Thanks for the concern, I have been shooting a Savage Muzzleloader( 50 cal)since 2001. Most loads use N110, 4759, RL-7, 2400, 5744
I was not really happy with the light barrel and that is why I beefed it up to a #7 contour with a 1 1/4 inch diameter.
Yes, a heavier bullet would make things easier, but would also reduce range too. I am limited by a 1:14 twist.
I can get to 1000 yards, but just barely, and would like a little more cushion.
when you say offers very little "initial" resistance,are you saying that it gets tighter as it goes down the barrel? if this is the case,by that i mean the bore diameter is smaller at the breach end than it is towards the muzzle,that barrel will probably never shoot very well.
other than that, i would also say you need a bigger bullet.get a sabot that would shoot the 338 bullets, a 225 accubond might work in a 14.maybe it wouldn't but a 168 or 165 in 30 cal would.
What I meant is that since the bullet does not get swagged into the bore, which takes 1,000 or more pounds of pressure, the bullet starts moving quicker and at a lower pressure.
Duplex may be the best way to get much past 3,000 fps without raising the pressure beyond my comfort zone. N110 would seem to be the fast side to reach 3100, but N120, which I think should be ideal, may need more pressure than a 192 grain sabot/bullet can provide.
Edge, i understand now. you're simply comparing the difference between a conventional jacketed bullet with a sabot in a muzzleloader.i thought you meant the bullet started easy and got more difficult as it went down the barrel when you were seating it.
if i understand this right,you're using a pistol primer, rifle powder and bullet.might be a little easier to get a 30-06 and some reloading dies! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]