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PostSubject: 28" VS 32" Barrel + Precision Packer   February 1st 2017, 2:09 pm

Did a little testing today with the 28" and 32" Traditions sidelocks. Gorgeous day! Another 60* day 3 days in a row. Windy, but I wasn't shooting for accuracy.


Traditions St.Louis Hawken .50cal 1:48 twist, 28" barrel

Both rifles shot the same loads of 80gr Pyrodex RS, .490" round ball, .020" patches and seated using the Muzzleloading Precision Packer.

Both rifles were also swabbed between shots to try to keep things clean and consistent.

Chrony set at 20 feet and level in all 3 corners.

28" Barrel FPS -
1,718 Clean Bore
1,769
1,772
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Traditions Mountain Rifle
32" Barrel FPS -
1,746 Clean Bore
1,768
1,793

I also took one more shot and used the wood ramrod to seat the charge and while it did not hang fire, the powder did not fully light up. Very weak recoil and a low muffled sound when the rifle went off. Im using a factory nipple, so that just might be the issue with Pyrodex RS. This registered 1,545 FPS.

By mistake, the Mountain Rifle grouped amazing! I never paid much attention to the target other than focusing the front sight on the bulls eye at 6 o'clock and so my barrel and the rest of the sight covers were the balls actually impact. After the last shot I turned around and noticed a bright green spot and went, holy......!  I had no clue she'd shoot this pretty at 100 yards. Slightly and I mean ever slightly, under 2" group at 100 yards.


Both rifles performed great and shot great.  I personally like the St.Louis Hawken better with the shorter barrel. It just seems a lot lighter and easier to handle.


Overall, I did not see a huge performance gain with a barrel that is 4" longer. I shoot the most accurate loads, not the most powerful loads, because accuracy and being able to place those shots matters most to me than going out there and throwing huge powder charges down range that don't group worth a spit.
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PostSubject: Re: 28" VS 32" Barrel + Precision Packer   February 4th 2017, 6:35 am

What is a Muzzleloading Precision Packer?
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PostSubject: Re: 28" VS 32" Barrel + Precision Packer   February 4th 2017, 10:26 pm

This little gadget that seats your projectile consistently on top of the powder charge,
http://www.frontiermuzzleloading.com/t9798-traditions-hawken-woodsman-precision-packer
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PostSubject: Re: 28" VS 32" Barrel + Precision Packer   February 5th 2017, 5:42 am

That is a good report.   Some fine shooting too!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: 28" VS 32" Barrel + Precision Packer   February 5th 2017, 11:15 am

I'll be out later in the day to test some crazy 100gr jim shockeys gold charges at 50 yards lol. I know it won't shoot for darn, but why the heck not, its a beautiful day.
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PostSubject: Re: 28" VS 32" Barrel + Precision Packer   February 5th 2017, 3:55 pm

Wish we had some warm weather up here I would head out to the range myself.  My wife and I went for a walk because it was sunny out but the temp was 22 degrees with a little wind.

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