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PostSubject: Shot my first underhammer!   Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:12 pm

What a blast! I felt I was cheating with 4x scope, but it was a lot of fun to the point I was actually shaky.

.45cal ( custom fit 45-70 barrel ) Underhammer
30.5"L1 1/8"W barrel
1:22 twist
.440" round balls with .020" patch ( spit lube patch )

I first took it to 25 to zero in the scope, then backed out to 50 yards after I wiped the bore clean in the house and loaded up an assortment of powder charges.

At 50 yards, I first used 50 grains 3fg Goex and took my first 3 shots ( top right ) then I adjusted the scope down and center, took 3 more shots.


Next, for the fun of it, I loaded up a hunting charge of 70gr 3fg goex! The recovered patches were still in perfect shape as well. I kept them within 1 1/2" group with that big charge. Not bad at all! I was shaky, so I think that group will improve the next time I get set up on something a little more sturdy to offset my shakes.


I think I will hold on to her a little longer, play with her, refinish the barrel and stock and then maybe trade or sell her off down the road. A beautiful shooting underhammer indeed! I will however put a higher power scope on it! I have a nice Konus Pro 3-10x44 with super fine cross hairs that I think will do the job nicely.

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PostSubject: Re: Shot my first underhammer!   Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:29 pm

I'm surprised that it shoots that well with 70 gr. 
Why don't you try some maxi balls or REALs in it and see how it does?

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PostSubject: Re: Shot my first underhammer!   Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:50 pm

I actually may try some sabots. I will see what I have and get some .45cal sabots to go. I know I have some 160 and 185gr thor sabots.
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PostSubject: Re: Shot my first underhammer!   Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:11 pm

@FrontierGander wrote:
I actually may try some sabots. I will see what I have and get some .45cal sabots to go. I know I  have some 160 and 185gr thor sabots.
These guns shouldn't be taken lightly.

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PostSubject: Re: Shot my first underhammer!   Tue Dec 26, 2017 9:36 am

GROAN!!affraidSad
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PostSubject: Re: Shot my first underhammer!   Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:08 pm

Hey Frontier....Nice piece wish I could figure to post a couple of pictures I could show you one of three Mule ears I have built...They are a hoot also....44In A weight Green Mountain...36  Cal...

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PostSubject: Re: Shot my first underhammer!   Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:46 am

I had a .36 caliber Poor Boy that was a killing machine, loaded with 55 grains of Goex 3F it sounded like a 22 Hornet with that loud crack. Really a fun little muzzleloader that the grandson now shoots and won't trade me for another gun...... Mad

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PostSubject: Re: Shot my first underhammer!   Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:32 pm

I had a .36 cal Hopkins/Allen Underhammer that was a squirrel killing machine with 40 gr of Goex 3f, tried to get it back from my friend after I traded it to him for a custom longbow with the agreement that Id have 1st dibs on gun if he got rid of it.. Well when I ask about getting it back he had sold it w/o asking me.
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