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Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by tddavis26, Nov 16, 2013.

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  1. tddavis26

    tddavis26 Member

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    where can I get minei bullets for my 58. cal zouave ? or dose any one have a better suggestion on what I should shoot for hunting
     
  2. forward observer

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    There are several source on the net, but I would trust this place since they are devoted to black powder shooting.

    Track of the Wolf

    Cheers
     
  3. Shanghai McCoy

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    I have an older Zoave and it shoots round balls well. A bit easier on the shoulder too...
     
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    thank you I will check them out.
     
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    how do I sight it in ? it has what appers to be a fixed flip up leaf sight with no windege adjustment on it. it has 3 levels of flip up leafs and they dont like to stay up. how do I fix this ? or is there a replacement sight system I can get for it ?
     
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    Windage is adjusted by moving the front sight or filling and recutting the leafs. The distance for each leaf depend on if someone has already "worked" the sights or not. I have mine set for 50 yards,100, and 200. If I recall correctly, the originals were 100, 300, and 500.
     
  7. Sam1911

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    We had one that never did shoot any conical well. Shot patched round balls very nicely though.
     
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    Mine shoots Lee Improved .578s like a dream and .575s don't always hit paper. You might want to buy a selection of minis and roundball and see what the gun likes.
     
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    Actually you can squeeze quite a bit of windage out of MOST repro Zouave rear sights. If you lift up the tallest of the sight leaves you will see a screw head (most have two dimples rather than a slot), if you modify a screwdriver to fit these dimples you can loosen the screw. When loose the sight will pivot side to side on the screw & when retightened should hold at wherever you have it on the arc. I was able to do this with my Euroarms repro Zouave that I used for MLAIC competition & it saved my skin a number of times by not having to hold off to allow for wind. I also have a Zoli Zouave here that will also adjust, but my original Remington M.1863 rear sight always wants to return to center when the screw is retightened.:banghead:
     
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    Minnie balls tend to be finicky for size to the bore, powder charge and lead.

    Pure lead. Not 5% tin, pure. Keep the powder charge under 70 grains or the skirt will blow out at the muzzle.

    In some guns a 577 over 50 grains works well, while a 578 over 50 grains is terrible.

    I have never found a minnie and load my Zoli Zouave gave accuracy sufficient to keep them on the paper at 100 yds.

    But the thing shoots 575 round balls over 60 grains like a dream. Keeps em under 3 inches off the bench at 100 yds. (even with the crappy sights)

    I found that under 100 it shoots incredibly high. Like 8 inches at 50 yards.

    Yes the gun was meant for minnies. But save yourself some grief and just shoot round balls. Just the expense I have heard trying different minnie designs and charges must exceed the price of the gun.
     
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    Most have a round ball twist of about 1 in 72. Some shoot the old style minie well. None of the four I have owned did. All shot the 575494 semiwadcutter with light charges (50 gr). My best load, winning the 50 yard championship at Friendship and setting a new record in '70, I think (year), was 70 grains of fffg DuPont, .570 ball, pillow ticking patch with moose milk and a .070 20 ga wad between powder and bullet. Was a great hunting load and I even shot it in a few bench matches (using redfield aperture sights). This was with a Numrich NSSA approved 7 groove barrel and a Century Arms replica. I have an "original" first generation replica now, a Hy Hunter with "Remington" stamped on the lock plate, and the correct taper bored, choked barrel. Made in about 1964 and it shoots Minies very well.
     
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    for good quality projectiles go to Ball-Accuracy.com
     
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