Beginner tries ... now the questions...
First I want to say good luck to all the late season hunters out there. Second I want to apologize if I ask anything that has been answered before, I am new to the flintlock and trying to learn but have some questions/ requests for help about what I am doing.
I am using a TC Renegade 54 cal Flintlock (1:48 twist I believe) - I put in a new English flint and am using FFg in the barrel and FFFFg (3 grain measure) in the pan; I swab the barrel with a wet patch and a dry one between each shot.
Now, a request for help.... any thoughts or suggestions...
Shooting from 30 yards, I have adjusted my aim as high as I can, but am still about 8-10 inches below my bullseye. I am getting about a 6 inch grouping, but I want to get it up to the target before I worry about tightening it up. I was shooting 90 grains powder with a patched 530 roundball (my scale says they are about 226 grains, the box doesn't have that labelled). Just to see what it would do, I tried some variation (60 grains, and 120 grains) and saw no difference in the height.
So, since my sights will not let me raise the aim any more, how do I get my point of impact up where I need to be? If I am this far off at 30 yards, what will I be at 75 or 100..
And some other questions I am wondering about:
1. When I grease the patch, do I need to grease both sides, or just the side contacting the barrel?
2. Do I need a layer of grease on the patch, or just be sure it is infused into the weave?
3. My father-in-law had some Maxiballs (scale says 416 grains), do I need to use greased patches with this, or will the grease in the grooves be enough to only use the lead without the patch?
4. I also have some MaxiHunters (packaged says 360 grains)that are pre-greased. The box says they are to be used as in the package and dont need further prep -- Do I need a patch with these, or just the maxi? I shot a couple of these (without patches) and could not find the impact on the box behind my target at all -- so I have no idea where they hit....
I thank you all for your input and expertise -- short of finding a personal tutor (not something I would ask of anyone during the deer season) you all are my best source of information....
1A & 2D
Rem. 7600 30-06, 3x9 Scope
TC Renegade 54 cal Flintlock