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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-19-2018, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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Best bullet for Renegade .54

Hi guys. I am new to muzzleloading and I have a T/C Renegade .54 Flintlock. It has been in storage for a very lock time and the lock assembly needed worked on as it wouldn't "cock" so I sent it into T/C and am awaiting its return. In the meantime, I cannot find MaxiBall bullets for the caliber. And when I do, they're real heavy. I was looking into the Hornady Great Plains bullets. They have them for .54 in 425 gr. Anybody here ever use these out of this muzzleloader? If not, what has performed well for you out of a Renegade .54? All advice/suggestions are appreciated!

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I have a t/c greyhawk 54 cal i think it's the same twist as a renegade I shoot powerbelt i the greyhawk.

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Try a 530 or 535 round ball. They are worth a shot. Powerbelts are $$$ . I know the Deerstalker worked great with a round ball combo unless you are shooting competition save the money ...

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I shoot a .530 round ball and a .020 patch in a .54 Renegade with 80 grains of 2F. The groups are really good. I tried the Great Plains with 90 grains plus an over the powder wad and did get good groups. The recoil is more and it's not cheap shooting, but if you're hunting with them it should be really effective.
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I shoot a .530 round ball and a .020 patch in a .54 Renegade with 80 grains of 2F. The groups are really good. I tried the Great Plains with 90 grains plus an over the powder wad and did get good groups. The recoil is more and it's not cheap shooting, but if you're hunting with them it should be really effective.
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Try a 530 or 535 round ball. They are worth a shot. Powerbelts are $$$ . I know the Deerstalker worked great with a round ball combo unless you are shooting competition save the money ...
You guys are definitely making sense. Roundballs are much more cost effective and I hear a lot of great things about them out of this rifle. Tried and true. Guess I am going to have to give them a try. I just didn't want to have to deal with lubed patches but it doesn't seem like all that big of a deal. Thanks

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Hornady or Thompson Sabots with XTP bullets.
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I shoot the great plains bullet. I used a lighter bullet maybe 390 -395, no longer made. Did just buy a box of 425 grain, but have not tried them yet. My renegade has a compromise twist of one in 48. So they can shoot either round balls or bullets. Wish it were a 1 in 28 or one in 32 or something like that for bullets. One in 66 for round ball. With the in between twist you just have to see what works best. Shooting 80 or 85 grains of powder.
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I shoot the great plains bullet. I used a lighter bullet maybe 390 -395, no longer made. Did just buy a box of 425 grain, but have not tried them yet. My renegade has a compromise twist of one in 48. So they can shoot either round balls or bullets. Wish it were a 1 in 28 or one in 32 or something like that for bullets. One in 66 for round ball. With the in between twist you just have to see what works best. Shooting 80 or 85 grains of powder.
I would assume mine is 1 in 48 as well. I agree with you. Think I need to buy both a box of the 425 gr great plains bullets and a box of lighter round balls with lubed patches and spend a nice warm morning at the range (warm thoughts LOL) and see what performs the best.
Also, how is the recoil on these ol renegades? Much to worry about? Thought about buying one of those limbsaver slip-on deals for it.

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Recoil is not too bad, but everyone handles recoil different. If you have a concern, buy the slip on pad , if it doesn't increase the length of pull too much. Reducing recoil is a good thing.
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I shoot the Great Plains bullets in my .54 Deerstalker. I shoot the lighter ones but have some of the heavy ones that my brother gave me. He didn't think they fit the bore tight enough on his Greyhawk?
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