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Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Southeast Pa 5D
I have a Pa Pellet, which is a very accurate flintlock. I've used three different bullets with it very successully. The first load chain is the 370gr Maxiball over 95 grs of FFG Goex. This was a solid 50yard load about 1 1/2" 50yd groups.
Second is the Traditions 250gr sabot over 100 grs of Goex FFG. These shot into about 3/4" at 50yds, and more less needed a specific short starter and working rod tip to avoid damaging the tip. Loading is not really that difficult provided you don't try forcing the sabot down, just use enough pressure for it to begin moving down and keep that same steady pressure untill it's seated.
The last load, and the one I'll have in the rifle this afternoon is the .490 patched ball,(.015"Ox Yoke pre-lubed) over just 75 grs of Goex FFG. The 1:48 twist of the Pa Pellet makes lighter charges with patched ball more predictable. Yours may handle a heavier powder charge than mine, only one way to find out.
Two things that I've done which may help you some: When I charge the powder, (and you need real black under those pellets for reliable ignition), I put it in the bore about 5grs at a time, then settle the powder by tapping the side to be certain it gets all the way into the breech plug.
The other thing was to have the trigger properly adjusted to a more usable pull weight than the 12 lb pull they come with.
Remember.... they're full time deer......we're part time hunters!