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sabot or round balls

buying a lyman 50 cal deerstalker..gotta friend who says I got to use round balls with a spit patch..better than sabots? what do you guys think?
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Re: sabot or round balls

I didn't think you could accurately shoot sabots with a 1:48 twist. You could use maxi-balls or similar. I could be wrong.

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Re: sabot or round balls

Another way to look at it is a 175 gr round ball vs a 370 bore size conical. I opt for the bigger chunk of lead.
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Re: sabot or round balls

I don't use Sabots, but I believe they are quite acceptable in a 1:48" twist. 1:66" however, like my Traditions, require PRB.

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Re: sabot or round balls

spit patch is only decent for target range, not worth a dang for hunting.
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Re: sabot or round balls

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spit patch is only decent for target range, not worth a dang for hunting.
Why ? and what are you calling a spit patch ? You seem to know your stuff when it comes to such matters, so I'm curious.

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Re: sabot or round balls

Spit patch is exactly what it sounds like. open mouth insert patch till wet then load. It is a good lube(and cheap) for target or woods walk. For hunting you should use a natural grease or oil lube that will not contaminate the powder or create rust in the barrel while being loaded for an extended time.
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Re: sabot or round balls

Sabots shoot best in 1/28, PRB best in 1/66. A 1/48 will still shoot PRB ok, but i have found that longer projectiles like sabots or the heavier lead maxi balls will not stabilize and shoot well.

What works great for me in 1/48 is the lighter 245 power belts, 275 grain maxi hunters, Hornady PA conicals etc... This are not overly long and will therefore stabilize well in 1/48.

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Re: sabot or round balls

exactly, spit patch is a spit patch, soak it in your mouth " which is pretty gross IMO" and load it into the barrel. Its ok for range play but not worth a darn as it dries out and provides zero lubrication on the patch to keep it from burning up.

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Re: sabot or round balls

I have a Hawken with a 1:48 twist and it shoots sabots better than anything. A friend has the same gun and his shoots powerbelts better than sabots, same twist. So get some different bullets and take a trip to the range and see which one yours shoots better.
On another note, be careful with sabots, I have noticed some like the shocky sabots seem to be made for inlines, meaning when I shot deer with them and my inline they performed great, however the same shot from my flinter did not expand at all, not enough speed I guess? In my 50 cal flinter I shoot a hollow point sabot, which expands great.

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