T/C Encore .45 cal Muzzleloader load data??

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Encoreman, Nov 4, 2019.

  1. Encoreman

    Encoreman Member

    Jul 24, 2006
    on the edge, Tn.
    Hi all, I just got a .45 cal Encore BP and I can find all the .50 cal data I could ask for. Anybody have a .45 Encore and like to share some data using Pyrodex RS? Probably going to shoot .225 grain powerbelts. Thanks Mac
  2. skeeterfogger

    skeeterfogger Member

    Jan 5, 2019
    IMO change to Pyrodex P. My experience with RS was periodic hesitation ignition. I switched to P and it stopped. I would start at 60-70 gns and work up 5gns at a time to 90 and see where you get the best performance. It is possible to push it to the point you start losing spin. Too much pressure can cause the belt to skip over the riflings. To low and it won't expand into the riflings. Also use a centering jag when you ram. Any angle when seated can throw it off. If you scope it I suggest a scope specifically a shot gun slug capable. IMO
    Loyalist Dave likes this.
  3. Loyalist Dave

    Loyalist Dave Member

    May 5, 2006
    People's Republic of Maryland
    ^^^^Good Answer!^^^^

  4. woodnbow
    • Contributing Member

    woodnbow Contributing Member

    Feb 19, 2007
    I’ve no load data for that rifle but I did own an XR 45 some time ago. It was warranted safe up to 150 grains of Black Powder (or the substitutes). I shot longish .451 sized bullets intended for the Rigby target rifle and it was very accurate with the mid range charges 70 to 100 grains of 2 and 3f Swiss. That’s a relatively light rifle and recoil was notable above 80 grains or so. If it were me, I’d start at 70 grains volume of the RS and stop around 90 grains volume and my chosen projectile. Then I’d try the same with Pyrodex P. Once you find a promising load you can experiment with overpowder wads, different sizes of bullets, etc.

    . Powerbelts have never impressed me from any rifle, properly lubed lead bullets work better IMO. PM me and I’ll send you a few No Excuses 285 grain flat nose bullets sized .451 they should work well from your rifle.
    arcticap likes this.
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