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PostSubject: Stiff load with a 1:48 twist   June 3rd 2017, 2:08 pm

Testing out some Olde Eynsford 2fg charges today at 100 yards. Im pretty happy!

The first 3 shots was using 12 o clock aim due to the sun being out and my eyes watering badly ( sensitive to sun light) I just left a sliver of orange when shooting. The next 3 shots in the bulls were were at 6 o clock hold once the clouds came out to cover the sun. Huge relief!!

90gr 2fg OE
.020" patches ( no swabbing )
.490" round balls ( 50/50 mix )

This was using my Traditions St.Louis Hawken with a 1:48 twist. I think its a pretty damn good group for such a heavy load of powder. This load shoots aprox 12 FPS faster than 100gr 2fg Goex. The bulls eye is 3" diameter for size reference.
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PostSubject: Re: Stiff load with a 1:48 twist   June 3rd 2017, 8:41 pm

Id take all 6 shots on any game animal. Those traditions shoot. I have seen some custion rifles not shoot that good !!!
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PostSubject: Re: Stiff load with a 1:48 twist   June 4th 2017, 7:05 am

I'll take that group any day! When I shoot at a 100 yards with my .58 the front sight blade will cover all of that 10 ring and a little more.  To settle in with a nice pattern like you have is great shooting!

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PostSubject: Re: Stiff load with a 1:48 twist   June 4th 2017, 7:27 am

That's some good shooting.
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PostSubject: Re: Stiff load with a 1:48 twist   June 4th 2017, 8:32 am

Amazing groups with that formula.  ( Rolling Eyes ...Wish I could shoot traditional like that at 100.)
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PostSubject: Re: Stiff load with a 1:48 twist   June 4th 2017, 8:55 am

@FrontierGander wrote:
.020" patches ( no swabbing )
.490" round balls ( 50/50 mix )

My long experience with 1:48 in a wide array of calibers, and both deep and shallow rifling, sezz the key to your great accuracy lies right there. You don't mention how much effort is needed to start that combo, but I bet it's "tightish." Easy loading and accuracy don't go together all that well, especially if your rifling is shallow. If it's not pushing into the realm of needing a mallet to start the ball, you might be able to shrink groups even further with a slightly thicker patch.

Well done.
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PostSubject: Re: Stiff load with a 1:48 twist   June 4th 2017, 10:00 am

Its pretty tight at the muzzle and I have to give the short starter a wood wack. Once it goes in, its a nice firm push down to the powder. I don't think I could get a thicker patch in but you never know!
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PostSubject: Re: Stiff load with a 1:48 twist   June 4th 2017, 10:56 am

Sounds perfect to me. I know guys who use loads so tight they have to use a mallet to start them....  All for another half inch of accuracy. Might be fine for the range, but it's sure not something I want in the field.
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