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Want to shoot Traditions Flintlock better..help.

Hi all, just wondering where to start with this gun. This is year 3 with this gun and I had 'ok' groups to 25 yards...after that is all over the map. It is SO bad that ... I went to the range in wexford and could not tell where or IF I hit the large 3-ft by 4 ft target. Granted, that thing had a lot of holes in it but there were not ANY around a typical target sheet. Where do i go from here? I am using Goex powder and 90 grains with a .50 CALIBER / 245 GRAIN / HOLLOW POINT COPPER Powerbelt.
I just dont know what to move or start working with first to make things better? Should I keep tinkering with the sights? Should I adjust the load grains? Should I go for a heavier or lighter powerbelt? a different type etc? I would really like to stick with the powerbelts for their ease of use and loading. What have other Traditions Deerstalker users had success with? Please dont say buy another gun..I know this is a basic gun but I think it can do way better than this.
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I have not shot the power belts but I would start there. whats the twist?
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Re: Want to shoot Traditions Flintlock better..help.

My brother tried power belts in my 54 cal hawken and it shot like you describe. He tried patched round balls and the gun shot like its supposed to. Does it shoot any better on a dirty barrel?
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Re: Want to shoot Traditions Flintlock better..help.

i shoot mine with 75gr and a round ball and it shoots great.
never cared to try those powerbelt thingys, their for the in-liners.

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i know you dont want to hear it but the trigger pull stinks on that gun i had one and then bought a traditions hawken with a set trigger and my groups improved greatly. i shoot the same bullet and load as you in both guns.

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Re: Want to shoot Traditions Flintlock better..help.

I tried the powerbelts in my 1/48 twist for the same reason you stated, finally went with the Hornady FPB 350 grain bullet and backed my 2F down to 85 grains. Really pulled my grouping togetherand still not alot of clean up with these. Then again, I am still researching this board for feedback on the Hornady bullet also. JMO
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I had a similar problem with a Traditions flinter Pa Pellet model so I called traditions they told me that the ramp for the rear sight was to high and sent me a replacement. I installed it and it did help. Since then I have replaced the factory sights with RMC V Peeps and what a difference they make
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Re: Want to shoot Traditions Flintlock better..help.

I shoot a Traditions Deerhunter, probably the most entry level flinter you can shoot. I have had no accuracy problems out to 60 yards with a roundball and patch. 85gr of 2f goex and a .490 roundball. No problems at all. Makes me think it could be the powerbelts. Just my two cents.

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If you have to use Powerbelts,try the 295grs.Most 50's like them with shallow groove rifling.

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I would try different bullets, a different charge, etc.

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