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#1500118 - Sun Dec 13 2009 10:50 PM FF vs. FFF Powder
Killin'time Offline
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What does everyone on here suggest or use for barrel powder? FF, or FFF? Heard FFF burns a little better and can be more accurate. Also FFF can be used as frizzen powder in a pinch? Thoughts?

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#1500144 - Sun Dec 13 2009 11:07 PM Re: FF vs. FFF Powder [Re: Killin'time]
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What caliber?
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#1500155 - Sun Dec 13 2009 11:10 PM Re: FF vs. FFF Powder [Re: SpiritNugent]
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use FF in the barrel and FFFF in the pan...
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#1500347 - Mon Dec 14 2009 04:10 AM Re: FF vs. FFF Powder [Re: Killin'time]
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Some guns just prefer one over the other and then some will use either just fine. Just test it out and see what it likes the best.

I have one gun that didn't like 3f at all. Then one day I tried the plastic patch from Hornady with some 3f and the dang thing is a tack driver with it. With a cotton patch it wouldn't shoot 3f worth a hoot. Go figure? Cotton patch and 2f it shoots great as well. With muzzleloaders you just have to try stuff and see how it works. It's just handloading in the bore so to speak. I have a couple of barrels that don't care what you stuff down there it will shoot. Have fun.
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#1500440 - Mon Dec 14 2009 07:16 AM Re: FF vs. FFF Powder [Re: mossie]
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I use FFF in the pipe in all 3 of my muzzleloaders. 75 gr. in my 54 renegade and 85 in my 50 cal. Hawkins. I shoot PRB in all 3. Never tried fff in the pan, but a buddy of mine swears by it. That way you only carry one powder. I'll stick with FFFF it works for me
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#1500450 - Mon Dec 14 2009 07:26 AM Re: FF vs. FFF Powder [Re: Killin'time]
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All three of my guns use 3f in the pipe and 4f in the pan, no probs at all. My .32 lyman knocks squirrels down at 35 yds all the time with 3f.

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#1500459 - Mon Dec 14 2009 07:34 AM Re: FF vs. FFF Powder [Re: inthebubble]
standingstone Offline
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In my 54 cal. I us 3F in the barrel and 3F in the pan. Thats what I hunt with and that is what I shoot Competition with also. The biggest advantage to 3F in the pan is it doesn't snot up at quick as 4F.
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#1500537 - Mon Dec 14 2009 08:34 AM Re: FF vs. FFF Powder [Re: standingstone]
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Thanks all. I have a .50 cal T/C Renegade and it shoots pretty well with the FF and FFFF in the pan. I'll try some FFF and see if it gets any more accuracy from it. One thing I am using and want to change is i'm using 100 gr. of powder. thinking I may gain a little more accuracy from dropping to 75 - 85 gr. Thoughts on that?

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#1500557 - Mon Dec 14 2009 08:48 AM Re: FF vs. FFF Powder [Re: Killin'time]
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 Originally Posted By: Killin'time
Thanks all. I have a .50 cal T/C Renegade and it shoots pretty well with the FF and FFFF in the pan. I'll try some FFF and see if it gets any more accuracy from it. One thing I am using and want to change is i'm using 100 gr. of powder. thinking I may gain a little more accuracy from dropping to 75 - 85 gr. Thoughts on that?

"He'd settle for a .30, but by God it was a genuine Hawkins"


I beleive you will. Their sweet spot on older T/C 1:48 barrels is 70-80 grains with a PRB. If yours is/was 1:66 twist 90-100 should be fine.
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#1500588 - Mon Dec 14 2009 09:04 AM Re: FF vs. FFF Powder [Re: octagon]
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with my Lyman deerstalker 50 cal with the same twist it really likes 80gr FF GOEX .490RB and a blue pillow ticking patch. It took a while to get it, but it was worth it
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