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Exp advice on bullets for 1"-48 twist

I am looking for some bullet options and advice on what to shoot in my Pa Pellet 50 cal flinter,
It is a 1 in 48 twist and I know some bullet types shoot better than others,

so toss me some options

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My T/C Renegade likes 320 grain T/C Maxiballs in front of 85 grains 2f. Good luck!

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Re: Exp advice on bullets for 1"-48 twist

my gun is a traditions 50 cal hawken....it likes 245 gr hollow point power belts pushed with 90 gr fffg.....the proof is in the freezer....best to try different bullets with different gr of powder and see what she likes.....good luck

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Re: Exp advice on bullets for 1"-48 twist

Thats what I have been doing The sabots are shooting better
I started at 100 gr and Im dropping,

Im gona try all the loads that get posted, keepem comeing
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Re: Exp advice on bullets for 1"-48 twist

I think depth of rifling, and slightly to a lesser degree barrel length also should play a part in bullet selection. A deeper rifling groove seems to shoot patched round [censored] with more acuracy than shallow grooves. Shallow grooves seem more for conicals and sabots. You will have to experiment with the different bullet types and find the one right for your rifle. I would start with PRB's, and T/C Maxi - [censored]. Chances are you will find one or both of these to shoot with accuracy.
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Re: Exp advice on bullets for 1"-48 twist

what landngroove said! I in 48 is a compromise twist, supposedly to handle both patched roundballs and conicals., The problem is that 1:48 is too slow for some short conicals to stabilize and spin true down range. I am not sure of th rifling depth in your gun, but the projectiles made for in-lines are usually made for very shallow close tolerance rifling.

As said you need to experiment. A tight patched round ball with a more moderate load should do well. say 75 or 80 grains of 2fg. Keep in mind that a long bullet requires less powder to carry it's energy down range. Some folks think they need long range buffalo loads for white tail. It makes no sense to beat yourself up like that.
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I'm shooting a pa pellet, 110 grains 2f black powder and a 295 grain powerbelt hollow point and it shoots great for me.
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Re: Exp advice on bullets for 1"-48 twist

95gr FFg, wad and 275gr T/C Maxi-hunters shoot really good from my Cabela's(Investarms/Lyman) Hawken flinter....29" bbl, 1-48" twist.

For PRB's I have to drop to 70gr FFg max or it's all over the place. Any more, I just shoot PRB's to practice with and use the maxi-hunters for hunting.

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Re: Exp advice on bullets for 1"-48 twist

240Gr. Thompson Center Cheap Shot Sabot lubed up with bore butter over 90gr. of FF GOEX. This load works great for me, I didnt have much luck shooting "jacketed" bullets out of my flinter, they never seemed to expand much for me plus they cost so dang much!
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Re: Exp advice on bullets for 1"-48 twist

I purchased a PA Pellet last year. Been shooting TC Shockwaves in mag express sabots (packged together) w/ 100 grains (2 pellets) of 777. Shoots well. Tried 3 pellets (150 gr), but the group opened up. I'm still experimenting.

The owners manual reccommends: " using a saboted projectile with loose or pelletized powder...conical bullets will shoot accurately, but should be used with loose powder only....PRB can b used but will not give you the best accuracy because of the fast rifling twist in the barrel."
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