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rgbwmb's picture
Joined: 02/19/2011
Posts: 26
Blackhorn 209 testing

Well, after reading about Blackhorn 209, I can report that I fired 20 rounds with no cleaning of the bore or breech plug in my Traditions Vortek. I used the BH volume cylinders with 110 grains of powder, CCI 209 magnum primers and Traditions Smackdown 250gr sabots. The only issue I had was with shot # 19, which was a delay fire. The primer was also blackened so I suspect the primer and fired shot # 20 with no problem. Good performance from the BH and the Vortek. I will definately be using BH 209 with CCI magnum primers and probably hornady sst sabots. Not a lot of smoke either, although not as clean as smokless. A little pricey though but worth the money in my opinion. I also had no problem finger screwing the breech plug out.

FrontierGander's picture
Location: Boncarbo,CO
Joined: 12/01/2008
Posts: 87
de-carbon the flash channel

de-carbon the flash channel with an 1/8" drill bit and then order some of these O rings and put one in the primer pocket. You will need a tiny bit more force closing the action. Zero blow by! http://gandersmuzzleloadingblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/traditions-vortekul...

JodyStomper's picture
Joined: 04/25/2011
Posts: 10
Permanent Convert to Blackhorn

Consider this:  A pound = 7,000 grains by WEIGHT.  A 110 grain by Volume charge of Pyrodex RS weighs 79.75 grains by WEIGHT.  A 110 grain by Volume charge of Triple Seven weighs 75.9 grains by WEIGHT.  A 110 grain by Volume charge of Blackhorn 209 weighs 77 grains by WEIGHT.  (Now, using Gander Mountain prices, without adding tax:)  Therefore a one pound can of Pyrodex will yield approximately 88 shots per $20 can, or $0.23 per shot.  A pound of Triple Seven at $25 will yield approximately 92 shots, or $0.27 per shot.  And a $35, 10-ounce (10/16 or 5/8 pound, or 4375 grains by WEIGHT) can of Blackhorn 209 yields 56 shots at $0.61 per shot.  So the issue of price per shot is settled, and the merits of choosing Blackhorn 209 must lie in other metrics besides raw cost per shot. 


For me, those metrics are:  Ability to measure by weight (pet load is 75.5 grains by weight, or 108 grains by volume) which allows much greater consistency in charge mass than can be accomplished with a cylinder measure and naked eyes; non-hygroscopicity (it doesn't draw moisture & lose potency after opening, important to me in a humid area); cleanup uses the same powder solvents I use in my smokeless cartridge guns, meaning I don't have to use WATER on my rifle; ability to very nearly duplicate the point of impact of a first-shot-from-clean-barrel at 100 yards with the next shot, without cleaning; no rotten egg smell left on everything I touch (my wife likes that one); no crud ring as from some pellets; and, of course, consistently achieving results like this 5-1/2" Orange Peel target with 3 shots at 100 yards out of a resurrected H&R Sidekick with an aftermarket breech plug.  110 grains of Blackhorn 209, Hornady .430" 240-grain XTP bullet in Harvester Crush Rib green sabot, sparked by CCI 209M primers.  The really neat thing about this load is that with the power ring on my Leupold UltimateSlam 3-9x40mm set at the "3 Pellet" (roughly 8.5x) mark, the holdover stadia on the bottom of the vertical crosshair intersect perfectly with point-of-impact at all stadia range points out to 250 yards, on a level range and with a 100 yard zero. 


So maybe I spend more on powder, per-shot, but along with a $35 improved breech plug, Blackhorn 209 converted a $200 rifle that was otherwise destined for duty as a tomato stake into a priceless tack driver.  This picture shows a 3-shot, 0.377" (center to center) group at 100 yards, and now my other muzzleloader, 2 shotgun slug barrels, and even my Ruger #1 in .45-70 are up for sale. 

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