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Powder questions....

I bought a traditions 50 cal flintlock 20 years ago while in college. This was the HR days and my buddies and I had a month off for Christmas break. None of us had any experience with flinters so we bought what the guy at the gun store told us to. I always used FFF for the barrel and actually crumbled it up with my ball starter to use in my pan. It’s always worked fine. I started reading stuff on line and started second guessing my decisions. I started using FF my barrel and FFFF for my pan. I don’t shoot my gun often, maybe a couple times a year. I haven’t taken a deer with it in a few years either. The last time I shot at the range it shot well with patched round balls and with maxi hunters. Just curious as to what some you more experienced guys think.
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I have always used 80gr. of 2FF in my barrel and 4FF in the pan. Has alwayed work great for me.. Gun went off today every time the flint dropped.. Good Luck

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agree with Stuffer, that is what dad and I use in our muzzleloaders and never had a problem. like Stuffer said good luck
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I use 3F in both pan and barrel. Gun goes boom when I pull the trigger no problem.
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What you were doing was working, apparently just fine. If it ain't broke don't fix it is generally sound advice. That said, some guns are more accurate/reliable with different powders, so trying FFG with FFFFG priming powder isn't a bad idea if you're unhappy with the groups the FFFG is giving you, but again, if it ain't broke.....
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Thanks for replies. I haven’t tinkered with it enough to try different loads. The gun has always shot really well with 90 grains of powder. I’ve messed around with different bullets but usually go back to patched balls. I was just wondering about the different size powder and amount of charge.
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I now use 70 grain of 3F in barrel and use Dixon's 4 F pan powder. Ignition is instant with no more eye reaction from pan flash. Groups are 1 inch at 50 yards and 1 to 2 inch at 75 yards. The pan powder goes off so fast there is no time to flinch and my accuracy has improved greatly.
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I use a 0.495 ball with 0.015 patch over 80 gr FFF in barrel and FFFF in pan. Not saying it's right for everyone, just what I use.
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Been using 2F in barrel and 4F in pan since the first time I shot a flintlock, in 1978.
As peviously mentioned, don't fix what ain't broke. lol

I have .50 cal TC Renegade since 1986(?). I've played around with different loads from 60 up to 110 grains. That gun is most accurate with 90 grains of 2F, a .10 patch, and a .490 round ball. Of course, that's provided I do my part and not flinch when the lock drops! Lol
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