static electricity and moisture. Be sure box is closed while shooting.

Do not subject Pellets to impact or friction.
Store Pellets in original container in a cool, dry place, away from primers, explosives, solvents, gasoline, or other sources of ignition.

Always wear ear and eye protection when handling, loading and firing firearms, and using Pellets.
Discharging firearms in poorly ventilated areas, cleaning firearms, or handling ammunition may result in exposure to lead and other substances known to cause birth defects, reproductive harm, and other serious physical injury. Have adequate ventilation at all times. Wash hands thoroughly after exposure.

Pellets are intended to be used in place of granular powder. Do not combine Pellets with loose powder. Do not combine Pellets of different caliber sizes.

Never mix powders or use nitrocellulose based smokeless powder in muzzleloading firearms.
Do not ignite Pellet in hand or outside of firearm.
Do not break, cut or modify Pellet by any means.

 

INTENDED USE

Triple Seven and Pyrodex Pellets are designed for use only in newly manufactured muzzleloading, in-line rifles of 50 caliber, 54 caliber, and 45 caliber. Use Triple Seven only in a 209 primer ignition system. Pyrodex may be used with standard cap, musket cap or 209 primer ignition systems. Use only the correct caliber Pellet designated for the given caliber rifle. They are designed to be used with saboted bullets or conicals together with a fiber wad. Any other use of the Pellets is not recommended. Triple Seven Pellets are not for use in cartridges, or with patched round ball. Pyrodex Pellets may be used in cartridges.

Pistol Pellets are designed and intended for use only in newly manufactured modern replica 44 and 45 caliber cap and ball revolvers. They may also be used in 45 caliber in-line rifles. Any other use of the Pistol Pellet is not recommended.

 

MISUSE WARNING

Use of Triple Seven Pellets and Pyrodex Pellets in sidelock muzzleloading rifles, in flintlock muzzleloading rifles, using a patched round ball, or the use of conical lead bullets without a fiber wad is NOT recommended. Due to variations in the size and type of flash channels of such rifles, as well as different rifle bore diameters, and conical bullet sizes, hangfires (a delayed ignition of the Pellet) or an improper gas seal of the projectile may occur. These conditions could cause the projectile or a burning Pellet to exit the barrel in a hazardous manner, which could cause personal injury or death to the user or bystander, as well as damage to the firearm.

 

PROJECTILE WARNING

Never load and fire a Pellet without a projectile in the barrel, sealed on the Pellet. To do so may cause a burning Pellet to exit the barrel causing personal injury or property damage to the user or bystander.

When loading any projectile, be certain the projectile fits the bore snugly and forms a proper gas seal. Make sure projectile is seated all the way down the bore on top of the Pellet. Failure to do so may result in decreased performance, poor accuracy or the possibility of a burning Pellet particle exiting the barrel, which may cause personal injury or property damage to the user or bystander.

 

MAXIMUM LOAD WARNING

45 and 50 CALIBER RIFLE:
45 Caliber Pellets come in one size: 50 grain
50 Caliber Pellets come in two (2) sizes:
50 grain volume equivalent which equals 50 grains of loose powder by volume.
30 grain volume equivalent which equals 30 grains of loose powder by volume.

The maximum load per shot should never exceed total Pellets containing more than 100 grains volume equivalent. That means, no more than:
45 Caliber 1) Two (2) 50 grain Pellets
2) Three (3) 44/45 caliber 30 grain
50 Caliber 1) Three (3) 30 grain Pellets, or
2) Two (2) 50 grain Pellets, or
3) One (1) 50 grain Pellet and one (1) 30 grain Pellet

54 CALIBER RIFLE:
54 Caliber Pyrodex Pellets come in one size only:
60 grain volume equivalent which equals 60 grains of loose powder by volume.

The maximum load per shot should never exceed 120 grains (2) Pellets.

44/45 CALIBER PISTOL:
The maximum load per each revolver chamber should never exceed one (1) revolver Pellet. Exceeding maximum load may cause damage to the firearm and cause personal injury or death to the shooter or bystanders.

* At no time should the shooter exceed the firearm manufacturers recommended maximum load. If there is a question concerning the firearm maximum load, please contact the firearm manufacturer for guidance.

 

RIFLE LOADING INSTRUCTIONS

CAUTION: Some rifle manufacturers may recommend the use of a number of Pellets in their rifles which exceed Hodgdon’s “MAXIMUM LOAD WARNING.” Hodgdon specifically disclaims any and all liability arising out of the use of any data which exceeds Hodgdon’s “MAXIMUM LOAD WARNING” and the user assumes all risk in doing so.

 

LOAD WARNING

Failure to load firearm in strict accordance with these instructions may cause personal injury or death to the user or bystander, as well as damage to the firearm.

 

IMPORTANT:

Each Pyrodex Pellet contains a black ignitor on one end. When loading the Pellet, for best ignition, place the black ignitor end of the Pellet into the barrel first. No orientation is necessary for Triple Seven Pellets.

 

BEFORE LOADING

Place gun on safety as per firearm manufacturer’s instructions.

Be certain that firearm is unloaded and that the barrel and flash channel are clean, dry and free of oil or lubricant.

Clear flash channel by placing and firing at least two (2) 209, #11, or musket cap primers with gun muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Be sure no cap foil, or primer debris plugs the nipple.

