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Unread 07-25-2003, 11:04 PM
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Re: Long Range Muzzleloader

Red,
You could try the new Shcckwave bullet when it becomes available, T/C has much better distribution in Canada this year. Try three of the new Triple Seven pellets with that bullet - we got some exceptional groups all the way to 300 with it. About 3" high at 100 and about 3" low at 200, pretty flat for an in-line.
Sounds like you have a very good shooting Encore. The more I shoot that rifle the more impressed I am with its versatility and accuracy.
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Unread 08-01-2003, 09:30 AM
 
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I have a T/C Encore that I shoot often but cannot deer hunt with a scope here in Minnesota. Only Iron sights allowed. But while sighting for last years season, I screwed around and starting going out at 300 yds. I thought I was going to be way off but ended up shooting 4" groups at 300 yds with the ol' smokepole! Loved it!! I would only feel comfortable shooting deer at <200 yds. though! Now you all got me going and I am going to go out this weekend and try some long range with the Encore!!
Here is my encore- but this is with the .300 barrell on it.
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Unread 08-01-2003, 10:56 AM
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I chronographed the Shock Wave bullets this week downrange and got some very good accuracy. Best was three shots into 1.25" at 200 yards, that was probably a fluke but it happened.
Shot an Omega and this rifle preferred Pyrodex over 777 pellets. 777 pellets are 90 fps faster at the muzzle than Pyrodex - using 150 grain loads.
From a 100 yard zero the bullet dropped 8 inches at 200, this is flat for a smokepole.
Beat up my skyscreens again, plastic chunks on the ground everywhere but that is what happens when you leave the diffusers on. Easy to replace.
Now I am going to try to get velocities at 250 and 300 yards, will be tough. Fired 65 shots the other day.
Found that 5 30-grain Pyrodex pellets hit exactly the same as 3 fifties with this rifle. Quite a difference in size but they worked the same.
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Unread 08-16-2003, 09:43 AM
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Re: Long Range Muzzleloader

I finally came across something like what I was thinking of. I am posting the important part of this post and a link to the whole thread.I know some of you have already read this.

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If anyone's interested and just for fun; I'll explain another rifle I shoot that's similar to your long range rifles only from an era long gone. Some of you may know what a slug gun is and some may not. It's not a deer gun. It's a long range muzzle loading bullet shooting black powder rifle that got it's start during the Civil War as a sniper rifle.
My rifle (modern made) has a 2" across the flats barrel of .52 cal. and shoot's an 812 gr. 2-piece lead cross paper patched bullet at 1275 fps with 145 grs. of Swiss made 1F black powder. The rifle has a 27X Mitchell scope on it and has an underhammer action with a sealed ignition. Yep you guessed it....the recoil is significant to say the least. The rifle weighs 35 lbs. It has a false muzzle and uses a toggle joint starter to get the bullet past the choke (about .0005") at the muzzle which is about 2" long. The hardest part of shooting this thing is making the 2-piece bullets. The nose piece is cast of hard lead and the base piece is cast of pure lead. I make what are called "squirt die's" to swage the nose and nose inside area and then knurl the inside of the nose on my lathe. The knurl is their so the point on the base will fill in the knurl to lock the two pieces together. The two pieces are then run through the squirt die to make one bullet. The finished bullet is 1.675" long. The theory here is that the hard nose won't "slump" on ignition while the pure lead base will "bump up" to seal the gas pressure. I use freezer wrap (meat wrapping paper) for the cross patch with the shiney side towards the riflings. Fun gun to shoot but they can be "VERY TEMPERMENTAL" about loading and cleaning. Need some exercise ? I normally shoot about 80 bullets per match (3 targets-10 shots each). You have to make a lot of sight adjustments for the different ranges and conditions which requires a lot of bullets. The gun weighs 35 lbs. and of course you have to pick it up from loading it to put it on your bench. Then after firing it you have to take it off the bench to clean it between shots and load it. The math: two X 35 lbs. X 80 shots= 2.8 tons.
If I bored anyone...sorry. Just thought you guy's might be interested in reading about another kind of "long range rifle" !
Gary http://www.benchrest.com/forums/show...5&pagenumber=1 >>>>>>>>>>>>&g t;>>>>>>>>>
I wonder if an 812gr .52 would be adequate for small whitetail?
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Unread 08-16-2003, 10:31 AM
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Re: Long Range Muzzleloader

Frank,
I envy your opportunity to shoot such an interesting rifle. For some reason I feel that a person would be forced to slow down and do things deliberately, methodically and the results will be good.

I and many of my freinds are way too caught-up in hurry-up stuff, shoot this so you can go on to that.

Would sure like to see a picture of that slug gun. A long time ago someone wrote a wonderful article about such rifles, has always stayed with me about how accurate those rifles could shoot such big chunks of lead. The story was about an old man who had used one in battle and long after the wars he still had the old rifle, had to use it one last time. No idea what publication or when, but the author detailed all the preparations to prepare for a shot, just like you did.

What a difference from our plastic sleeved jacketed bullets and pelleted propellant. I understand that the most popular selling muzzleloader bullet today is the blackbelted conical, has the bottom of a sabot attached to its base. Only one reason it is so popular, it is the easiest to load. No great performance advantage, it is just easy to slide down the bore and that is what many shooters today are looking for. This bullet is the opposite of what you are describing - it requires a brainless act for loading, not a fussy bunch of preparations.

Heading out to the range to melt some barrel metal - high nineties today in the frozen wasteland.
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Unread 08-16-2003, 04:24 PM
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Re: Long Range Muzzleloader

Not me!
The fellow who posted that info at benchrest central is named Gary. I have no idea who he is but I thought what he wrote would apply to this topic.
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Unread 08-16-2003, 08:20 PM
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Re: Long Range Muzzleloader

Frank,
Excuse me for that, I totally miss-read your post. Did not go to the link...

Shot in extreme heat today (97F), tested a prototype muzzleloader bullet for a company to see how far it will stay stable out to. Had a 2.65" three shot group at two hundred yards, guess it was flying fairly well. Wind was gusting, around 20 at full value but these bullets did not drift much, only about 5" at 200. Huge difference in how hot the barrels get and stay during a calm day vs a windy hot day.

Also shot some test-loads with our .308's and 155 Comp. Supremes - not a great idea to have the spit pounded out of you by a light muzzleloader loaded with a 300 grain bullet and 150 grains of Pyrodex, then try to shoot the heavy .308's with decent accuracy.

Best group with my ROCK went four shots into 0.292" at 100 yards - 2887fps, think I will stay with that one. 47 Varget with the 155 Nosler at 2.830" in Win. brass&primer.
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