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At The Range?

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Looking for some advice in terms of sighting in my flintlock. I recently purchased a TC Renegade .50 cal last xmas and wanted to go out to the range sometime next week. My question for you experienced smokepole guys is what steps I need to take to try and find a half decent load?

I plan on purchasing some 320gr maxibals to shoot. Should I start with 70grs of FF and shoot at 25yards and keep moving out to 50, 75yds or stay at the close range and adjust powder by 5grs? Also, is it best to swab between each shot or maybe after 3 or so? Run bore cleaner or just hot water? Much appreciated for the tips! I know for best results I need to develop a "ritual" in terms of loading and was wondering what some of the rituals you guys have when loading each shot. Thanks
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You are going to get a ton of help. But let me start with one very basic requirement. You have got to clean that rifle within an inch of its life. Get all the grease, oil loose machining chips and grit out of it. This includes the lock along with the barrel and trigger. In addition, read anything published by Sam Fadalla on black powder and flintlocks. You are embarking on a wonderful experience. Have fun and shoot safely.
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