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I got this ML earlier this year, but had no range time. I have 50 cal round balls that I hear are not very accurate in the inline bores. I also have 50 cal sabots and 44 cal Hornady XTPs available in 200 and 230 grain flavors. Looking for starting loads with Pyrodex or BP..

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Banjo

Old Mossy Horns
#2
Following this. I just bought an Optima V2. I have read up and I plan to start with white hots and Hornady SST 250 gr.


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Eric Revo

Old Mossy Horns
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#3
My optima does really good with the tipped 250 grain bullets and enclosed sabots. I've not shot over 200 yards so I can't comment on long range.
 
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I loaded what I think is 90 grains of black powder under the sabotted 240. My measure isn't marked, but I think fully collapsed is 50gr. Seems to do ok. It was really humid yesterday and getting a solid position was difficult. At 100 yards, I got 2" groups. That'll work for MOD.

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Lucky Clucker

Old Mossy Horns
#8
Try 21 grains of Bluedot shotgun powder,I did today and it is good,just needed a,better rest ,back AMD forth from 777. Scope,was,off a bit.Going do,some,more testing on it,Im,shooting a wolf with a enclosed breech.Got friends,who been using it for,years ,half the,kick,and,no,smoke,and no,cleaning.
 

nchawkeye

Old Mossy Horns
#9
Try 21 grains of Bluedot shotgun powder,I did today and it is good,just needed a,better rest ,back AMD forth from 777. Scope,was,off a bit.Going do,some,more testing on it,Im,shooting a wolf with a enclosed breech.Got friends,who been using it for,years ,half the,kick,and,no,smoke,and no,cleaning.

Unless you have a smokeless muzzleloader, it's best to stick with real black powder or one of the many substitutes...
 

nchawkeye

Old Mossy Horns
#10
I got this ML earlier this year, but had no range time. I have 50 cal round balls that I hear are not very accurate in the inline bores. I also have 50 cal sabots and 44 cal Hornady XTPs available in 200 and 230 grain flavors. Looking for starting loads with Pyrodex or BP..

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I work up loads for friends and start with 240 or 300gr Hornaday .44 diameter XTPs (I buy them in bulk) and a green Harvester smooth sabot...I then start with 80grs FFF Goes black powder and work up to 100grs...80 or 85grs usually ends up being the sweet spot....
 

30/06

Twelve Pointer
#11
I’d stick with either XTPs or Barnes bullets. The SSTs, TC shockwaves and powebelts don’t expand well at least in my experience.
 
#12
I shoot a 295gr. PowerBelt Aerotip being pushed by 2 White Hots out of my Optima, this load HAMMERS the deer for me. I tried a few different bullets and pellets when I got the rifle and after testing,the rifle liked the mentioned load the best.