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T\C .56 renegade smoothbore question

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by mcwt247, Oct 16, 2003.

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  1. mcwt247

    mcwt247 Member

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    Have a chance yo buy one off my friend and have looked for information on this gun and have found little. Does this gun have a purpose or is it just a wall hanger? I have a T\C greyhawk in .54 and am very pleased with it, but know little of the smoothbore. Was it designed for patched ballm or shot? Any input would be great. Thanks
     
  2. RON in PA

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    Could be wrong but I believe this smoothbore was designed for hunting in Mass. where rifles are verboten.

    I'd shoot it with a patched round ball for close in deer hunting, you will be suprised what a pathed round ball will do at 50 yards. If the proper wads are available it will do fine as a shotgun. It's a modern version of the "Trade Gun".
     
  3. smokemaker

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    You may run into problems finding balls for it but it will shoot as good or a little better than a smoothbore shotgun to 50 yards. I wouldn't try a shot beyond 75 yards though. A patch on the ball definitely helps accuracy, but if full caliber balls are found you can try those too. If it's in good shape, go ahead and buy it... and if you don't like it, I'll buy it from you:evil: There's not a whole lotta these guns floating around.
     
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    While looking over the used muzzleloaders at a gun shop one day a few years ago I found 7 of these guns. They were in varying stages of decay and all were priced at $170. ea.. Having been curious about them for awile I bought one that was shiney inside and out. The precast .555" balls were a tight fit even with an .010 patch and they burned through as well so I tried double patching a .530" or .535" ball, I don't remember which. This loaded much easier and the accuracy was about the same, around 2 1/2" - 3" at 50 yds.. I never tried it as a shotgun but I do believe that 28 ga. wads would be a close fit. Hope this helps.
     
  5. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

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    With practice, you can get reasonable accuracy up to 75 yards with a patched round ball. Gotta practice at it though. Lawrence Babits (sp) says he got a 5-6" group with unpatched undersized balls in his Bess. And he was under timed fire too.
     
  6. Tommy Gunn

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    There are several manufacturers of ball moulds, so ammo will not be a problem if you cast your own.
     
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