As I had said in my before posts about the gun, he had told me that he used round ball and 120 grains of pyrodex, and had tack driving accuracy at 70 yards. I went the other day and bought some 145 gr. aerotip powerbelts, and took them home and let me tell you, it was awful. I had tried from 90-120 gr. of pyrodex, and I couldnt get a pattern for anything. the best I had was at 100 yards and 120 grains of pyrodex, and not one touched the bullseye. One shot high and right, the next shot low and left, and the next shot 3 inches below the bullseye. I gave up on them, so I am gonna try some round balls today and see if they work. I was talking to my father in law and he agrees with the round balls. He told he thats all he uses in his, thats all he has ever used since he was young. He told me too, that if it is a tackdriver at 70 yards that is excellent, since we usually dont have to make shots past 50 yards where we hunt. He still likes to give me cain for buying an inline, since he uses only his 25 year old CVA .45 sidelock with 90 gr. of powder and round ball. I had a 270 grain sabot laying around so I tried it the other day, and it was very close, I may just wait and get some sabots if they work good. I put it in my gun on top of 100 gr. of pyrodex and it clipped the left side of the bullseye.
If the round balls dont work I am going to try sabots, and if they don't work I got to do some thinking. Maybe too much powder on a lighter gr. bullet, maybe get a little heavier one. I had a buddy of mine who uses 295 grain powerbelts, and he agrees. He said sure the 245 grain is fine if you plan on making 100 yard plus shots, but if you want accuracy within 100 yards, use th 295 with 100 gr. of powder and see what happens, and if it can shoot magun loads, try in to get more knockdown power, and a cleaner kill.
Back to the roundballs at hand though, my father in laws muzzleloader is a 1:48 twist, and he said that he has his sighted in for 70 yards, thats all he needs, and he said for hunting behind the house, thats really all we need. Mine is a 1:32 twist amd he said it should still work for 70 yards, but don't plan on making easy shots beyond that with that twist. Like I said though, I am trying different projectiles and loads, I just want to know what the gun can shoot accuratly and with what powder load works best,
Another thing too, Christmas is coming soon, do you have your wish list of things you would love to have? For me, my gun uses the #11 cap, which is fine, but I sometimes jerk when hearing the cap fire, but I have gotten better. My wish is for a 209 primer conversion kit. I have shot one, and before you even hear the primer snap the bullet is where it was aimed.