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Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by ClemBert, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. Justintime

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    I hope to shoot it this weekend, it's been two weeks since I've been able to shoot. I haven't had a chance to shoot it since I finished the front sight. I know I will have to file front sight down some so I'm anxious to get out there.
     
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  2. Michigan Mike

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    Black or pyrodex? Any conversion cylinder in your future?
     
  3. Justintime

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    I use Pyrodex,black is too hard to find around here,and shipping is usually too high. Pyrodex is hard enough to find,many of the gun shops around have stopped carrying most of their muzzle loading supplies. Even the Cabela's that I frequent has turned their muzzle loading supplies into an anemic,rather short,two sided shelf,that is largely occupied by jacked .50 cal sabots,but no powders.

    I have Pyrodex ffg right now,and it works well. I was shooting RB over 30grn volume. When I loaded it up with RB over 40grn,they started climbing up over the target at 25 yards. Then I loaded some conicals I had from somewhere. They measured .456 and averaged 193grn. Those flew 10-12" over the target at 25 yards even over 25grn. That is when I decided I was going to build a taller front sight.

    I would like to have one of the deepend cylinders,and might even send mine in to have to trued and deepend. I don't really have a desire for a conversion to 45LC or 45 ACP,though. I have a 1911 for 45acp. and if I want to shoot a big,fun cartridge,I break out my 500 mag! Maybe someday if I can aquire another couple of ROAs I'll send on in to get the 50 cal conversion,that'd be a nice partner for my 500 mag.
     
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  4. Michigan Mike

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    Yea....black is hard to find here too.
     
  5. Patocazador

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    "What do you fellas make of those marks? I shot a light down the barrel from the muzzle end,something I hadn't done before and noticed these concentric marks."

    Too long a tool for coning the barrel??

    Jackrabbit is probably right. - "Might be chatter from the rifling cutters."
     
  6. Jackrabbit1957

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    Been shooting my ROAs with Black MZ. Its not as energetic as Pyrodex but the cleanup is a lot nicer. It does produce a lot of smoke which can be a bit annoying, especially when trying to make a follow-up shot on small game. Also have to aim slightly high.
     
  7. Michigan Mike

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    MZ?
     
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  9. Jackrabbit1957

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    It's a substitute black powder made by Alliant. Sportsmans Warehouse has it for about $10 a pound. It only comes in 2f but it compresses nicely. It does have a clumping problem.
     
  10. robhof

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    Before building a new front sight, consider deepening the slit in the rear sight, and then taking a fine file to the range and bench shoot, filing the top of the rear sight till you get the desired POI, Rear sight blades are cheap, I got a lot of 3 from Ebay. I was able to get dead on at 15yds with this method. Of course this only works with the adjustable models, I would never cut into the frame of a fixed sight model.
     
  11. Patocazador

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    NO! Don't file the rear sight if you want to shoot higher, file the front sight.

    Most ROAs shoot too high with energetic loads so most everyone files the rear sight and replaces the front sight with a taller blade. You want to do just the opposite to shoot higher.
     
  12. robhof

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  13. DeadEyeDave44

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    6F0216F0-0445-4C83-99FA-0234AB9FAA69.jpeg Hello everyone. Just acquired a nice 1980 model ROA in stainless. I had a great time becoming acquainted with it
     
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