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muzzleloader - cast or sabot

Postby yamazinger » Mon Jan 06, 2014 8:59 am

I just got into muzzleloading this year as my regular rifle season was horrible so id like to get a little extra time out in the woods earlier in the season. I had put about a dozen bullets through the gun and the only type of round i have shot so far is the hornady sst sabot. Are cast bullets accurate in a muzzleloader and do you need wads with them? They are less expensive and im just looking to be able to get comfortable with the gun and actually zero it in without breaking the bank. for some reason i am unable to get more than 3 consecutive shots while swabbing the barrel between shots to be accurate so if im going to waste my time and money i might as well shoot cheaper bullets.

Also i was at the range recently and i have been able to put the first couple shots each time i go into a 1inch group before the accuracy goes to shit. I made my adjustments on the scope prior to shooting anything last time i went and the bullet hit the same exact spot.... so i made a bold adjustment and the next shot the bullet went 5 inches the opposite way? im using a bench so the rifle is steady. i have the worst luck with scopes and to this day i still hate using them.

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Re: muzzleloader - cast or sabot

Postby shaman » Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:40 am

I started using a Lee R.E.A.L cast bullet in my .54 Hawken about 7 years ago. Pretty soon my son and my buddy both started using them in their .50 cal ML's. My buddy is wickedly accurate out past 100 yards, and his ML is now his favorite deer arm.

1) use pure lead
2) practice until you can cast a fairly pristine bullet
3) Try at least a couple of moulds until you find what works.
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Re: muzzleloader - cast or sabot

Postby yamazinger » Mon Jan 06, 2014 2:32 pm

i have the means to cast my own bullets and the lead but i do not have the mold and i was more talking about buying a cast bullet. i dont think you need wads with cast bullets but i do not know for sure and it seems like there is very limited info out there about muzzleloading.

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Re: muzzleloader - cast or sabot

Postby shaman » Tue Jan 07, 2014 5:27 am

I use no wads, no patch, no lube.

You can buy the bullets. I shot TC Hunters and BUffalo Bullets for years. However, I got tired of the expense. The Lee mould is under $30 and came with handles. I crank out a year's worth of bullets in a few minutes, and they shoot better than the Power Belts I was using previously.

The other thing about cast bullets is the SHTF factor. I have 100 lbs of lead, some BP and some primers. I'll have at least something to shoot no matter what.
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Re: muzzleloader - cast or sabot

Postby kellory » Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:37 am

That is where my arms are lacking. I have never owned a muzzle loader. One has been offered from my Father in law, but I have never used his. When finances allow, I need to get one, if for no other reason, as a fall back weapon, as you said.
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