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So the rifle portion of this year's deer season came to end end without my tag filled, which means I get to extend over to muzzleloader season for a couple weeks. About a year ago, I got a Thompson/Center White Mountain Carbine in .50 caliber (attached pic is not of my rifle, but mine is very similar.) It shoots well; offhand I can keep 3 shots in about 4-5" at 75 yards with the stock buckhorn-type sights. 

I installed a Hot Shot nipple and am running 90 grains of FFFg under a 275-grain T/C Maxi-Hunter HP projectile. I have pre-lubed patches and .490" lead balls to try someday, but I like the Maxi-Hunters better; it seems to me terminal performance would be better.

Do you guys shoot any muzzleloaders with any frequency? What's your pet load?


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Black powder is a different critter. in so many ways from smokeless powder.

Because it is such an involved topic and important I think I should give this shortcut to Chuck Hawks page on an article by Randy Wakeman, well worth the time to read and probably retain for a notebook  IMO.

Muzzleloading Pressure, Recoil, and Velocity

Another good read

Black powder pressures

more information that proves 1 and 1 does not always mean it equals 2as far as black powder goes

Insofar as I ever experienced even with a pet load accuracy was more the rifle and area (time and weather) of your hunting.

Needless to say of all the information on BP I found that air density including altitude humidity  and temperature all play a part in pressure and accuracy. Since new BP rifles should stand any normal pressure of verified  loads  I would venture to guess it is more experience of your weapon and finding the correct projectile powder combination that suits you and your hunting if it be stand or walk hunting.  Stand hunting  you can shoot at a relative known distance where walk hunting there are no fixed distances.

All I know is consistency is the key to reloading and in BP you reload every shot and generally your always shooting from a cold barrel so I would shoot for practice from a cold barrel and keep notes. In these instances I took other arms and sighted in or just had fun between shots.

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