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 Made some smoke with my T/C Omega

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PostSubject: Made some smoke with my T/C Omega    May 31st 2016, 10:34 am

Decided to sight in the T/C Omega this weekend.  Nice muzzleloader, shoots good, however, loading and removing the primer is a little "putsey" (how do you spell that word?), and you need to remove the barrel from the stock to remove the breech plug for cleaning.  It's definitely old school, which for me is just fine. 

I started out using my Bull's Bag for a rest, almost knocked my hat off with the heavy recoil even with a Limbsaver recoil pad.  The load was 75 grains Blackhorn 209 (by weight), 260 grain PT gold, with a black crushed sabot.  After a few rounds I switched back to my Lead sled DFT and shot the rest of my loads in comfort.  I know I'm a wimp!  Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Made some smoke with my T/C Omega    May 31st 2016, 3:59 pm

That's equivalent to a 107 gr. by volume charge (107 x 0.7 = 74.9). I don't even try those kinds of loads.

The most powerful load I shoot is 60 gr. of BH209 by weight. That's equivalent to 86 gr. by volume.

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PostSubject: Re: Made some smoke with my T/C Omega    May 31st 2016, 4:23 pm

I'm going to put together some different loads and see if it makes any difference.  For range shooting, especially when you are just having fun I can get by with less "boom" for sure.

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PostSubject: Re: Made some smoke with my T/C Omega    May 31st 2016, 8:44 pm

Hilljack said something to me at the range that stuck with me. 

We were discussing loads for range shooting and loads for hunting. 
I was of the opinion that a hotter load (90 grain Goex 3F) was good 
for hunting, but for the range, I could use 50-60. (I even played 
with 40)

I have heard a lot of people speak like this. "I need more power to 
make certain the game is put down."

Hilljack pointed out the obvious truth: place a shot well and it does 
not need to be a cannon. And, practicing with one load and hunting 
with another lessens your consistency. 

I have begun shooting with consistent loads. My hunting load IS my 
range load now. I like the change.

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PostSubject: Re: Made some smoke with my T/C Omega    June 1st 2016, 6:36 am

I like that philosophy Colonel.  I've always used my hunting load for range shooting fun so I know what my rifle is doing.  However, for this T/C Omega I'm going to try some lighter loads to see if I can still be accurate.  This Omega, which is definitely heavier than the CVA MR and has a Limbsaver recoil pad sure packs a hefty recoil........or maybe I'm getting older???? Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Made some smoke with my T/C Omega    June 2nd 2016, 9:48 pm

The TC Omega is IMHO the best in-line muzzle loader made by Thompson.  I'm sorry they stopped making it.
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PostSubject: Re: Made some smoke with my T/C Omega    June 2nd 2016, 9:55 pm

My load 100 grains T7, under a 240 grain bullet.  Either the all lead hollow point TC Cheap shot, or the Hornady 240gr XTP JHP bullet.  Both use the TC Mag Express (black) sabot, and both have the same POI, so I can use the Cheap Shots for practice or for hunting.
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PostSubject: Re: Made some smoke with my T/C Omega    June 3rd 2016, 10:07 pm

I shoot 110gr. by volume BH 209 in my .45 cal. Omega with the 200 gr. Shockwave, recoil is not bad at all.
 After years of shooting 2 3/4 and 3 in. magnum 12 ga slugs, muzzleloader loads are a piece of cake..they push you more then kick you even BH 209.
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PostSubject: Re: Made some smoke with my T/C Omega    June 4th 2016, 3:53 pm

Best of both worlds. It's always a nice feeling when you've found both a low and high powder charge that group in a smoker.  That's the best way to really get to know your rifle's trajectory.
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PostSubject: Re: Made some smoke with my T/C Omega    June 5th 2016, 6:22 am

Here's my new set-up for the range.  I picked up a Protektor buttstock rest and made a platform for the  bulls bag.  It should be rock solid.  I'm going to put some leveling foot pads on the platform to allow for some vertical adjustment if I need it.  Hopefully I'll be able to post some target pics to show how it works.

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PostSubject: Re: Made some smoke with my T/C Omega    June 5th 2016, 6:43 am

Nice range setup 'Joe!
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PostSubject: Re: Made some smoke with my T/C Omega    June 5th 2016, 6:48 am

Thanks Marty!!

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PostSubject: Re: Made some smoke with my T/C Omega    June 5th 2016, 8:51 am

very nice set up..
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