Muzzle Loader Question

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by mo, Jun 4, 2006.

  1. mo

    mo Well-Known Member

    Mar 5, 2006
    I have an TC Encore 209 x 50. The ML is very accurate so I have over looked the little problem that I have with the barrel. The problem is it's to hard to load.

    I shoot sabots and I have tried different sabots, and bullets. The barrel is clean, and I have tried Bore Butter. I have also tried putting KY lube directly on the Sabot, but it is so hard to load I have been thinking about selling it. Any suggestion? I don't want to mess up the accuracy it will stack them. Thanks for any info.

  2. Ridge Runner

    Ridge Runner Well-Known Member

    Dec 13, 2002
    try some traditions T-Shok XLR's, 250 gr. they load easier than most sabots and shoot better than shockwaves in my TC. they make 1 ragged hole in the target at 100 from my thunderhawk

  3. sambo3006

    sambo3006 Well-Known Member

    Jul 30, 2004
    I have an Encore .45 cal and it shoots Powerbelt bullets wonderfully plus they are really easy to load. No sabot, just a plastic base cup that expands to bore size when fired. Recovered one from the off side shoulder of a deer shot at 100 yds just under the skin mushroomed out like a Mentos mint--225 gr bullet.
    The Barnes sabots seem to fit very tight but the Hornady SST loads pretty easy in my gun. Hope this helps. Sam
  4. Ian M

    Ian M Well-Known Member

    May 3, 2001
    There is a brand new sabot about to be sold by T/C that is very easy to load. They are yellow in color and really slick. Just wait a bit and you will be able to get them. Loads like a Powerbelt, only reaches way out there if you are shooting ShockWaves. Also a new solvent coming that is very good, also from T/C, makes cleaning a simple job. Not sure what they are going to call the sabots or solvent, they will have a marketing name for each.
  5. edge

    edge Well-Known Member

    Nov 4, 2005
    Harvester "CRUSH RIB" sabots are much easier to load. Many folks can load .458 bullets with them!


  6. davewilson

    davewilson Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    each barrel has it's own diameter,groove and bore.with muzzleloaders you are making the fit with whatever components you use. there are 2 variables.bullet and sabot.try different combos until you come up with the best fit for your gun.i think you'll find a very snug fit will provide the best accuracy.