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Author Topic: Powder or Pellets?  (Read 4641 times)

Offline gator

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Re: Powder or Pellets?
« Reply #60 on: May 19, 2009, 12:11:39 PM »
I have used both, started w/ powder, but never really got the accuracy that I have achieved w/ the pellets. I have gotten many of my friends started on the pellets and it just seems to be a no brainer w/ todays modern inline muzzeloaders. I shoot a 50 cal. and always use 150 gr (3 50 gr pellets) w/ either 325 or 350 gr powerbelt bullets. Now w/ the BC scopes shooting 250 yards is no problem but
I would strongly recommend using a range finder when trying to shoot at these distances. The pellets do seem to burn cleaner and it
does make it quicker and easier for follow up shots. Another imp point is to ALWAYS! use 209 primers or larger musket caps when using pellets.
You can convert most guns to either,but preferably the 209 is your  best option. Whatever you choose to use you have to shoot alot and find the best combo of powder an bullet for each particular gun.

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Re: Powder or Pellets?
« Reply #60 on: May 19, 2009, 12:11:39 PM »
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Re: Powder or Pellets?
« Reply #61 on: May 19, 2009, 10:52:45 PM »
I think it's pretty much a preference thing. The pellets would be much easier probably, but I use powder. I carry several speed loaders ready to go and have never had a problem reloading quickly! Just my preference!
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Re: Powder or Pellets?
« Reply #62 on: May 21, 2009, 12:59:08 PM »
Blackhorn 209 loose powder took my Encore 209x50 from 4 inch groups at 50 yards to 3 shots that can be covered with a quarter!  I tried 3 other kinds of powder & at least 10 different bullet combinations.  This stuff is awesome!!!

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Re: Powder or Pellets?
« Reply #63 on: June 05, 2009, 09:08:32 PM »
pellets all the way for convience
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Re: Powder or Pellets?
« Reply #64 on: June 16, 2009, 08:50:35 PM »
Triple 7 pellets have been great for me......real easy to use.
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Re: Powder or Pellets?
« Reply #65 on: June 17, 2009, 08:56:12 AM »
I have a question.  I've heard that by using 3 pellets instead of 2 really doesn't make much of a difference.  It would seem that by the time that 3rd pellet is ignited, the bullet has already reached the end of the barrel.  A buddy of mine said he checked it with a chronograph and there was only a 50 fps difference so, why bother using 3 pellets?
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Re: Powder or Pellets?
« Reply #66 on: August 17, 2009, 07:39:24 PM »
I use two 50 grain pellets of Triple 7 because of convience and faster reloading if necessary.
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Re: Powder or Pellets?
« Reply #67 on: September 25, 2009, 04:27:36 PM »
after reading all of the replies, I have not seen the reason that I use pellet instead of powder listed in any of the posts.  It must be that I am the oddball of the bunch, but sometimes I don't shoot my rifle when I am in the woods, so I simply unload it before I get to the house.  The pellets are easier to unload out of my CVA in-line.  Using powder would be much messier and I could easily spill the powder onto te ground. It may be a simple idea, but that is my reason for not using loose powder.
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Re: Powder or Pellets?
« Reply #68 on: September 26, 2009, 03:11:03 PM »
I'm no expert of muzzleloaders, but seems to me that most of the gun test I have read on ML, the authors seem to prefer loose powder over the pellets, as loose powder was more accurate in their tests.  I use Pyrodex, and I premeasure all my loads, to facilitate loading while hunting or target practicing.  I can see where pellets are easier to use, but they are much more expensive than loose powder.
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Re: Powder or Pellets?
« Reply #69 on: December 18, 2009, 10:13:32 PM »
pellots, faster loading, easier to clean
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