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Lyman .54 Deerstalker Load

Extremely excited to say I finally ordered my first flintlock. Found one about 60 dollars off. With that being said, I'm new to this and I'm looking for some recommendations on loads you all could recommend for whitetail hunting. I haven't purchased any powder or projectiles yet. Any other advice on the rifle would be great. Thanks in advance.

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Start here.

http://www.cherrytreefamily.com/muzzledixon.htm

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http://www.goexpowder.com/load-chart.html

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Re: Lyman .54 Deerstalker Load

.530 roundball
.015 or .018 patch the smallest patch would be a .010
2F from 75 up to 100 GR or 3F in 75 to 80 GR
4F in the pan or 3F could be used in the pan also

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Re: Lyman .54 Deerstalker Load

Thanks for the info so far. I'll be doing a lot of reading on things. That site has a lot of good info.

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Re: Lyman .54 Deerstalker Load

I use 3f in my .54 and have seen my groups tighten a bunch. I always used 2f in my 50 calibers but read an article on 3f in .54's.
Oh by the way, I have the Deerstalker in .54 and love it.
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Re: Lyman .54 Deerstalker Load

I have been using 90 gr of 2F and .10 patches with a 0.535 ball. Since this is a new rifle remember that it takes a few hundred shots to season the barrel and remove most of the machining edges. Look for cut patches after firing. It will also shoot low. They do this so that after the barrel has been seasoned you can file the front site down for either a 6 o'clock hold or a center hold. I use 4F in the pan you you only fill it 1/3. Should not cover the hole.
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I use 3f in my .54 and have seen my groups tighten a bunch. I always used 2f in my 50 calibers but read an article on 3f in .54's.
Oh by the way, I have the Deerstalker in .54 and love it.
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I was planning on using 3f and 4f in the pan. How many grains have you had luck with?

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Thanks for the tip. Did you notice poor accuracy from the filings?

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Re: Lyman .54 Deerstalker Load

The Deerstalker has a shorter barrel and can use a faster burn like FFFg.As far as patches,Lymans like .018-.020 because of their deeper cut rifling.This also prevents blowby and dirty bores.

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Re: Lyman .54 Deerstalker Load

[quote=Fallair][quote=DCabets28]I use 3f in my .54 and have seen my groups tighten a bunch. I always used 2f in my 50 calibers but read an article on 3f in .54's.
Oh by the way, I have the Deerstalker in .54 and love it.
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I was planning on using 3f and 4f in the pan. How many grains have you had luck with?



I use 80 grains down the pipe and 4F in the pan.
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