Range Report Toolslingers .54


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toolslinger
May 12, 2012, 08:56 PM
So here is my first muzzleloader in about 20 years and my first rifle shots in about 4.
Rifle is a slightly customized Cabelas Hawken
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh50/sotoolslinger/slinger/IMG_4156.jpg
Since I was just getting used to her and the new Lyman 57 I installed these are pretty close shots.
1st 3 rounds: 60 grains FFG, .10 moosemilk prelubed patch , Hornady .530 roundball, swabbed between each shot with Windex Vinegar
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh50/sotoolslinger/slinger/IMG_4159.jpg
Oh yeah this was only 50 feet:o
I eventually moved to 25 yards:scrutiny:
This is the last six rounds ( 5 hours later?)
Same powder charge ,storebought, prelubed, precut patches ,both .530 and .535 ball
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh50/sotoolslinger/slinger/IMG_4161.jpg

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J-Bar
May 13, 2012, 04:41 PM
Looks like you have a keeper!

It would be interesting to see how your group size might vary with a bit more powder. I have a hunch your groups would tighten a bit when you get up around 80 to 90 grains. 60 grains may not be enough to let your rifle show it's true capabilities.

toolslinger
May 14, 2012, 09:10 AM
Oh yeah I will definitely be testing different powder charges. This was basically to familiarize myself with the rifle and see what ball patch combos it seemed to like. I also wanted to begin breaking her in as I have heard that it sometimes takes several hundred rounds to wear all the burrs and machining marks off the rifling.
I also determined that the CCI #11 magnums that I have fit really tight and require seating with a stick to prevent misfires.
I also found that I looooooove my Lyman 57 peep sight(knew I would) :) I will definitely be getting some different apertures for it.

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