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PostSubject: New to muzzloading   July 18th 2014, 5:49 pm

Have bought used traditions deerhunter 50 caliber percussion. Have hodgdon pyrodex RS propellent,
TC Maxi hunter 275 grain lubed bullets. What do I need to do to shoot this weapon now, like is my powder ok,
What do I need to do to the inside of barrel to make sure bullet goes all the way down. Don't want it getting stuck.
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PostSubject: Re: New to muzzloading   July 18th 2014, 6:30 pm

Howdy Mike, Good to have you with us!

You're doing good on the powder, I used to shoot a lot of that before the local store started to stock Goex. Now that's all I shoot in my sidelocks. Bullets look ok as well, but with any rifle, trying other bullets for the best accuracy is always on the To Do List. I'd suggest starting at 70 grains volume and work your way up to 90-100 until accuracy either falls off or improves.

Adjustable Powder Measure( 50-100 or 50-120 will do)
Capper
Nipple removing tool
Short starter
Cleaning rod (Factory ramrod isn't that great for this)
Cleaning Jag
Ball Puller
Old tooth brush ( Cleans the nipple & external surfaces including the lock)

Use this site for its pictures of the products just to give you a better idea on what to look for at the local stores.
https://traditionsfirearms.com/category/Loading-Shooting-Tools

https://traditionsfirearms.com/category/Ball-Starters-Cappers-and-Flasks

This is a little How to I put together many years ago, its a little dated but I do plan on updating that one day with a video.
https://www.frontiermuzzleloading.com/t358-cleaning-must-have

I hope this has helped out so far. I know this can be really over the top when you get your First and you haven't a clue where the heck to start  Laughing 

You can watch me load and shoot my sidelock with patched round balls, Just to give you an idea of on some things to pay attention to while loading & shooting.
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PostSubject: Re: New to muzzloading   July 18th 2014, 6:42 pm

thanks for the info but one last question what do I have to do to make sure bullet goes all the way down barrel don't want it getting stuck or does the stuff around the bullets take care of that?
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PostSubject: Re: New to muzzloading   July 18th 2014, 7:01 pm

On a clean bore, use a piece of masking tape, load powder, conical and seat the bullet. Once its seated used that piece of tape and place it flush with the muzzle and then wrap it around the ramrod.

You can also clean between shots with a damp patch with windex on it. Run a couple dry patches and load up.

Heres a series of 4 videos that break the process down into smaller sections, Including marking your ramrod.
https://www.frontiermuzzleloading.com/t5777-a-day-on-the-range
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PostSubject: Re: New to muzzloading   July 18th 2014, 9:36 pm

WELCOME ABOARD Mike Exclamation  Exclamation Glad you stopped by. I know you'll enjoy your stay. :rtup 


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PostSubject: Re: New to muzzloading   July 18th 2014, 11:29 pm

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PostSubject: Re: New to muzzloading   July 19th 2014, 8:06 am

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Ball Puller

Personally, I would skip the ball puller. It usually results in failure trying to pull a "dry ball" and sometimes messes things up so you have to wind up removing the breach plug. If you forget (when you forget) to put powder in first, it is easier and quicker to remove the nipple, dribble powder into the hole, replace the nipple and cap and fire. This will almost always blow the bullet out.

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PostSubject: Re: New to muzzloading   July 19th 2014, 8:22 am

Maxi hunters are going to leave some leading in the bore. Get a bristle brush, and some solvent for removing lead. Whatever you do....don't use a bronze brush. It will get stuck in the bore, and then you're in trouble.

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PostSubject: Re: New to muzzloading   July 19th 2014, 9:45 am

If you get a bronze brush stuck in the barrel just twist the ramrod to spin the brush while pulling it back up and the brush will be loose again.
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PostSubject: Re: New to muzzloading   July 19th 2014, 10:31 am

Not always.

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PostSubject: Re: New to muzzloading   July 19th 2014, 12:58 pm

Pete I use a .45 brush in my .54's and have not have a brush stuck in the bore.......
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PostSubject: Re: New to muzzloading   July 19th 2014, 2:21 pm

It depends on whether the rifling is a right-hand or left-hand twist. You could just detach the brush from the rod and then you're in serious doo-doo. headslap

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PostSubject: Re: New to muzzloading   July 19th 2014, 4:13 pm

No need to make a simple task complicated. Just get a bore size bristle brush, and you'll have no problems.

Some solvents that are designed to remove copper will eat up a metal brush. That won't happen with a bristle brush.

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PostSubject: Re: New to muzzloading   July 19th 2014, 11:08 pm

Never thought about the solvents eating the brush as I never use have to remove copper fouling from my guns  Embarassed
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PostSubject: Re: New to muzzloading   July 20th 2014, 9:41 am

The first thing you notice is the brush starts to fit looser and looser. It's getting eaten away slowly.  Very Happy 

I use Eliminator solvent for lead and copper removal. It destroys bronze brushes. I buy it from my gunsmith, and he told me to use  a bristle brush, or i'd be buying a lot of bronze brushes.

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PostSubject: Re: New to muzzloading   July 20th 2014, 11:28 am

I'll have a look and see if I can find bristle brushes here , never looked for them before.
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