Originally Posted by Lookinforlunkers
I just ordered my first muzzle loader. Ive been pouring over threads in here for a couple nights now and have read a ton of good stuff. What I havent found is anything about the FX specifically. Does anybody have one? What do you think? what can ya tell me? I plan on starting with 209 and 250g Barnes TMZ's.
Thanks in advance Mark
I know of a lot of people that have them and are just estatic about how well they shoot. It appears that more and more T/C muzzleloaders, who never intend to switch barrels, are turning to the FX.
Optics are a huge contributing factor to consider. Purchase the best you can afford with good glass. Each of us may have our preference but, Nikon or Lepould IMO are the best. I had the choice of either and bought the Nikon Monarch. Liked it so much, that I bought an identical second (2.5-10x50).
Guys that I talk to and are shooting the FX, are shooting between 100 and 110grs VOLUME of BH209, using CCI209M primers
. Many appear to be very satisfied with 100grs V. Of course your rifle will tell you which is best. If you're not aware, when shooting BH209, make sure you have a 1/8" (T/C) drill bit that you can clean the carbon build up out of the flame channel with. You only TURN IT BY HAND
after a shooting session. Carbon from the primers will build up in the flame channel, which sooner or later will affect performance. You'll know when you reach the bottom of the flame channel. Some prefer to clean it out after around 15 shots but, I've fired up to 30 rounds before chipping it out.
Good luck with your new rifle, have fun and be safe.
The TMZ is a good choice of bullet but, if the bore is tight you may want to switch to the T-EZ, until you get the rifle broke in and the machine marks out of the rifle.