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Just recently I purchased a 16 gauge double barrel percussion muzzle-loader. Never been down this road before as far as Shotgun loads goes, etc... as I've only hunted with a T/C Hawkens 50 Cal. Flintlock.

I plan on using it for some Small Game, maybe even Turkey.

Just what does everyone use as far as:

A. Shot Cups needed to be used to keep a pattern OR fibre wads, over shot card, over powder cards better?

B. Black Powder measurements?

C. Shot measurements?

My plan is using 2F Goex down the barrel.
#4 Shot for Turkey
#7 1/2 Shot or #8 for Squirrel, etc.

Recommendations Please.
 

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Re: 16g. Double Barrel Percussion

Is it a newer one or an old origional?
a)No shot cups
B)I use 70grs of FFg in my 17ga and 18ga.Here is a chart for MUZZLELOADING shotguns.

http://www.goexpowder.com/load-chart.html

C)Eaqual amounts of powder/shot up to 1/3 mor shot.I use 1 1/8oz.
D)Shot size for game should be 1 size larger than used in modern shotgun.I use #4 for squirrel and pheasant and #6 for rabbit.
E)Pattern your gun.Once you have a uniform 25yd pattern,make sure you shot can penetrate both sides of a steel can.
F)powder,1/8"over powder card,fiber wad,shot,over shot card.I lube my wads with Bear oil but Olive oil or any nonpetrolium base oil will work.

This also might help

http://www.redriverrenegades.com/black_powder_shotgun_basics.htm
 

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Re: 16g. Double Barrel Percussion

Ok, Thanks 410..
It is an older original not sure on the name, I'm going to look for ID markings.
 

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Re: 16g. Double Barrel Percussion

What is the exact bore size?
You want that over the powder card tight and the over the shot.The fiber wad can be gauge or 1 size under.
Take the barrel off and look for "ELG" either by it self or in a circle under the barrels.
 

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Re: 16g. Double Barrel Percussion

Yes, I was just going to post some pics but there is <span style="font-weight: bold">ELG</span> inside an oval circle under the barrels.

Barrels are brown and are 30" from the muzzle to the nipple.

Plan on polishing all metals and possibly refinishing the stock.









 

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Re: 16g. Double Barrel Percussion

Looks like from the metric stamps that bores are 16ga.
17.0-.669 16.8-.661.
There is a English proof with the crown.English imported some Belgian barrels.Ofter Belgian barrels were welded together and stronger where English were soldered and weaker.
Proof marks
http://www.nramuseum.com/media/940944/proofmarks.pdf


Here is the "FDF"
http://damascus-barrels.com/Belgian_Trade_Marks.html

I would leave her in origional condition!NO REFINISH!
Take a shotgun rod,16ga brush,and wrap some 0000 steel wool.Put the rod on a drill.Oil inside good and polish her up.
The 0000 steel and oil will remove rust from steel on outside but won't hurt finish.Johnson paste wax on wood.
Looks like a shooter!
 

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Sounds like a plan!!!

I Thank you very much for all your help and suggestions and patience with my questions!!

Thank you 410-er!!!
 
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