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PostSubject: Minimum charge of powder    December 29th 2015, 8:29 pm

Hey guys, need some input. I have an individual who is interested in shooting a traditional ML. Problem is the young girl is 5'6" and weighs 98 lbs. Very recoil sensitive. What is the lightest load I can put in my 50 cal Hawken and let her shoot a PRB. The distance of the shot is not important, reducing the recoil is. 

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PostSubject: Re: Minimum charge of powder    December 29th 2015, 8:33 pm

The lowest I have ever shot is 50 grains. 
I did not use my Hawken. I used my long rifle. 
I had no problem. I use 60 grains in the Hawken 
all the time for target.

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PostSubject: Re: Minimum charge of powder    December 29th 2015, 8:33 pm

For just plinking? Almost anything. 20gr would fire, and have more speed than you can imagine.

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PostSubject: Re: Minimum charge of powder    December 29th 2015, 9:15 pm

Thanks for the response.

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PostSubject: Re: Minimum charge of powder    December 29th 2015, 9:39 pm

Just to give you an example. I only dry balled a gun once. So, I removed the nipple, and got a little bit of powder in there. It couldn't have been much. Maybe 5gr-10gr at the most. More like 5gr.

I shot it at the back board at 25 yds, and was shocked at how hard to ball smacked it. I was expecting the PRB to just plop out of the gun.

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PostSubject: Re: Minimum charge of powder    December 29th 2015, 10:05 pm

Yeah for plinking, 50 grains even is great to start off with. Just make sure she knows where to hold it on her arm rather than in her shoulder like you do with a modern centerfire/shotgun.
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PostSubject: Re: Minimum charge of powder    December 30th 2015, 6:59 am

My granddaughter killed her deer with 45 gr. of 3F in a .50 cal.
I had tried 40 gr. of 2F but it was not accurate at all.

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PostSubject: Re: Minimum charge of powder    December 30th 2015, 1:37 pm

I second what Muley said. 20 grains is fine.
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PostSubject: Re: Minimum charge of powder    December 30th 2015, 9:53 pm

I get good accuracy at 50 yards with my Traditions 50cal "Hawken", using 40 grains of Triple 7.  No felt recoil at all.
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PostSubject: Re: Minimum charge of powder    December 31st 2015, 1:40 pm

40 grains Goex FFF and 177 gr ball will harvest at 50 yards, with a nice snug patch/ball. Recoil is next-to-very little.
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PostSubject: Re: Minimum charge of powder    December 31st 2015, 1:42 pm

I don't read anything about asking for a hunting load. Is that what you're asking for Jerry?

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PostSubject: Re: Minimum charge of powder    December 31st 2015, 2:55 pm

Just really for plinking,maybe hunting later. Thanks, Jerry

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