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What size patch is everyone who shoots a TC Firestorm shooting with a .490 roundball? Picked one up recently, so any help will be greatly appreciated!
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I use a .015, If it goes down real easy, you mite need a lil thicker one.
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Most TC's like patches of .015-.018 with a .490
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Or if it goes down easy, go up to a .495 ball. Your groups will probably shrink with a tighter fitting combo.
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My Firestorm shot better with Powerbelts than round balls, but I have heard /read guys say just the opposite. I got rid of my Firestorm a couple of years ago as it never shot as well as my PA Hunter. Have you tried powerbelts?
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My Firestorm shot better with Powerbelts than round balls, but I have heard /read guys say just the opposite. I got rid of my Firestorm a couple of years ago as it never shot as well as my PA Hunter. Have you tried powerbelts?

NO, because my last flinter was stolen from my dad's truck a few years ago, and I never replaced it. This one came around, and I grabbed it for a good price. I may try them, an see how it goes.
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Owned a TC Firestorm which has a 1-48 twist bbl and never shot round balls well for me. Sold gun as it never met my expectations same as any other 1-48 barreled ml I owned. The 295 grain Powerbelt Aerotips did group half decent. For...me it's either really slow or fast twist(primarily inlines). The FS did come with a fairly fast lock for a factory stamped ml plus removable breech plug was nice..
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i owned a firestorm and switched to a CVA optima. i like the inlines better. but i did shoot powerbelts out of my TC and they were pretty accurate. i can just about touch holes at 100 yards out of my Optima with 295 grain copper clad HP powerbelt and a Simmons 3x9 scope.

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NO, because my last flinter was stolen from my dad's truck a few years ago, and I never replaced it. This one came around, and I grabbed it for a good price. I may try them, an see how it goes.
I would try the lighter 245 grain Power Belts. Mine shoots them great. A 1/48 will do much better with lighter and therefore shorter projectiles.

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I would try the lighter 245 grain Power Belts. Mine shoots them great. A 1/48 will do much better with lighter and therefore shorter projectiles.

Thanks, I am gonna try them. The round balls shot good with a .015 patch but I need to work on my form a bit too. lol
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