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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-13-2009, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking of trying round balls out .

I have a Pa Pellet 50 cal. . That I have had for 2 years and I have used power belts , Maxie hunters , and sabots in it . All have work out nice but I would like to use round balls in it . Any advice would be great on patch size , balls, and a go powder load to start with . I use 3f in the pan and 2f down the barrel now . I love working up loads with this just a starting point in needed . I will not be starting right away . It will be a in between season thing .

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Re: Thinking of trying round balls out .

Since you are not in a hurry that should help you out.

The smartest thing to do is to get several different patch thicknesses. Either go to a shoot where there are a bunch of shooters and borrow just a few-or maybe you can have some frinds give you some different thickness patches.

I would start with a .490 roundball.

I use 3F down the tube and 7F in the pan. I get good-fast-constant ignition with this combo. 70 grains is a great starter load. And normally close to the most accurate load in most 50 calibers.

A lot of hunters and shooters will "spit patch" their patch. I am a hunter so I do not use a spit patch. I use TC Bore Butter for a patch lubricant. I can leave a load in the rifle for a few days with the TC lube, I would not do that with a spit patch. Tom.
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Re: Thinking of trying round balls out .

.490 is right ball size to start with. I usually mic the barrel and get Lyman round ball mound custom made (not a lot of $$$).

Like hogshead said try different patch thickness. Patch should be 100% cotton (no nylon, it melts).

Start with .010 and go thivker till patching is tight but do able.

I use Crisco on my patches. I first wet them in gun oil, then use my fingeres to masage the crisco into the mesh. I put them in a plastic sandwich bag to keep them soft and clean, taking one out as needed. I fire my rifle at the end of the day and clean it. then use fresh BP the next time out. I love the round ball and have killed 13 deer with it in PA. mine is a 45 cal.

The patched ball is the most accurate projectile. But you must use 100% pure lead so the patch takes the grip on the lead. bullet casting lead is no good.
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Re: Thinking of trying round balls out .

I agree on the .490 RB and 70 gr for a starter, As for patches, Prelubed work well and if I'm just plinkin' I use blue tickin' spit patch and run a wet patch down between shots. For hunting bore butter makes a good off the shelf lube for patches. I have a couple of 50's one likes .15 patches the other seems to like .18 better. As we all know, every muzzy has it own likes and dislikes, Grab an assortment of goodies and have some fun.

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Re: Thinking of trying round balls out .

My guess is it will settle in at 80grs of FFg,a .490 RB,and either .015 or .018 patch.

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Re: Thinking of trying round balls out .

I have a Lyman Deerstalker that really likes .490rb, 80gr FFg, and blue ticking lubed with bore butter. I put ball after ball in the same hole at 50yds

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Re: Thinking of trying round balls out .

Thanks for the help . Sorry it took so long to get back with all of you .

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Re: Thinking of trying round balls out .

Use Crisco as a lube. It's cheap, readity availabe, keeps the burned residue soft shot after shot. Use the thinest patch you can find to start with and work up (if you have to) from there. 80 - 85 gr GOEX.

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Re: Thinking of trying round balls out .

I agree with all the above, but I like Goex FFF in the pipe, 80 grs worth thats what my TC's like. Thats half the fun finding the load that works

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Re: Thinking of trying round balls out .

I could be mistaken on this but I think to use roundballs you need a compatible rate of twist in the rifling. Not familiar with what your gun has. Believe I read where roundballs work best with a 1:48 to 1:66 rifling twist. If questionable, contact the manufacturer's customer service. They are probably the most knowledgeable.
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