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Old 12-18-2016, 07:37 AM
fatboyz fatboyz is online now
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Default Using shot in a rifled muzzleloader

I'm expecting Pete or Cat to have some experience here. I have a 50 cal flintlock and would like to do some rabbit/grouse hunting over Christmas. I read a few things on the interweb about using a homemade paper shot cup and leather and cardboard wads to shoot lead shot. Seems like it would work? anyone have any real world experience. I saw a few youtube videos and nothing blew up!
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Old 12-18-2016, 08:31 AM
Mr Hawken Mr Hawken is offline
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Don't have any experience shooting shot out of rifled muzzloader but I would think the shot would not fly right. Why not load your 50 down and do head shots My 50 that I used to own I think was around 60 gr ff would be a very accurate target load probably be more accurate than shooting shot.
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Old 12-18-2016, 09:02 AM
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I know lots of hunter's in the past used to shoot shot charges in slow twist barrels , it will work , yes .
Find the weight of a Maxi Vall and use that as you Shot weight for the powder
The Snider ammo was available in shot loads as well as bullets.
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Old 12-18-2016, 09:13 AM
Big Grey Wolf Big Grey Wolf is offline
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I found it worked real well in 50 caliber. I had a bunch of 28 gauge plastic sleves for shotgun shell reloading, would not damage barrel and kept good pattern. They may be a little hard to find though.
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Old 12-18-2016, 09:58 AM
fatboyz fatboyz is online now
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Sounds good fellas. As far as head shots on grouse with my flintlock? not sure I could hold steady enough waiting for spit, flash and boom. I think I'll give the shot charges a go, and at normal rabbit/grouse distance of 10-12 yards I think it work. I'll let you know how it works out.
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Old 12-28-2016, 07:38 PM
Knot Rite Knot Rite is offline
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I wouldn't do it out of mine. I would just have my concerns about the rifling filling up with lead deposits and affecting the accuracy. My furthest shot is 119 yds with open sights using a maxi-ball and If the twist in the rifling is filled with small deposits of lead, than this type of shot would not be possible. Just saying.

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Old 12-28-2016, 07:54 PM
waterninja waterninja is offline
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Hmmmm. I don't get it. How does this become a sticky? Might as well ask if it's ok to shoot shot out of a rifled shotgun. Hardly a sticky subject. At least put it in the guns and ammo section.

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