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Load/ball suggestions for .50 Cal PA hunter flinty

Recently got a used 50.cal T/C PA hunter flintlock. 1:48 twist. Any suggestion on loads?
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490 Patched roundball 80 grains fff and make smoke.

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Re: Load/ball suggestions for .50 Cal PA hunter flinty

Purdy sure the Pa hunter had a 1/66 " twist.I'd start with a .490 roundball,.15 patch and work up from 75 gr of either fffg or ffg.It's a great gun that could be made better with a better trigger.
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Re: Load/ball suggestions for .50 Cal PA hunter flinty

Most of my 50's like 80grs of FFg.Try both .490 and .495 RB's.Each gun is different.Try .015,.018,and .020 patches.Gotta try all variables to see what yours likes.

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My Pa Hunter has a 1 in 66 twist and shoots best with 70 grains 3F, a .495 round ball and .015 patch. But as 410-er suggested, you really need to try different combinations of powder, ball and patch till you find one that suits you.

It should shoot well but most of these guns had lousy triggers. I had mine worked down to about 2 1/2 lbs. by a good gunsmith.
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Thanks for the advice. Funny thing...everybody I tell about this gun says it has a 1:66 twist. However, I called T/C and they said the only PA Hunters w/ such a twist are older models and those are stamped "1:66". Any PA Hunter NOT stamped has a 1:48 twist.
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If it has a shallow groove rifling, you want a nice tight weave patch. Either a 490 ball or a 495. As for patches, it should start firmly, but not bruise your hand or palm to do so. Nor should you need a mallet to start the patched ball.
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Measure twist yourself.
Use tight patch on a jag with your rod.Push to bottom of barrel.Put a piece of tape around your rod just above the muzzle.Mark a line on the tape.Slowly pull the rod up letting it spin freely between your fingers.When the mark on the tape has made 1/4 turn stop.Measure the distance from the end of the muzzle to your tape and multiply by 4.This will give you your twist rate.

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Didn't they (T/C) stop production of the PA Hunter around 2000 or so? I have 2 a first run model and one a few years older and they are both 1:66 twist guns. Did't know any PA hunters were 1:48 twist unless it was one of the very last runs, when PA changed the law to include conicals??? Like DCE stated though. Good loads to start with and work up fromthere until your groups open back up and that's your load.

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Thanks for the advice. Funny thing...everybody I tell about this gun says it has a 1:66 twist. However, I called T/C and they said the only PA Hunters w/ such a twist are older models and those are stamped "1:66". Any PA Hunter NOT stamped has a 1:48 twist.
Owned a PA Hunter(non-stamped bbl) and it had a 1-66 twist. It's favorite load was a .490 roundball. .015 patch and 90 grains 2fg Goex. Owned PA Hunter before I swithched to 100% Swiss powder.

If your for some unknown reason has a 1-48 bbl ...likely the same bbl used on the TC Firestorm(exception being non-removable breechplug). I owned a FS about 10 years ago & it shot the 295 Aerotip Powerbelts well plus in a pure conical..the TC 370 grain maxis. As 410-er said...I think you should ck out the twist of that TC PA Hunter.

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