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BRAND NEW to muzzleloading. HELP!!!!!

Discussion in 'Black Powder Shooting / Muzzleloaders / Handguns' started by Frnc4891, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

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    The recommended starting load is the caliber. 45 caliber rifle - 45 grains. 50 caliber rifle - 50 grains. etc. Then you work up to what you like.

    For my 50 caliber Renegade, with a round ball, my hunting load is 90 grains of 2F, and my target load is 45 grains. Just to give you an example.
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    Alpo Well-Known Member

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    You've got some stuff there that don't belong. 4th picture. The 440 round ball is for a 45 rifle. The 490 round ball is for a 50 rifle. But the 454 round ball is for a 44 revolver. It's too big for your 45 and too small for your 50.
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    I think one of the powders is for a pistol too. Can I use the pistol powder in the rifles?
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    Yeah, Pyrodex RS is Rifle and Shotgun. Equivalent to FF. Pyrodex P is Pistol. Equivalent to FFF. You could use it for the 45. I don't know as I'd use it in the 50.
  5. Frnc4891

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    Is there a shotgun load for muzzleloaders?
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    good score, I have the same T/C hawken in .50 (and flintlock), it's taken plenty of deer. Overall, a good shooting gun. for .50, 70gns equivalent of FFF behind a .490 patched round ball is the standard target/practice load. I also use about 90gns for hunting.

    Clean 'em up and you got some fun BP rifles to play with!
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    I have a .45 TC Hawken and have had good luck with 80 grains of Pyrodex RF. using 280 grain hollow base conicals. I'd say 100-120yds is about max for responsible hunting.
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