I recently purchased a Traditions Buckstalker inline. I really like it except I'm having an extremely hard time pushing the sabots in. Any thoughts on me using the PowerBelt Aerotips? Thank you in advance.
When using sabots you have to clean for plastic fouling as well as powder fouling. Plastic will build up in the barrel with time and repetative shooting, and if its not cleaned it will affect accuracy and cause loading difficulty. Peronaly I use powerbelts for inlines and patched round balls for flinters.
Start using Blackhorn 209 Powder for starters.You can try Tc Shockwaves.I use the 300 gr.With the BH209 and Shockwaves i have shot and loaded,shot and loaded for at least 30 shots without cleaning in my TC Triumph and the accuracy was just as good from the 30th shot as the first shot.
I would also try looking into other sabots. I recently spent a good bit of time working on loads to take out west, and noticed that some loaded easier than others, even if they were advertised at the same diameter and were the same brand. That was even swabbing the barrel with a wet patch, then twice with a dry patch between each shot (using T7 but will probably go to the Blackhorn once my powder jug is empty). I do not use bore butter to load.
Two of the sabots that loaded easier than the others in my gun were the Hornady Low Drag 300 grain SST and the Barnes Spitfire 250grain T-EZ. Note that both advertised to load easier, and they both seemed to for me.
I wound up using the Barnes Spitfire T-MZ, which gave me a better grouping at longer distance needed for Wyoming. They were a complete pain in the butt to load though, so I will go back to the T-EZ's for PA hunting.
I had previously used 245grain HP Powerbelts with no problems and took deer as far as 120 yards with them, but wanted a longer, narrower sabot for out west. The sabots do hold a better group then the PB's for me and seem to seal and seat better, so keep that in mind.
Thanks to all of you for your replies. I have some good suggestions I will be trying soon. I don't get on the computer much these days so you may not hear from me immediately after posting. Thanks again! Happy Hunting!
The Buckstalker and Buckskinner I believe are two different MLs. As far as the Buckstalker I started with one and I had no problems as long as I swabbed with a damp patch and one dry patch between each shot. I used PowerBelt ATs in 245 grain. Hope this helps.
Maybe I found the answer to my problem I started this thread with. I did get sighted in although I had a hard time getting the sabots to go in even though I swabbed out with a cleaning patch between loads. Went home, cleaned and dried the barrel. My last patch through it was with Bore Butter. Night before the season opener, I wiped a very thin coat of Bore Butter on the sabot I would use as my first shot. Next morning the sabot practically fell through the barrel with little pressure from me. Lesson learned? I think so. Lubricate the barrel!! Comments please.