how much powder to use

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  1. Whitetailfreak9221

    Whitetailfreak9221 Fawn

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    I shoot a CVA buck horn magnum with a 100 grain of powder and 245 powerbelt. I have killed deer with this gun actually Killed a killed a good 9 point last Sunday at about 100 yards. Last night I add a doe come out at 200 I put it and the top her back and squeezed the trigger she didn't even run just kinda jumped and kept eating for the next 30 min till dark. So what I'm asking is whats your muzzeload setup?
     
  2. keith meador

    keith meador Got the Spotted Fever

    Have you shot your ML at 200 prior to taking that shot? The only true way of knowing what your particular ML will do at any given distance is to shoot it at that distance. The thickness of a crosshair at 200 is all the difference between a hit and a miss, especially with a ML. Sounds like you had a clean miss. Now, get that ML dirty and go shoot a few rounds through it. Record your drop and keep a record of it. Tape it to the stock if you need to.
     
  3. Brutus Hedgeapple

    Brutus Hedgeapple 10 pointer

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    I shoot a CVA Optima. I use 100 gr of Pyro just cause I was using up the Pyro I had before I try the discs. Well after shooting a doe the other evening just before dark, I'm rethinking the powder. A plume of fire came out the barrel and I figure I'm gonna reduce that amount when I go to the range next time. Killed the doe at about 75. Thats prolly my longest shot opp on this farm. Powerbelt 245.
     
  4. BODAB1

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    With a 28 inch barrel here are your approximate ballistics. Zero at 100 yards - 3.65 inches low at 150 - 13.25 inches low at 200 - 29.65 inches low at 250 yards. So you can see if you were even a little off on estimating that 200 yard shot or your hold was just a bit low you could easily have missed low. Each gun is a little different and barrel length will make a difference also. Here is a link where you can do some analysis of your own.

    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&ved=0CCsQFjAC&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.powerbeltbullets.com%2F&ei=avCWVLfmEoWWNoqbg-AO&usg=AFQjCNFOdumQoqtWjBCSlrhF49gK92Nxtg&bvm=bv.82001339,d.eXY
     
  5. hootowlman

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    Man not saying it can't be done, but 200 yards is a LONG shot for a blackpowder gun. I sighted mine in at 100 dead on and wouldn't even dream of trying a shot that far with it. I would 10 to 1 rather let a deer walk as to make a bad shot and cripple 1. Also the last deer I killed was with a 243 at 180 yards. I have just never tried a blackpowder rifle that far and imagine with the huge sabot they shoot they would be all over the place. I may be wrong but with the Ol smoke pole I want my shoots 125 and in.


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  6. jayder85

    jayder85 10 pointer

    I shoot 60 grains out of my inline. Most people don't realize that more often than not, if you are shooting 100 grains or more, you are wasting powder. When you shoot your gun does fire and "sparks" roll out of the barrel when you fire? If so, that is powder burning after it clears the barrel. This does no good, as it is igniting after the bullet is already gone.
     
  7. kywallace69

    kywallace69 12 pointer

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    I use Blackhorn 209 with 90 grains. Very accurate but I can't leave it in the gun for very long after hunting. Condensation gets the best of it. Gun wouldn't fire this Friday cause is left it loaded for 3 days after my last hunt. Guess that doe gets to eat corn for another day


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  8. Anse

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    A lot of research shows a lot of people use 150 grains of Pyrodex when shooting long distances.but make sure that you can use that much powder in your muzzle loader.
     
  9. flyingnectar

    flyingnectar 6 pointer

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    100 grains of pyrodex barnes 250 gr long range needs to be practiced on the range I have shot 200 yards with success but limit my shots most of the time

    Sighted in 2 inches high at 100
     
  10. EdLongshanks

    EdLongshanks 12 pointer

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    I have to use 150 grains to shoot my cva Woolf 100 yards
     
  11. Anse

    Anse 6 pointer

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    I have a CVA Wolf Magnum and I just shoot 100 grains in mine and it shoots good at 100 yards.
     
  12. EdLongshanks

    EdLongshanks 12 pointer

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    Really? My ML is dead on 50 yards with 100 grains. I am all over the place at 100 yards. I was concerned my scope mounts were moving. I then decided to increase the propellant to 150 grains without adjusting my scope and I'm dead on at 100 yards with 150 grains.
     
  13. Anse

    Anse 6 pointer

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    yes..it does..I hav'nt shot mine past a 100 yard ...and I have never shot 150 grains in mine but just a few times..
     
  14. ptbrauch

    ptbrauch 12 pointer

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    So you had 30 mins to reload and shoot a few more times. Did you?
     
  15. riverboss

    riverboss 12 pointer

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    150 grs with 200 gr sabot. Velocity doesnt lie! I shoot 200 yds and practice it.
     

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