I would like to handload a black powder round for a .45 Long Colt SAA, vintage 1876. Do any of you have any advice or tips? I have reloaded smokeless powder rounds before, but not black powder. I have a copy of Loading the Black Powder Rifle Cartridge, by Paul A. Matthews, and have read it. I welcome any advice, but specifically recall from the book that the cartridge must be full, and do not know if this means you fill the round completely full with black powder and compress with the .45 calibre bullet, or if you fill to the full amount, less the depth of the bullet. If this was the case, what about settling of the powder? Any favourite loads? Any other sage advice? I have handloaded smokeless powder rounds quite a bit, but never black powder. I know, of course, that all metal in contact with the powder should be brass or aluminum, there should be no plastic involved, etc. And, I realise it is highly flammable. But I just don't have any 'experience' with the black powder.