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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-12-2002, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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OT - Muzzleloader Question

Well, I figure that my Jeep will take me to where I can use this thing.... [img]images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]

I just got my Christmas present from my wife. (Early because I want to use it at Thanksgiving [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]). I have a reproduction 50cal. Kentucky Rifle. It is flint-lock and is a fairly decent gun for the price (Italian made, so not historically correct).

What I'm mystified about is the ball and patch sizing. Anybody know much about this? I have only fired blank rounds for demonstration, so I've never had to know this before. I plan on taking the rifle to the inlaws Thanksgiving shoot-in, so I need to know what kind of ball to fire and patch to use. Also, powder charge. At fifty cal, about 60 grains FF...right?

Also, any helpful info for a new gun onwer? I have been trained on blackpowder safty by the NPS, so that isn't a problem, but upkeep and improvements are still fair game.

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Re: OT - Muzzleloader Question

I took the liberty of copying your post to the general chit chat forum.... there's a few gun guys there.

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Re: OT - Muzzleloader Question

Keep it clean,KEEP IT CLEAN. They can be a lot of fun,but you have to keep them clean. I have a 50 cal muzzleloader but it is not a flint lock,and I shoot around 60-70 grains.
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Re: OT - Muzzleloader Question

Thanks JeepSteve,

I'll bounce over there and have a look!

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Re: OT - Muzzleloader Question

Been a while since I shot a replica but here is what I did. I was shooting a Thompson Center New Englander with a 1 in 48" twist if I remember. Yes keep it clean or accuracy greatly suffers with a round ball. I shot a dry patch made by Remington and 80 to 90 grains of Pyrodex. It was percussion cap so that will change things also. I was shooting 0.490 balls and can't remember the grain weight. I did not have much luck shooting the Maxiballs or cones.

Since then I switched to a Knight in line muzzle loader and will never hunt with a replica again. The Knight drops 'em dead in their tracks. It is not one of the 150 grain wonders, just a 10 year old solid performer. I would shoot out to 125 yards without hesitation and have killed at 110 yards without a problem. My bullet hits 6" low at 125 yards and the power is still there. I am shooting 110 grains of Clean Shot with 45 cal 235 grain Hornady XP HP. I am a believer in the sulfer free Clean Shot and have seen advertisements for a Pyrodex sulfer free powder. The sulfer free stuff is much more accurate and cleaning/fouling is much better.

Good luck! [img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
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