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First Shots out of Savage

 
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Old 08-07-2013, 06:41 PM
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First Shots out of Savage

This is the first three shots out of my new Savage 10ML-II. I know it isn't that impressive but...............I hurried up to the range just before dusk,...............I have never fired a muzzleloader before and..............this was with the factory open sights at 100yds.
All things considered I think it's not bad. Yes I know it's shooting low but that's just a matter of a sight adjustment.
I can't wait to get my scope aboard.
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:09 PM
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Re: First Shots out of Savage

I actually like to shoot my 50 CVA Optima. The recoil is much different than a centerfire, more of a push rahter than a smack.

You don't have to worroy about shooting the barrel out like with a centerfire. The sabot rides the rifling so wear is basically non existent.

I shoot Barnes TMZ's in 412 diameter with a plastic Sabot most times. 100 grains of Blackhorn with a CCI ML primer.
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Old 08-09-2013, 10:20 PM
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Re: First Shots out of Savage

I've been able to get down to a 5 shot 1.5 moa or 3 shot moa group with my black diamond 50 cal. I actually got the load from a front stuffer article in a gun rag. The guy was touting 120 grains fff 777 with the 300 grain hornady tipped pill. I tried it with my tc 1x scope on top and she shot as promised.I'm lLighting the fire with a rws musket cap. ff 777 works as well and I've proved poi with both by combining a couple of shots with each; in my rifle they will land inside 2 moa for a combined group.

Very good starting group though; I remember a couple of front stuffers we had to WORK to get inside of 3 moa on.
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Old 08-10-2013, 04:25 AM
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Re: First Shots out of Savage

Looks like a fine group for just starting development. I shoot a 300 gr Barnes original with the MMP orange sabot. I had better results with Vht. N120 powder. keep up the good work the Savages are fun to work with.
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Old 08-10-2013, 05:32 AM
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Re: First Shots out of Savage

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Looks like a fine group for just starting development. I shoot a 300 gr Barnes original with the MMP orange sabot. I had better results with Vht. N120 powder. keep up the good work the Savages are fun to work with.
I'm going to try N120 as Vihtavuori is easier for me to get than the Accurate Arms powders.
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Old 08-10-2013, 06:44 PM
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Re: First Shots out of Savage

I was able to get more velocity and better accuracy using N120 with the 300 gr. projectile. Vihtavouri is hard to find sometimes, but I pick it up when I see it. I also used N110 with the 250 gr projectiles with good results. In my rifle the 300 gr. Barnes is very good.
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Old 08-17-2013, 06:33 AM
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Re: First Shots out of Savage

deertroy1, N-120 is a very good powder for your 300 gr. bullets. I have found 57-59 grains work best in my muzzle loaders.

The orange mmp loads too loose in my guns and have started using Harvester short black sabots (part # H5045SB). I only use these with the Remington 300 gr bullets since they are actually a .457 bullet.

As far as the Hornady and Barnes 300 gr., I have found Harvester black crush rib sabots work best for me.

With the Savage, when loading your load you want a snug fitting sabot. (say around 30-40 lbs force to load). If it slides easily down the barrel, most of the time accuracy will suffer. Good luck with your new gun.
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