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Old 12-13-2005, 10:56 AM
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Blackpowder Long Range Hunting

I own a Knight DISC rifle, topped with a Leupold 3.5X10X40 Vari-X III. I usually shoot Barnes 250 grain Redhot saboted bullets, in front of two 50 grain pyrodex pellets. While I can shoot 2 inch groups zeroed at 100 yards, I've never tried any shots beyond 125 yards. Any long range BP hunters out there? Where could I find trajectory (bullet drop) tables for this combination??
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Old 12-13-2005, 06:37 PM
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Re: Blackpowder Long Range Hunting

a table for any black powder combination would have many variables mainly the temperature. shoot the gun every 50 yds and see how much it drops.i wouldn't zero it at 100 either.i printed mine 4" high at 100, was 8" low at 200,then figure what power to put the scope on for 250 and 300 using the point of the duplex.this worked well for me.
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Old 12-13-2005, 07:12 PM
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Re: Blackpowder Long Range Hunting

I would recommend using any one of the ballistic calculators, that is if you can find the BC of your bullet. I use the calculator on http://www.biggameinfo.com/index.asp...=/balcalc.ascx
It should keep you on the paper, but don't be too confident with the numbers until you verify.

I really got into the long range smokeless muzzleloading this year with some impressive groups, for a muzzleloader, with several groups measuring less than 2 inches at 300-350 yards. I plan on getting a Kenton industries elevation turret for my 4.5-14 M1 leupold next year. Hopefully through the spring I will be able to extend my comfortable range to 400 yards.
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Old 12-13-2005, 08:31 PM
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Re: Blackpowder Long Range Hunting

I have shot my savage 10ml out to 500yrds. I have found that the drift is substantial for a guy use to shooting 300 win mags and 338 lapuas. With 43gr of IMR4759 and 250gr Hornady sst I get 3/4" groups a 100 yards and I amaze my friends when they hear the bullets long trip to the gong followed by DING. I have found that the easiest way to find out what kind of drop you are getting is by placing gongs at 100 yrd intervals and I paint lines on 2X4s every foot. I then put the 2X4 by the gong, check one the expected drop and start shooting. I about 2 hours one afternoon I had my answers. The wind drift has taken more time and bullets but experience cannot be overrated here.
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Old 12-13-2005, 08:48 PM
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I've got to admit if the wind is blowing, forget about hitting anything much farther than 200 yards with a muzzleloader. Although I can promise you that if I don't have the long range capability with my muzzleloader, opening morning a monster will come out at 350 yards with no cross wind. At any rate, it sure is fun to consistently hit something at long range with a muzzleloader.(well at least until the wind picks up)

6mm shooter - Just curious, what kind of velocity are you getting with the 43grains of imr4759.
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Old 12-14-2005, 12:18 PM
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Re: Blackpowder Long Range Hunting

usually right around 2300 fps
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I've got to admit if the wind is blowing, forget about hitting anything much farther than 200 yards with a muzzleloader. Although I can promise you that if I don't have the long range capability with my muzzleloader, opening morning a monster will come out at 350 yards with no cross wind. At any rate, it sure is fun to consistently hit something at long range with a muzzleloader.(well at least until the wind picks up)

6mm shooter - Just curious, what kind of velocity are you getting with the 43grains of imr4759.

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