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Old July 15, 2012, 04:37 PM   #1
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muzzleoading question

I was wondering , can you fire lead cast bullets and round balls in a modern inline muzzleloader (new Traditions vortek 50 cal ) or should I just stick to jacketed projectiles?...........LOUD
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Old July 15, 2012, 06:18 PM   #2
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You can use lead conicals but the twist rate is too fast for patched round balls.
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Old July 15, 2012, 06:34 PM   #3
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Don't need to stick with jacketed projectiles.

or should I just stick to jacketed projectiles?
No, you don't have to be saddled with the cost of buying jacketed bullets. In fact, I seldom shoot them. Started out with cast lead practice, sabot rounds and basically this is what I now shoot. As a hunting round, I had some boat-tails from Cabelas that really shot great but they no longer carry them. I basically shoot a .44mag pistol lead bullet, in my "non-traditionals". I usually save my RB's for my traditionals. You can shoot an RB, out of a fast twist but you can't push them hard. Takes a little time to work this shot-string. ...

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Old July 16, 2012, 07:07 PM   #4
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Fast twist barrels are used in many patched round ball shooting pistols but they typically use about 20-25 grains of powder and are loaded for about 800-900 fps. It's possible you may find a ball patch powder combo that shoots reasonably accurately in that rifle, you just gotta experiment a little. I would try a tight ball patch combo, something you gotta start with a mallet.
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