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Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Southeast Pa 5D
Sounds like your Thunderhawk is a ballistic twin to my wife, Elaines, .50 cal Thunderhawk.
We tried for years to find a FFG loading to do tighter than 3inches @ 50 yds,(had a peep and bead back then), untill my hunting partner finally convinced us to try that "wretched" Pyrodex, which I felt was an abomination.
Today Elaines Thunderhawk wears a 3X9X40 Leupold, with 100grs of Pyrodex RS,(ooops, I came around), under a Hornady 250gr SST saboted projectile. This combination does the same 1 1/2inch at a hundred as yours. Almost makes me want to make use of it over my flintlocks (once in awhile).
Remember.... they're full time deer......we're part time hunters!