I'm really confused about what the maximum load is for my new Cabela's Sporterized Hawken, .54 cal. percussion. A booklet that Cabela sent with the gun says 90 gr. FFg maximum, or 72 gr. Pyrodex, using 425 gr. conicals. But the Lyman booklet for a nearly identical 54 cal., made by the same Italian company, says the maximum is 110 gr. FFg, with Pyrodex having the same 110 maximum! To make things worse, Hodgdon, which makes Pyrodex, says the maximum for 425 gr. conicals in .54 caliber smokepoles is 120 grains. This is not very helpful!:rotest1 ,)
It's not that I'm interested in using the absolute maximum load possible, but it would be nice to know if, say, 100 grains is a moderate load or an excessive load - ya know? I'm hunting elk in September, and I could all the umph I can get, while not overdoing it.
So can anybody weigh in on how to figure out what a reasonable maximum would be for my gun? Thanks