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Loads for a Deerstalker 54 cal.

Just got a lyman flintlock wandering what you guys shoot? I have some loads from my Dad they are 110gr powder of 3f and Barnes Expander bullets 275 gr. Also anything special in breaking in a new gun?

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Re: Loads for a Deerstalker 54 cal.

i think my buddy shoots 70grs or 80grs of 3f and a .18thous patch with a .530rb

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Re: Loads for a Deerstalker 54 cal.

80gr 3F with a T/C Maxi Hunter
110gr of 3F seems excessive----110gr of 2F is excessive,nevermind 3F. JMHO

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Re: Loads for a Deerstalker 54 cal.



My Deerstaker is a .54 percussion. It is very accurate with 90 grains FFG Goex, .530" Hornady roundball, with .018" pillow ticking patch, lubed with Hoppes #9 Plus Black Powder Solvent And Patch Lube. Great gun, one of my most accurate MZ's.
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Re: Loads for a Deerstalker 54 cal.

I think I want to stay away from the ball and patch it's a little harder to load with a bad back and shoulder.

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Re: Loads for a Deerstalker 54 cal.

I like the Maxi Hunters because they load so easy-----I short start them with my thumb and then they seat easily with the ramrod.
The Maxi hunters have been discontinued by T/C BUT you can find them if you look around. I have bought 10 boxes from all over!!!
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Re: Loads for a Deerstalker 54 cal.

My best groups are with the patched round ball in my .54 Deerstalker. I am currently using 85 grains of 2f Goex, Crisco for lube, .015 patch and 530 ball with 4f for the pan. I use Hoppes plus for patch lube at the range.

If you are cutting patchs and suspect sharp rifling use a 30 cal bore brush and cut a patch out of a Scotch Brite pad to fit around the brush and run it up and down the bore about 25 times.
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Re: Loads for a Deerstalker 54 cal.

I shoot 80g of 3f goex with the hornady great plains bullet and 90g with the roundball. There is 1" difference in heigth at 50 yards.
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Re: Loads for a Deerstalker 54 cal.

I've had great accuracy and performance from the 348gr and 400gr powerbelts and about 90gr of 2F (any more than that and accuracy went out the window). Picked up some hornady GP's but haven't tried them yet.

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