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Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Southern 2G & Northern 4D
Cleanest burning "Real" black power.
Question for all of you that have made more smoke than I have. What make of power leaves the less residue in the barrel after shooting? Seems we have to clean between each shot or two to ram a new load home without a lot of force. I have always used Gotex 3f power in all my muzzleloaders, and still do.
My first rife was/is a custom long rife 45 cal, Douglas xx 40 inch barrel with 1/60 or 1/66 twist, (don't remember anymore) that I shoot nothing but patched round ball out of in front of 70 grains of 3f power. Don't use it much any more because I can't see well enough beyond 20/25 yard with the open sights, was no problem 40 years ago.😀 Fouling doesn't seem to bad with this rifle, but I usually ran a wet & dry patch between loads because the round ball is .451 with a .02 pillow ticking patch. Yeah it's tight, but she shoots center if I hold true.
Fouling is a problem in these 4 gun though, unless we run a cleaning patch or two between shots.
First is a Thompson Center Hawkens 28" barrel with a 1/48 twist. 80 grains 3f power behind a 45 cal sabot'
Second is a RMC 50 cal, Green Mountain barrel, 24" barrel 1/28 twist. Also 80 grains of power shooting a 45cal sabot or maxi ball, usually sabot.
The other two, one flint, one percussion, both are RMC 50 cal, Green Mountain 28" barrels 1'28 twist, shooting 80 grains of 3f power and maxi balls.
Don't know if the fouling is normal or due to the brand of power. Don't think I'm near max loads on any of them, so I wouldn't think it too much power.
Any help would be appreciated.
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