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TC Scout Pistol Loads?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Bluehawk, Dec 11, 2012.

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  1. Bluehawk

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    I recently picked up a TC Scout in .45 caliber but there aren't any loads listed for that caliber in the included owners manual...anyone know what the recommended loads are? This pistol is a beast!!!! :what:
     
  2. 44 Dave

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    I have one that I shoot with the same measure I use for my bp revolvers, 30 grs.and patched 200gr .429 cast for my 44-40.
    This seems to be a starting point, would use a round ball but would have to buy something.
     
  3. Bluehawk

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    Hi Dave
    The bullet you're using seems small for .45 caliber. Wouldn't it use a .440 ball with a .010 patch or a conical around .452-.457 or so?
     
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    Yes .440 is what should be used but these RNFP 200gr. fit tight with .015 patch. There is a lot of contact with the rifling, couldn't push a much bigger chunk of lead in it. I just use these in my 'cause wanted to shoot it and didn't have to go buy anything.
     
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    I had a Traditions .45 Buckhunter Pro pistol with a similar inline design and an #11 nipple and the maximum recommended load was 70 grains.
    However, the most accurate and practical loads would probably be in the range of 25 - 50 grains of powder.
     
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    45 cal Scout data

    http://www.tcarms.com/assets/manuals/noncurrent/Scout_Rifle_and_Pistol_Manual.pdf

    Download and own! 45 cal Scout (I didn't know they made one - put me on your list of wanna be buyers? Thanks!!!) manual.

    Anyway, 45 cal Scout shows recommended loads of 50 to 100 gr by volume behind a patched round ball, with 70 gr being optimal. See page 54 of the downloadable manual.

    And I'm dead serious about wanting to buy your pistol!!

    Keep yer powder dry!

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    TC lists loads for the .45 Scout pistol that are stout enough for a .45 rifle.
    No doubt that it's strong enough.
    But TC lists 70 grains for accuracy and best performance with a round ball, 90 grains with Maxiballs [255 grs.] and Maxihunters [240 grs.] and 80 grains with Maxiballs and Maxihunters that weigh 320 grs..
    That info. can be found on pages 54 and 55 of the manual.
    Might want to wear some padded shooting gloves for holding on tight when firing those heavy hunting type of loads. :)
     
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  8. Bluehawk

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    Thanks for the info gentlemen. Those .45 loads are heavy! I never used more than 50 grains of FFg in my CVA Kentucky rifle and that load knocked down full-sized rams at 100 yards!
    (didn't slam them to the ground with patched .440 ball but did knock them down every time)
    I too had never seen the Scout in .45 caliber before which is why I snatched it up and it was at a good price. The seller said it was used but if it was I couldn't tell...it's clean as a whistle with no signs at all of ever being fired!
     
  9. Patocazador

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    50 grains is rather anemic for a rifle. It would be rather stout for a pistol though. I think that 70-80 gr. of BP is the right starting load for rifles and 30-35 gr. of BP is about right for cap & ball revolvers. Single-shot modern percussion handguns can go higher depending on how bad they punish your hand.
    Always use the most accurate load in your gun not the stoutest.
     
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    The scout is a fairly heavy hand gun and can handle some hefty charges. I have a 50 caliber, and a 50 cal Traditions Buckhunter pistol. Both are mooses.
     
  11. Bluehawk

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    Yes...40 grains would seem anemic but I found it is the absolute most accurate load both with a patched RB and Maxi in my CVA Kentucky rifle and that's what was needed when I was shooting BP Silhouette competition in Texas in the mid-1980's.
    I used the RB on chickens and turkeys...the Maxi's on javelina and rams.
    (The use of Maxi's is a correction for my other posting where I commented I used RB on Rams...I had forgotten it was not with RB's on them but with Maxi's...sorry about the confusion...I'm getting old and it was a long time ago)
     
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