 

TO LOAD

Keep firearm on safety. Place muzzle away from body and insert the correct number of Pellets into the gun muzzle first (see maximum load warning). Next, insert sabot/bullet or fiber wad and conical bullet into muzzle and seat firmly on top of Pellet with ramrod. WARNING: Do not pound on ramrod or seat projectile with excessive force so as to crush Pellet. However, be certain that no air space exists between the projectile and Pellet. If an air space exists, the projectile becomes an obstruction in the barrel, which upon firing the gun, may cause personal injury or death to the user or bystander as well as damage to the firearm.

Place muzzle in a safe direction and insert the correct primer. Aim firearm in safe direction, remove safety and fire.

 

PISTOL LOADING INSTRUCTIONS


LOADING WARNING


Failure to load firearm in strict accordance with these instructions may cause personal injury or death to the user or bystander as well as damage to the firearm.

 

BEFORE LOADING


Follow firearm manufacturer’s instructions for making gun safe prior to loading.

Be certain that revolver is unloaded, that nipples are free of lubricant, clear and that no percussion caps are on nipples.


TO LOAD


Position unloaded revolver with barrel in vertical upright position, preferably in a loading stand.

Place revolver hammer in half-cock position.

With muzzle of revolver barrel away from body, rotate cylinder and align an empty chamber in cylinder with barrel and drop one (1) Pyrodex Pistol Pellet down barrel into empty chamber.

Rotate cylinder to next empty chamber and repeat step 3 until five (5) chambers are loaded. (WARNING) it is recommended as a safety precaution that only five (5) chambers be loaded, leaving empty chamber for the hammer to rest on when the remaining chambers are loaded.

With five chambers now loaded with Pellets, rotate cylinder and place a .44 or .45 caliber Ox-Yoke Wonder Wad® (or equivalent felt wad) in each chamber, seating each wad with revolver loading lever on top of Pellet.

Next, rotate cylinder and place correct size 44 or 45 caliber pure lead round ball in each chamber, seating each ball with loading lever on top of felt wad.

WARNING: Be certain that no air space exists between the projectile (ball) and Pellet. If an air space exists, the projectile becomes an obstruction in the chamber, which upon firing the revolver, may cause personal injury or death to the user or bystander, as well as damage to the firearm.

With revolver barrel pointed in a safe direction, rotate cylinder and insert proper size percussion cap on each of the nipples of the loaded chambers. Revolver is now ready to be fired. Aim firearm in safe direction, place hammer in full cock position and fire.

 

PROJECTILES FOR USE WITH PELLETS


Sabots: Due to the higher energy, more efficient nature of Triple Seven and Pyrodex Pellets, certain sabots may not function properly. To insure shooter satisfaction with Pellets, it is recommended that the following guidelines be followed when selecting sabots:

Use only one piece sabots; sabots designed in two or three pieces will not survive Triple Seven or Pyrodex Pellets.
For 45 caliber rifles, select a sabot that will use a 40 caliber bullet.
For 50 caliber rifles, select a sabot that will use a 45 caliber bullet.
For 54 caliber rifles, select a sabot that will use a 50 caliber bullet. (Pyrodex Pellets only)

Failure to follow these recommendations may result in poor accuracy and low customer satisfaction. Sabot failure is expected with any sabot that does not meet our recommendations. A sabot failure is a very evident event. Recovered sabots will be fragmented and torn. A sabot that fails will cause the bullet to behave erratically, resulting in sub-par accuracy.

Conical bullets with fiber wads: To insure successful performance of conical bullets in 50 caliber rifles with Pyrodex Pellets, a charge of 100 grains, two (2) 50 grain Pellets and a fiber wad must be used between the Pellets and the base of the conical bullet. The fiber wad will provide an adequate gas seal at the base of the conical bullet preventing gas from escaping around the conical bullet. Failure to use a fiber wad with a conical bullet may result in excessive leading of the bore, poor accuracy, low velocity and/or launching a flaming Pellet downrange, igniting ground cover upon impact. (Read warnings). Fiber wads are commercially available from a number of sources; they may be made from wool felt or plant fiber materials. These wads are generally lubricated with an all natural lube which assists in the creation of a gas seal and keeps fouling soft in the bore.

 

PELLET BALLISTIC DATA

Ballistic data shown in this brochure has been developed in our laboratory under strictly controlled conditions. Ballistic data can vary considerably depending on many factors including components used, how such components are assembled, degree of fouling or leading of the barrel, the type of firearm used, and the loading techniques and safety precautions utilized by the individual. NEVER mix any two powders regardless of type, brand or source. NEVER substitute smokeless powder for Pellets.

 

DISCLAIMER

Hodgdon specifically disclaims any warranties with respect to any and all products sold or distributed by it, the safety or suitability thereof, or the results obtained, whether express or implied, including without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability of fitness for a particular purpose and/or any other warranty. Buyers and users assume all risk, responsibility and liability whatsoever for any and all injuries (including death, losses, or damages to persons or property), including consequential damages arising from the use of any product or data, whether or not occasioned by seller’s negligence or based on strict product liability or principles of indemnity or contribution. Hodgdon neither assumes nor authorizes any person to assume for it any liability in connection with the use of any product or data.