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Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: York County, PA
Re: Hard time loading Traditions Buckstalker
I have the same gun and also love it.
I would also try looking into other sabots. I recently spent a good bit of time working on loads to take out west, and noticed that some loaded easier than others, even if they were advertised at the same diameter and were the same brand. That was even swabbing the barrel with a wet patch, then twice with a dry patch between each shot (using T7 but will probably go to the Blackhorn once my powder jug is empty). I do not use bore butter to load.
Two of the sabots that loaded easier than the others in my gun were the Hornady Low Drag 300 grain SST and the Barnes Spitfire 250grain T-EZ. Note that both advertised to load easier, and they both seemed to for me.
I wound up using the Barnes Spitfire T-MZ, which gave me a better grouping at longer distance needed for Wyoming. They were a complete pain in the butt to load though, so I will go back to the T-EZ's for PA hunting.
I had previously used 245grain HP Powerbelts with no problems and took deer as far as 120 yards with them, but wanted a longer, narrower sabot for out west. The sabots do hold a better group then the PB's for me and seem to seal and seat better, so keep that in mind.
"Well boy, you ain't gonna git nothin' layin' in that bed." ~My ol' man