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Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Southeast Pa 5D
Mabel, my 50 cal caplock wore a few different barrels over the years, the two in question were both 1:48 twist, and 28 inches long.
The first barrel shot 370gr Maxis/90grs Goex incredibly well, and they did indeed leave quite a visable blood trail. Her first replacement barrel didn't shoot maxi balls anywhere nearly as well, but a.495 round ball with an .020 patch over 80grs of FFG and she was back to dropping deer again, but the blood trails didn't seem as heavy.
I would say the hunter needs to have confidence in the equipement, and whatever load chain your rifle takes a shine to, so long as you are as comfortable with it as the gun, that's the one you should hunt with.
Interesting fact concerning a 1:48 twist in a 50 cal muzzleloader.....It is the twist the Hawken Bros used in each of their rifles, not for the reason we look to it today of shooting patched ball or maxi ball reasonably well, but only because it was the only one they had the tooling for.
Last edited by flintlock hunter; 09-10-2019 at 06:27 PM.