Re: Do you hunt with a clean bore?
I can tell you this. If you shoot your ML over a chronograph for load development, you'll shoot it clean every time. And guys if your not shooting BlackHorn 209, you're shooting the wrong powder. I'm not trying to sound like a know it all, but it's that good. If I didn't have BH209 and a magnum sub-base, I'd bow hunt through ML season. The key, I have found, to good shooting with a muzzle loader, is consistency. That means every thing the same all the time, i.e. clean bore. The only time I don't shoot my ML over a chrono is when I'm hunting. At this point I can tell you where the bullet strikes the target simply by looking at the chrono. With a magnum sub-base, BH 209 and a clean bore I've got my standard deviation down to 15-20 fps. Most people I've talked to that didn't have a good experience with BH 209 were using the wrong primer. You have to use regular shotgun 209's with BH 209.
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