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#505720 - 11/24/07 09:40 PM 100 or 150 grain for muzzleloader
6 Point

Registered: 11/21/07
Posts: 974
Loc: Middle TN

So this is my first year muzzleloading. I bought a Thompson Center Omega .50 cal. All my buddies use 100 Grains of pyrodex and 300 grain bullet.

Is this a good combo?

Im just thinking if the gun maxes out at 150 grains of powder, why not max it out to make sure the fps is sufficient?

What do you guys think?

I put a nikon prostaff scope on it as well, so i know i SHOULDN't miss, just want to make sure there is enough [censored] on the shot.

#506548 - 11/25/07 05:03 PM Re: 100 or 150 grain for muzzleloader [Re: David]
Kevin B.
8 Point

Registered: 09/27/06
Posts: 2333
Loc: Hardin County

It's been my experience that each ML has a load that it prefers. It may or may not be a 300 grain bullet. It may or may not be 100 grains of pyrodex. My omega shot its best groups (sub moa at 100 yds) with 100 grains of triple seven (ffg) and 250 grain shockwave w/ supplied sabot. Killed 5 deer last year w/ this combo. Hope this helps.
#506794 - 11/25/07 07:23 PM Re: 100 or 150 grain for muzzleloader [Re: Kevin B.]

Registered: 11/19/07
Posts: 24
Loc: Hickman County

150 The heavier the better. Make sure you boost the powder a bit for the bigger slug.
#506888 - 11/25/07 07:56 PM Re: 100 or 150 grain for muzzleloader [Re: David]
TnDeer Old Timer
10 Point

Registered: 11/22/99
Posts: 3619
Loc: Hendersonville, TN, USA

If your gun has a long enough barrel, you may be able to take advantage of all 150 grains. Diminishing returns usually sets in above 100 grains; the increase in powder fouling begins to outweigh the increase in velocity. Also, a lot of that powder leaves the barrel under-burned. Shoot it at dusk with 100 grains, then again with 150 and you should notice a lot more flames coming from the muzzle with the 150 grain.

To be sure, use your gun, try different loads, and if you have a chrony to check the velocity, that's great.

I shoot 110 gr loose 777 with a 300 grain Hornady XTP Mag.
It's not rocket surgery, for crying outside!

#510261 - 11/27/07 10:23 PM Re: 100 or 150 grain for muzzleloader [Re: jakeway]
14 Point

Registered: 09/05/06
Posts: 8565
Loc: Powell

Mine shoots best with 90 grains.
"I come in peace. I didn't bring artillery. But I'm pleading with you with tears in my eyes. If you $!&@ with me. I'll kill you all!"
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#510798 - 11/28/07 11:16 AM Re: 100 or 150 grain for muzzleloader [Re: fourwheeler431]

Registered: 12/05/03
Posts: 27878
Loc: TN

I would shoot the amount of powder that gave me the best accuracy!
#510979 - 11/28/07 02:09 PM Re: 100 or 150 grain for muzzleloader [Re: Winchester]
4 Point

Registered: 12/09/04
Posts: 190
Loc: Nashville, TN

I thought that 150 was beeter in my Encore, but I was wrong it was way better at 100 grains and even easier to shoot.....

#511857 - 11/29/07 08:14 AM Re: 100 or 150 grain for muzzleloader [Re: ]
4 Point

Registered: 10/28/06
Posts: 103
Loc: spring hill

By all means do your "home work"! Shoot it with both. I have a CVA Optima Pro and use 100gr triple seven wit 260gr (I think) powerbelts. I'm much more accurate with 100 as opposed to 150gr.
and when U do test them make sure U check for odd shaped bullet holes in your target with 150 grains (you should have a perfect circle, not an oval). In some guns with certain rounds 150gr will make the bullet "tumble" in flight which means poor accuracy. what kind of area do you hunt? If you won't be making shots longer than 100 yds then I'd go with 100gr! Whatever U use good luck with it!
Take care of our outdoors!!!

#514161 - 12/02/07 04:12 PM Re: 100 or 150 grain for muzzleloader [Re: breeze900rr]
bighead 1
4 Point

Registered: 09/24/06
Posts: 174
Loc: middle tenn

My encore likes 100 grains loose T7 powder with 300 grain bullet ,you will have to see what your gun likes. My encore shoots 100 grains loose t7 the best,you have to find what your gun likes

#514255 - 12/02/07 06:10 PM Re: 100 or 150 grain for muzzleloader [Re: David]
bowhunter 51
4 Point

Registered: 03/20/07
Posts: 203
Loc: Lauderdale Co. Tennessee

Wrong thinking, don't wanna exceed your barrel
twist capability...You wanna use the least amount of charge
to group tight groups confidently...If you use too big a
charge, the projectile will over-run the cut barrel twist,
and spin poorly as a result...accuracy will be deminished..
You wanna start at a low charge and work up...I use only 80gr.
of 777 in my 45 with a 1:28 twist...I assure you..It will get
the job done....................................BH51.........

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