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50 cal in a 54 cal?

I have some lead buffalo bullets 50 cal that are a pain in the butt to go down the bore on my 50 cal. Has anyone shot a heavy patched 50 cal bullet out of a 54 cal.? I'm not trying to blow myself up just wondering.
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Are they Buffalo Balletts....or bullets? What size diameter are they? Does the box say or did you micrometer them?
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This is what I have. They are really tight and I'm afraid to even try them. I started one and pulled it out with a pair of pliers. I don't need a stuck bullet.
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Great plains 385 gr bullets are on the order of a mini base with an upper bearing band which is roughly bore sized.

They are designed to be shot as purchased, the powder on them is the factory lube, and the fit should be fairly snug, not tight. As I remember they were pretty accurate with a moderate powder charge, my .50 liked 75grs of FFG.

As for patching it to use in a 54 cal, probably not a very good plan. There is a 54 cal version available, but I have no experience with those
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I shoot this same bullet in my Deerstalker. They start a tad hard because you are cutting the rifling into the bullet, once started they slide right down? I used to own a Traditions and tried .50 bullets similar to these but put out by Remington that were so tight I had to pond them into the end of the barrel to start them, terrible recoil and couldn't hit anything with them! Sold the gun to a friend who shot roundballs out of it and killed several deer? My brother gave me 2 boxes of this bullet in the heavier weight because they were loose in his Firestorm?
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I shoot the great plains in my 54, but they are 54 cal. I do not know if using a patch would work, as you have a long bearing surface compared to a round ball. A tight enough patch would probably be hard to get down the barrel, because of the long bearing surface.
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You can blow yourself up with the same caliber projectile as gun . The big thing is to make sure whatever you use is seated down on the powder charge. Guys have been doing this for years.Accuracy may vary but it will go BANG and it will go down range.
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I tried a couple of 44 mag, patched in my 50 cal flinter, Accuracy sucked,
Got some sabots. shoot great.

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I have some lead buffalo bullets 50 cal that are a pain in the butt to go down the bore on my 50 cal. Has anyone shot a heavy patched 50 cal bullet out of a 54 cal.? I'm not trying to blow myself up just wondering.
I wouldn't as they're specially designed for 50 cal sized bores. I shot them before & found the same thing...very tight. I cleaned all dry lube off bullet & relubed with bore butter or comparable and it helped as the factory dry lube sometimes isn't very well disbursed on bullet plus tends to cake/flake off.
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I used to always have problems with bullets being tight. Two things made a world of difference. I keep my bore clean and well lubed with TC Bore Butter (I know there are a lot of haters but it works for me) and the other thing is a nice brass range rod. There is nothing that doesn't go down with relative ease after starting. But if you are concerned about tightness, shoot Powerbelts. They will slide down any bore.
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