I have a tradition's timber ridge inline 54 cal.... and it has the #11 cap.... which works okay.... but is there any real advantage to paying the 28.00 for a new bolt and breech plug assembly for the 209 primer....?
I don't think so. If ignition is o.k. then no use to change. Yes the 209er are hotter as the #11 caps, but that counts not really in inliners because the falme hits the charge inline and directly. What powder do you use?
#11's will do you fine. I had a traditions evolution and i did a little test with it between the 209 and #11, both are dirty as hell but the #11 out shot the 209's with the first 2 shots, #3 shot with #11 caps seemed to build up more fouling at the muzzle and made loading a harder. No big deal as i was in the seach for the best accuracy.
I'm shooting pyrodex rs....... the 11 cap shoots okay...... but they are hard to get off the nipple when unloading...... there must be something better than needle nose pliers..... I was thinking that the 209 would be easier to get off the nipple. But your saying that there is a differance in accuracy.......?
I have the same rifle with in a 50 cal. I like the 209's a lot better. I have had a few delayed ignitions in a clean rifle with #11's. I've also had the #11's fall of a few times if you walk around with the bolt open at all. The 209's come with a spring that keeps them in and I think they are easier to get out afer being fired. JMO.
Consider getting a VariFlame Primer Adaptor. This is an exact duplicate of the 209 primer, but uses small riffle primers for ignition. Studies have shown that 209 primers are more powerful than necessary and affect grouping. These can be re-primed over and over. You can also experiment with different primers to achieve best groups. I've read numerous reviews and they all love them.
Having said all that...I however haven't been able to shoot the first one. My hammer on my CVA Kodiak is too weak to ignite these. Never had an issue igniting the 209 primers. I seem to be the only one having these problems so I will be doing a hammer spring adjustment soon.
As I sit and glass, which is common for hunters out west, I have sort of quickly discovered something I never learned when I was younger.
In my youth I had enthusiasm and spirit. In my middle to advancing years I have creaky knees, arthritis, and I tire more easily than I used to. Where I used to sit on the cold hard ground I now look for that soft spot to sooth my tired muscles. That leads me to my tip.
Carry your soft spot with you!
In my pack I carry an air filled, ultralight, camping pad....