Are No Excuses bullets pre-lubed? Yes, they are pre-lubed with a special lubricant specifically designed for use with black powder and Pyrodex type powders.
What if some of the lube rings are not completely filled? The bullets were designed to have twice the amount of lube capacity than is needed to effectively reduce leading in your bore. Often times when the bullets are being lubed they will not completely fill. It’s OK-it will not affect accuracy.
What if the lube appears to have dried out as a result of age? First off, you need to shoot more! Seriously though, the lube and bullet will shoot just fine (my kids could go hungry, but the bullets will shoot fine).
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 will “belly” out when fired to cut the riflings on the way out. There is a danger, however, if the bullet is too loose. It is important that the bullet always stay firmly seated on the powder charge. If it migrates off the powder during normal handling or travel, then your particular bore may not be suitable to utilize No Excuses in the ordered sized diameter. Check your particular manufacturers recommendations for suitability. (Fouling the barrel will often aid in securing the bullet over the powder charge.)
Can No Excuses be used in conjunction with pellet powder 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 a lose 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 loading. One or all of the pellets are 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 particularly tight bore by design. Most of my customers have discovered that having me undersize the bullet to .500 does the trick. Just let me know to undersize them to .500 when you order.
Bullet length vs. diameter: Several states have adopted the law stating that overall bullet length cannot exceed twice the circumference of the bullet. In my 50 caliber line, only the 460 grain bullet can pass that requirement. The 495 grain bullets exceed it by a few thousandths.
Wads: I have used the fiber wads in the past, and for a time, was convinced that they improved accuracy. I have since, done some (unscientific) testing and have concluded that they neither increase or decrease accuracy. They do have a tendency to “swab” the barrel each time they are loaded and may minimize the “fouling” effect of the previous shot. This may not be a good thing on those bores that are slightly over-sized. In a nut-shell, I do not recommend using the wads for that reason.
600 grain bullets: I have had a few ask for them but custom dies can get expensive. I’m trying to keep track of the interest and will start building them as the demand increases, but unlikely this year. Sorry.
Recommended loads: I can only tell you what I have had success with. I generally only shoot Pyrodex P and generally between 90-100 grains (by volume) in nearly all of my rifles. I’ve been upwards of 120 grains but the modest increase in velocity was far surpassed by the dramatic DECREASE in accuracy. I’ve had good reports with triple seven and others but have no first hand experience with it. I do know that it burns hotter so you should start out low and work up.
My relationship with White rifles: None, other than I have spoken to “Doc” White several times. He has probably forgotten more than I know, regarding quality muzzleloading guns 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.