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Lyman deerstalker load

I bought a 50 cal lyman flintlock this summer. everything is fine but i seem to drop quite fast at 70-75 yards. Using a hornady pa conical and 70gr fff charge. my groups are very good, but group drops off fast at 70-75yards. I still have a 1 1/2-2" group at that range just a foot below target. I figure more powder will probably help but don't know what more i could put in safely. thank u

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Re: Lyman deerstalker load

I know alot of guys that shoot 80 to 100 gr. FFg in their T/C PA Hunters
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Re: Lyman deerstalker load

I was shooting the same load the other day at 65 yards and it was shooting tight groups. I am bumping up the charge the next day I go out to shoot it as that is the highest I went with this rifle yet due to only shooting it 2-3 times.

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I would say 80-85 grains would be about as high as you will see me go. Maybe 90. But I'm not saying 90 until I see what happens with 80-85. You're starting to get into some real hot loads around there. So play it safe once you get that high and increase just a little at a time.

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thanks i just wasnt sure how high i could go

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Re: Lyman deerstalker load

Some will venture to say you can go higher... I really wouldn't mess with anything higher than that.

But slowly work your way up from 70, even 2-5 grains at a time, shoot a three shot group, climb the ladder, etc. If you feel at any time that something didn't seem right when the thing ignites, stop and call it a day.

Some guns can be really picky. One man's max load is another's "play at the range" load.

I might head out this afternoon to burn some powder myself, and do the exact thing, climb a little.

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Re: Lyman deerstalker load

My Lyman loved buffalo ball-ettes over 80 gr of ffG. They hit the same at 50 and 75 yds and dropped a bit at 100 yds. I don't think the buffalo bullet co makes the ball-ette any longer, unfortunately.

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Re: Lyman deerstalker load

i shoot 90grains of GOEX "FF" in my deerstalker

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I wouldn't shoot more that 90 gr out of it. Remember the shorter the barrel the less time the powder has to burn, so up until a point then you are just wasting powder

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that is true brewyak but as long as you have a tight enough seal caused by the projectile it will all burn though...

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Re: Lyman deerstalker load

another thing you can do is shoot your gun over a patch of snow and see if there is any powder granuals on top of the snow

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