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Getting ready for October deer season
Hunting and discussion with Muzzle Loaders, Archery and other Primitive weapons

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Joe Boleo
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 3:28 am    Post subject: Getting ready for October deer season Reply with quote

I have spent a few sessions at the local range working with a Lyman .50 and a .54 flintlock Lyman Trade Rifles. Shooting from the bench, it soon became apparent what each rifle preferred in order to shoot patched balls well. The .50 shot best with 90 grains of FFG and the .54 liked 80 grains of the same powder. I had been using heavier powder charges and accuracy was no so good. Both rifles are now about ready. The lesson learned is to experiment and going down in the powder charges may be a good idea. Take care...
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 5:08 am    Post subject: Re: Getting ready for October deer season Reply with quote

Good info Joe Very Happy . I have my inline ready to go. We have a three day early muzzleloader in oct I took the days off and hopfully will give my muzzleloader a work out. Good luck Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 7:14 am    Post subject: Re: Getting ready for October deer season Reply with quote

Joe,
My experiences mirror what you have described. Blackpowder rifles are unique and will soon let you know what they prefer. All the best...
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 1:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Getting ready for October deer season Reply with quote

Yup...T/C Hawken .50 cap lock. Patched round ball and 90 grains of FFG. 1900 fps and shoots as accurate as my .30-30 at 100 yards...Well...Almost...

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 9:24 am    Post subject: Re: Getting ready for October deer season Reply with quote

As said here, Muzzle loaders are finiky bugers. My TC Pennsylvania Hunter shoots 1" @ 100yds with FFF Goex and a 495" ball with a .015" patch and....a 50cal bore button.
I tried to use some Pyrodex some one gave me and soon found out why it was free!! It aint worth a crap!
My groups went from 1" to almost 9" just changing the powder.

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