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Old 10-24-2005, 07:01 AM   #1
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TC Bore buttons, Weighted charges = smaller groups

After doing some reading, I decieded to start weighing my charges. I took my measure and set it at 120 grains by volume and then weighted each charge on my scale. Then I averaged the weights and wrote it down. Now I am using this weight with tripple seven FFG in my TC Hawken 54 cal. I took the rifle and these new loads to the range yesterday. I loaded the Tripple Seven FFG, with one TC bore button over powder and a Hornady Great Plains 390 grain HP. At 50 yards with iron sights my groups are now down to 3/4 inch. Has anyone else tried this?
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Old 10-26-2005, 08:23 AM   #2
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It's really too bad that black powder is measured by volume when weight is by far the best way to go. Unfortunately with so many black powder substitutes, we're pretty much stuck with the volume standard, but those in the know, will break out their scales.
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Old 10-27-2005, 06:57 PM   #3
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Thats kind of how I feel about the whole deal. I want to make sure everyone out there understands how I am doing this. I first used my volume powder measure and checked each charge on my reloading scale. After I had done this six or more times I added all the weights up and div to get an average weight. From there on I use that average weight and my reloading scale to get all my powder charges. When using triple seven for example, the weight on my powder scale is less than what you read off the volume powder measure, because tripple seven weights less than black powder. The good news is you get more shots out of a pound of powder than what you get with black powder. All I can tell you is my groups have really gotten smaller once I started doing this and using the TC bore buttons.
Maybe some of you will try this and report back what you find.
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Old 11-20-2006, 06:42 AM   #4
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Found a post on another site that confirms what I learned about measuring Tripple Seven or American Pioneer powder. Not weighing in on a scale can open up groups at 100 yards. Here's the web sit I got this from: http://www.hpmuzzleloading.com
Have any of you starting weighing your charges on a scale yet? I found it cut my groups down a lot.
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