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Old October 3, 2002, 09:44 PM   #8
BluRidgDav
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Join Date: October 13, 2001
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70 grains of black powder behind a round ball is a nice balanced load in a .50 caliber muzzleloader. Adequate for deer at reasonable ranges.

It also has a sort of mathematical symetry to it:

a pound of black powder contains 7000 grains = 100 x 70 grain charges
.490/.495 round balls come 100 to the box
patches usually come in bags of 100
#11 percussion caps are sold in tins of 100

Everything runs out at the same time. Neat.
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