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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-19-2014, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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.54 cal loads

Hi all,

I'm gonna hit the range at some point with my (new to me) .54 cal Hawken. I have a bag of T/C Maxi ball, and minnie balls that I ordered off of Track of the Wolf, as well as a bag of .53 roundball. Have patches and powder too. I was just wondering what you guys would suggest as hunting load for each.

Also, any tips for cleaning these?

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Re: .54 cal loads

I used to use 100 GR of 2F with round balls in a Renegade 54. I think my barrel is a couple inches shorter than a Hawken. I always found TC Maxi balls to be too tight for hunting, especially back when I used a wooden rod. For the last few years I have been using Powerbelts but that isn't very traditional, I know. The other problem with Powerbelts is when you pull them that the little red skirt stays in the barrel. I usually fire that out the back door and scare the neighbors, children, and cats.

Hard to beat hot water for cleaning. I swab between shots with a thick patch and bore cleaner. I have some Rusty Duck patches that work nice but I don't know if they are around any more.

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The Rusty Duck patches are still available...Google "RD775 Rusty Duck". They are between $7 and $8 a container. Mine has lasted for years.
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Re: .54 cal loads

You could start at 85 or 90 grains and go up from there. When your group starts to open up back up to where the group was good and use that. I swab between shots with a spit patch and wipe with two dry patches for consistency at the range. Use hot water for cleaning and after clean and bore is still warm you can run one patch down with bore butter or wonderlube (same thing).
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Re: .54 cal loads

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What do you mean by the Maxi Balls being "too tight" for hunting?
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Thanks for the tips guys, especially on the cleaning. One question I have is do you change the load when using maxi ball as opposed to round ball?

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Sometimes when hunting I like to be able to do a quick reload. I have not had success with that with maxi balls. Maybe my bore is just tight but I need to have it clean and lubed to get them down. Not into the banging it up against the tree technique.
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Re: .54 cal loads

Are you burning FFg or FFFg?TC's don't have as deep a rifling as Lyman.They mostly like .015-.018 patch.
Caution using those maxis.They can shift off the load ringing/bulging the barrel.Another guy on a different site is dealing with a gun he bought with a ring about 8" from the bottom.
Check to make sure it is seated often and keep the muzzle pointed up.

Conicals are heavier.Here is a load chart.
http://www.goexpowder.com/load-chart.html

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This is the load I use in my .54:

80 grains of FFg Goex
Pillow ticking patch lubed with homemade moose juice
Hornady .530 roundball
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Are you burning FFg or FFFg?TC's don't have as deep a rifling as Lyman.They mostly like .015-.018 patch.
Caution using those maxis.They can shift off the load ringing/bulging the barrel.Another guy on a different site is dealing with a gun he bought with a ring about 8" from the bottom.
Check to make sure it is seated often and keep the muzzle pointed up.

Conicals are heavier.Here is a load chart.
http://www.goexpowder.com/load-chart.html
I have FFg that I would be using. Now you have me worried about using T/C Maxi balls. Does that happen often? How do you know if it shifted in the barrel?

Has anyone used the .54 cal minnie ball from Track of the Wolf?

http://www.trackofthewolf.com/List/Item.aspx/129/1

Thanks agian. Lots of useful information!
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