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#12266679 - 09/12/17 Black horn 209  
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#12266785 - 09/12/17 Re: Black horn 209 [Re: earlybrd]  
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You did not indicate the bullet weight you are using. Generally speaking start at 90.0 grains and work up to 110 grains in 5 grain increments and your rifle should find a sweetspot.

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80-90 grains works well in mine with 350's.



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#12267103 - 09/12/17 Re: Black horn 209 [Re: earlybrd]  
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Just remember that if you weigh your charges, the formula is 70% of the volumetric charge. Either way is fine, but I prefer to weigh charges and put them in the BH tubes for convenience. I also use the tubes to carry bullets, two to the tube.


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#12276895 - 09/17/17 Re: Black horn 209 [Re: earlybrd]  
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75 grains (weighed) and 250 gr bullet for me in my Knight and dads Omega.

#12276928 - 09/17/17 Re: Black horn 209 [Re: earlybrd]  
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100 gr by volume with a 300 gr Barnes bullet

#12276968 - 09/17/17 Re: Black horn 209 [Re: earlybrd]  
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Had a monster buck at 30 yds broadside last yr bigger than anything I've ever shot at muz ldr hung fire with the pellets and he got away so I'm doing things different

#12283231 - 09/20/17 Re: Black horn 209 [Re: earlybrd]  
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77.5grs by weight and a Harvester Scorpion PT Gold 300gr bullet in a Harvester Crush Rib sabot from my Encore.


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#12284317 - 09/21/17 Re: Black horn 209 [Re: earlybrd]  
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Originally Posted by earlybrd
Had a monster buck at 30 yds broadside last yr bigger than anything I've ever shot at muz ldr hung fire with the pellets and he got away so I'm doing things different


BH209 is even harder to ignite than pellets. You might want to see if there is another reason for your hang fire such as a dirty breach plug. Clean it out with a 1/8th" drill bit and see what comes out. You might be in for a surprise.

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#12288344 - 4 hours ago Re: Black horn 209 [Re: earlybrd]  
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Good tip with the 1/8" bit. It is amazing what will come out of the channel.


I drilled the flash hole on my breech plug with a #55 bit as well.


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#12288451 - 3 hours ago Re: Black horn 209 [Re: earlybrd]  
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A pin vise makes twisting the drills a lot easier. Soaking the plug in a film (!) can of solvent helps too.

Last week, I used 777 pellets for the first time sighting in a rifle for someone else. No ignition trouble, but the plug got really crudded up, even well-slopped up with anti-sieze goop when I forgot to break the crust after the first few shots. Ballistol to the rescue! The crud ring in the barrel was easy to keep down with a damp patch, followed by a dry one and firing a cap.

For the guns that can use it, 209 is clearly the way to go. Actually, a sidelock is easier and more pleasant to shoot and clean up after than either of the inlines I've played with, whether with loose 777 or BP. I regret letting my old TC Greyhawk go. It was about as easy and simple as it gets in muzzleloading.


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