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Recommended Charge for .54 Maxi Balls ?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Zerstoerer, Jul 24, 2006.

  1. Zerstoerer

    Zerstoerer Well-Known Member

    Any opinions, experiences on what Powder Charge to use for shooting the T/C Maxi Balls in .54 Cal?

    Have been using 100 gr. of FFg for the patched round balls.
    Using a Lyman Deerstalker and preparing for Elk hunt.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. MutinousDoug

    MutinousDoug Well-Known Member

    I used a 410gr Lyman Maxiball at 120 gr FF in my TC Renegade. Painful to shoot from a bench and not as accurate as 100 gr BP but nearly so. I think the .54 TC maxis are 430 grs? Took a nice 6 point bull years ago with the 410gr. I'd shoot your gun the same, but I shoot a .50 cal underhammer these days so I don't have to lug all that iron around. I spite of all my efforts, I've never shot an elk at more than 60 yds (that 6 pointer). The season is like summer, the bulls are stupid and the bullet drop (zero change) between 100 and 200 yds with a maxi is about 24". Oh, and a maxi with that load will shoot through a small mule deer end to end at 20 yds.
  3. Zerstoerer

    Zerstoerer Well-Known Member

    Thanks MutinousDoug,

    I thought 50 yards or so would be a realistic maximum distance.
    Hope the Elk will cooperate.

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