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Location: Bavaria, Germany
Joined: 10/06/2007
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New Inline ML, need some advice!

Hello from Germany!

Being a hunter for over 12 years I started last year with ML hunting here in Germany, mostly at roes and redfox. For this I used traditional ML rifles like Lyman GPR and Ardesa deerhunter. Since last week I have a CVA 209 buckhorn Inline ML cal .50. Can you guys give me advice for an optimal load of bp and which bullets work best?

Regards

Kirrmeister

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Location: Summit, IL
Joined: 10/22/2006
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New Inline ML, need some advice!

First off welcome to BGH Kirrmeister,

The optimum load I have found in my 2 different in lines were 3 pellets of the Triple 7 with the 250 grain TC shockwave sabot bullets. The shockwaves are made by Hornady and perform outstandingly on game. I Also tried the Loose powder 777 at 130 grains (777 is a little hotter so reduce load) and it worked great as well. Also took it down to 100gr with good results. Most of the places I hunt can have 150 yard shots so I try to keep a magnum load setup for the greater ranges. If you feel you wont shoot more than 100 yards then start with 85gr loose 777 or 2 pellets 777. If you cant use saboted bullets where you are at then I would suggest the powerbelts. I used to use them and really had no complaints other than an occational "blowup" at close range but that was very rare. I have also seen a few others comment on the same problem with them. In the several deer and 2 elk I have taken with the shockwaves I have yet to have a problem. Massive wound channel and and full pass-through on all animals taken so far. Not to meantion they all went no farther than 20 yards if ANY. They also group the best with my loading setup. Thats the major thing you will have to do. All weapons are different. Even if the barrels came off of the same turning lathe they could possibly like a different load. Experimentation is part of the fun. Thumbs up For example, I have a matched pair of Rem 700 ADL's in 30.06, one LOVES the Winchester CXP's in 150 grain while the other one wont hold 3 inch groups with the same exact loads. Every barrel is different with different harmonics and such. Just try a few combo's out till you find the one that groups the best and then your set. Good luck Thumbs up

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Location: Southern NH
Joined: 09/13/2006
Posts: 380
powerbelts

I don't want to start another powerbelt debate but feel I should pass on thing along. On my gun, a Remington 700 MLS, the powerbelt projectile fits very loosely in the barrel. If I load them and the projectile comes loose from the plastic gas check at the base, the bullet can fall right out of the gun without the shooters knowledge. Or it could end up halfway down the barrel. Check for a good fit in the barrel before using them in the field. All guns are different as stated above. At the range they seem to shoot and group OK but I would not carry them in the field for my first shot. That being said, I have been using Hornady Great Plains conicals at 385 g and they fit pretty good in the barrel. I feel better about carrying them in the field. Good luck!

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Location: Bavaria, Germany
Joined: 10/06/2007
Posts: 274
New Inline ML, need some advice!

Here in Germany it is very difficult to get any sabbots or such kind of bullets, because inline ML and Ml in gene´ral are not used much. I have a packet of these Hornady Great Plains bullets and I think i'll make my first steps with them and real bp.
If anybody could send me a package of them it will be very nice. I certainly will pay for them before sending.
Thanks for the advice!

Regards

Kirrmeister

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Location: Summit, IL
Joined: 10/22/2006
Posts: 706
New Inline ML, need some advice!

here is a site for bullet comparison. Has pretty much everything you could want on it. I copied the addy to direct you to sabots but you can link to any of them.

Good luck

http://www.nextag.com/muzzleloader-sabots/search-html

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