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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-03-2009, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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I am using a Traditions Deerhunter 54 Cal. percussion with a 24" 1:48 twist barrel. 230gr round ball and Shockey's Gold FFFG powder. The Traditions Owner's Manual,(link below), recommends 50-75gr of 3f powder but another chart recommends 100gr. I am just looking for a good starting point. This will be my first year hunting with a muzzleloader. http://www.traditionsfirearms.com/es...CK%20BOOK1.pdf
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-03-2009, 04:55 PM
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I would take it out and find out what it likes every muzzle loader is different and finding what it likes is half the fun.

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I am taking it to the range tomorrow. After getting it shooting good on a bench rest i'll do some offhand shooting both standing and sitting.
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Good Idea . Have fun and be safe .

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may want to take some pyrodex rs or P with you. That shockeys gold stuff is very course and may give you hang fires.
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it's what I have and I ain't spending another $30 for more powder. would magnum caps help with that?
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Scrub the crud and packing grease out of the barrel 1st thing before you shoot it.

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I figured that out last year when I shot it the first time. I loaded it up put a cap on pulled the trigger and snap, that was it. Tried a few more yomes and the same thing. we took the bolster screw and nipple out and it was full of oil, we dried as much out as possible and tried it again and snap nothing else, tried 2 more times and just snap. I was about to give up and take it to the gunsmith to have the ball pulled when I figured I would try one more time. I put another cap on pulled the trigger and snap.BOOM, lol. I learned not to use too much oil on a muzzleloader.
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snaring, Seeing that you are shooting a short barrel,(24"), I would recommend shooting a lite load, 85 grains Triple F, and a lite bullet. I don't shoot a .54 cal, I shoot a .50 cal, and shoot a .490 Hornaday round ball, with 80 grains of Triple Fg. You should always start lite, and progress in usually 5 grain increments. (MY OPINION)

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last year I shot 80 so I was going to start there. I also shoot a .530 hornady round ball.
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