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need some help here guys..... im dying to shoot it need help to get a good load started
 

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need help with what size patch and ball .......the barrel wasnt marked ... forget what i ordered back in the late 80s
 

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well it could vary a little but should be right about 490.cant rember patch size im shootin,but you can play with that.if its cuttin the patches when you shoot then go thinner.
 

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Try a .490 or .495 with some .024 denim(old jeans)to start.Can lube with olive oil.You want a little snug but not to hammer to start.You can varry patch size from there.
The guys that have 56 cal often use 54 balls with a heavy patch.
 

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It is a 50. You have to measure below the crown. If it is the Hawkins made by TC or CVA, they did not make a .52. Start with a 490 roundball and .15 patch. See how that grabs the rifling Should be tight but not so hard that you cannot push it down with reasonable force. Never hammer a ball. Sometimes guns prefer a 495 ball and .10 patch. Experiment and see what works for you.

GBJ
 

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Stuck my bore gauge where you have yours and got about the same.Go with a .490 ball and .015-.020 patch.
 

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it is a dixie gun works barrel purchased in 1984 i dont know where my paperwork went so im ask your best guess?
 

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should i buy both round balls and 2 types of patches ? what about a powder load to start with?
 
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