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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-24-2019, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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New to muzzleloader hunting

Thought I would try muzzleloader hunting this year. I have a Hawken .50 caliber. My questions are what powder to use in pan ffg or fffg. How many grains of powder? Plan on using round balls .490 What patch .010 or .015. Thanks for any help I receive.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-24-2019, 05:23 PM
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I use ffffg in the pan and ffg in the barrel.80 grams in the barrel and enough to fill the flash pan. try that as a starter point and experiment from there to see what you like. good luck
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We are not far apart if you need some help, PM me.
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Here is help.Good read !

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My .50 Hawken likes 63 grains of 2F powder, .490 round ball and a .010 patch. I usee 4F to prime. You can start with 50 grains and go up by 5 grain increments until you find your sweet spot.
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I'll echo the above advice about the bore charge (FFg or FFFg, mine like FFFg over FFg)
Every barrel is different, you have to work up to find the sweet load.
On priming, FFFFg is the way to go, and I'd advise to not fill the pan right off the bat, but rather start small. The goal is to use the minimum amount necessary to ensure reliable ignition on each fall of the flint. Anything beyond that only slows the timing between the pan flashing and the main charge going off. Find the sweet spot and ignition will be almost instantaneous.
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Got it sighted in at 50 yds. 4fg in pan & 90 gr. in barrel.2 centered but outside bullseye, 3rd. Shot hit the bullseye
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Got it sighted in at 50 yds. 4fg in pan & 90 gr. of 3fg.in barrel.2 centered but outside bullseye, 3rd. Shot hit the bullseye
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sounds like you`re getting the hang of it
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