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.50 Cal Loads

Can anyone recoment good loads for .50 cal roundball and maxiball...

Currently I'm shooting 180 gr. round balls using 60 gr. of blackpowder. The're pretty accurate but are a bit low. Should I increase my BP load since I cannot adjust my rifle sights for elevation?

Also, should I used the same loads for maxiballs? I shoot a CVA Hawken style rifle with a 26" barrel

Thanks!!!!!!!

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Re: .50 Cal Loads

I guess first question I would ask is why can't you adjust for elevation?
I have owned BP rifles before that you had to physically bend the front sight tang to adjust for windage but I have never seen one that the elevation could not be adjusted.
Would you be able or willing to replace sights with one that is adjustable?

Increasing your powder could give you some elevation by increasing velocity but you may sacrifice consistency. Start with very small powder increases and see what happens.
Might also try a different patch.

60gr is small for Maxi Balls. What gr Maxi Ball you plan on shooting?
I use 85gr Pyrodex to push a 350gr Maxi Ball out of my Rem 700ML and that works for this particular Gun. You will just have to experiment with yours but 75-80gr would be a good starting point.

Others on here will offer their advice also so you will have plenty to go on really soon.
Good Luck and keep us posted.

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Re: .50 Cal Loads

Thank you for your reply. I will start experimenting with small increases of BP and let you know what happens.

As for the elevation, I guess I could file down the front sight a bit but we'll see what happens with the powder increase. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: .50 Cal Loads

Hello from Germany!

I use the same load both for conicals and RB in my .50 Traditions Woodsman Hawken with stainless barrel, always 90 grs. It works well out to 75m and I have harvested several roedeers with both bullet types.

I recommend some adjustable fieber sights for your rifle like AimRight from RightNour & Co.

Regards

Kirrmeister

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Re: .50 Cal Loads

Some of the older Hawken replica rifles have a fixed rear site that can't really be adjusted. Increasing the power charge should lift impact. 60 grains seems light, also are you using real black powder? This tends to have a slower burn rate than the substitute. So just switching to substitute (pyrodex, 777, goex) may lift your impact.

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