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Loading a 50 cal inline muzzle loader.
« on: November 27, 2016, 08:45:43 PM »
It's been years since I last hunted with my 50 cal muzzle loader.  I'm shooting 250 gr sabots and I can just not remember how many gr of powder pellets to load.  I use 50 gr pellets and I'm pretty sure that I loaded two.  I hate to waste sabots to find out. I plan to hunt in Ohio with the muzzleloader next week so I need to check the zero tomorrow.
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Re: Loading a 50 cal inline muzzle loader.
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2016, 09:19:22 PM »
Two is what I usually use.  But, I hardly ever see any deer over 50-80 yards.  My black power is rated for 3 pellets. 

Also, take a look at the new MZ Blue powder.  A lot easier to clean up after shooting.

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Re: Loading a 50 cal inline muzzle loader.
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2016, 10:12:24 PM »
I load 120 GR of 777 loose behind a 230 GR sabot . with a scope I can hold a group at 100 yds .
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Re: Loading a 50 cal inline muzzle loader.
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2016, 09:27:20 PM »
   Sorry, I am way late seeing and responding to this. I use 2-50 grain pellets but suggest you pattern with your loads. As to the sabots I find shooting the ML much cheaper by buying 100 plastic sabots and a box of 44 caliber bullets to fit them. Much cheaper than buying the packs. If I'd ever get away from the convenience of pellets and just use loose powder would be even cheaper. My son changed the nipple on my Thunderhawk this year to use musket caps which are much bigger and hotter the #11 percussion caps which sometimes failed to ignite the powder.

   I hope you had a good hunt. I'm debating on whether to go this week or not. I probably will.
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Re: Loading a 50 cal inline muzzle loader.
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2016, 07:25:17 AM »
^^^ +1 on bullets

Or you can buy package in walmart - Hornady XTPs and sabots for $13 or so.  240 grain bullets.

I use loose 777 and only 85 grains shoots one inch group at 100 yards from my TC Omega.  One can of 777 lasts me many years.


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Re: Loading a 50 cal inline muzzle loader.
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2016, 07:48:59 AM »
I use two 50 grain 777 pellets in my Omega. Works for me...

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Re: Loading a 50 cal inline muzzle loader.
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2016, 08:42:37 AM »
Do't know much about the "new fangled" muzzle loaders simply because I shoot a 50 cal. Hawkin.  Maxi ball with 100 grain hunting load.
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Re: Loading a 50 cal inline muzzle loader.
« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2016, 08:04:56 AM »
I made this from scratch ... I use 70 grains per shot.
Works great. I also made a matching pistol.

 

 

 

 
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« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2016, 09:06:04 AM »
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Re: Loading a 50 cal inline muzzle loader.
« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2016, 09:27:02 AM »
  Interesting gun, what type ignition, trigger?

 

 
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Re: Loading a 50 cal inline muzzle loader.
« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2016, 08:53:22 PM »
My Thompson Center 209-50 is rated for up to 3 -50 grain pellets, but I only use 2. I practice using 777 loose, but then switch to 50 gr. 777 pellets and verify on my last 3 shots. If all goes well, I then hunt with 2 50gr. 777 pellets and a Hornady load N Lock saboted bullet with the plastic tail to hold the pellets. The tail is long enough for 3x50 but I cut it using a sharp knife and then use just 2. I never lost a deer I hit with that load, in fact they rarely go more than 15-20 yds if at all. I like the 209 primers, see if your rifle can be changed to that (shotgun primers). Most inlines are made for the 209 and some come with the parts to convert from #11 caps to the 209. The 209's are hotter and hold up in rain/snow much better than the #11 or musket caps for that matter.
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