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#2057135 - Sun Jan 02 2011 07:09 AM 54 Caliber Flintlock Hunting Loads ??
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Loc: York Co (Hunt 3B)
You 54 caliber Flinter guys...whuts your pet hunting load???

In rb's...mine is 80 grains 2fg swiss with a .018 patched .535 rb. Extremely tight & a lil hard to load but almost puts one on top of another at 50 yards. Tried many combinations of .015, .018 etc patches plus .530 roundballs
and the .018 w/.535 roundball is my best roundball/patch combination.

This past month ive been shootin some 295 grain 54 cal Powerbelt Aerotips with same 80 2fg Swiss charge. Same thing at 50...outstanding groups but at 75 yards they group a lil better than rbs and at 100 yds no comparison the powerbelts shoot far better both ballistically & groupwise than the rb. The short stubby 54 cal 295 powerbelt is stabilizing nicely with the 1-56 twist. Did have a few PB fliers though. I will still shoot rbs at the range but thinkin for hunting may go to the powerbelt. I hunt mainly big mtns where many shot opportunities are 50 & sometimes pushin 100 yd range. I'm going to the range today for my final Powerbelt shooting before hittin the woods last week of Late Season. Due to work & family stuff...will be my only time out this years Late Season.
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#2057165 - Sun Jan 02 2011 08:06 AM Re: 54 Caliber Flintlock Hunting Loads ?? [Re: Guest2]
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what about the 430 gr maxi-ball? I've read that thy do good.
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#2057181 - Sun Jan 02 2011 08:23 AM Re: 54 Caliber Flintlock Hunting Loads ?? [Re: Guest2]
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Loc: Chester County, PA
80 gr GOEX fff under a .010 patch greased with Crisco holding a .535 RB.
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#2057192 - Sun Jan 02 2011 08:32 AM Re: 54 Caliber Flintlock Hunting Loads ?? [Re: Guest2]
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At 50yds. 3 shots Lyman Great Plains.


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#2057198 - Sun Jan 02 2011 08:34 AM Re: 54 Caliber Flintlock Hunting Loads ?? [Re: jimsdad]
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Loc: Minersville , PA
90grs of 3F Goex with a .530 rb wrapped in a 40# cotton drill cloth patch (compresses to .018) lubed with TOW Mink oil.
My rifle has a 44" swamped barrel with round bottom rifling.

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#2057201 - Sun Jan 02 2011 08:36 AM Re: 54 Caliber Flintlock Hunting Loads ?? [Re: 410-er]
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Nice shooting 410-er! With their 1-60 bbl??
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#2057224 - Sun Jan 02 2011 08:54 AM Re: 54 Caliber Flintlock Hunting Loads ?? [Re: Guest2]
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Yes,I'd like to find one of the older 1:66 twist Lymans.

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#2057246 - Sun Jan 02 2011 09:16 AM Re: 54 Caliber Flintlock Hunting Loads ?? [Re: Retiredusne8]
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 Originally Posted By: Retiredusne8
what about the 430 gr maxi-ball? I've read that thy do good.


I've been shooting these out of my T/C Renegade for a few decades now, over 100 grains of 2F....These slugs will penetrate four feet of deer.....It's all I use, and the hole it puts in deer really makes them leak.
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#2057251 - Sun Jan 02 2011 09:20 AM Re: 54 Caliber Flintlock Hunting Loads ?? [Re: 410-er]
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Registered: Thu Feb 19 2009
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Loc: Pa
1:66 42" swamped Getz barrel, hunting load is 80 gr Gooex 3F, .530 round ball,.018 pillow ticking patch greased with Wonder Lube.

Loggy, have you found that you are getting any plastic or copper residue in your barrel? I know it can be cleaned out but just wondering, reluctant to stuff anything other than a round ball down mine.

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#2057253 - Sun Jan 02 2011 09:21 AM Re: 54 Caliber Flintlock Hunting Loads ?? [Re: Big Ken]
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Loc: PA 5B
44" swamped 54 cal Rice barrel huntng load 530 ball .018 patch and 80 gr of 3F for shots under 75 yards
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