1863 Sporter loads

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RedRiver
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1863 Sporter loads

Post by RedRiver » Fri Jun 18, 2010 7:42 am

Well I just got my new to me :D 54 cal sporter with a 30" barrel and I am looking at the different bullet moulds, I will be useing the Charlie Hahn tubes. What grain of bullet should I be looking at?

Jay Yuskaitis
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Post by Jay Yuskaitis » Fri Jun 18, 2010 8:39 am

I've had good luck with about 500 grain bullets from a Rapine Christmas Tree ring tail and a Brooks "Charlie Hahn" mold, along with Charlie's Tubes. both bullets fit the tube perfectly. I've found using tubes or loose powder, accuracy and point of impact are the same. Jay Y.

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Post by RedRiver » Fri Jun 18, 2010 12:32 pm

Are you shooting a carbine or a sporter I would be interested and seeing a picture of a bullet from the Brooks mould, If you can please post one.

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Post by Jay Yuskaitis » Fri Jun 18, 2010 2:14 pm

Can't post pictures as I am a computer DUMMY, Steve must have info & pictures on his site. Yes, it's a #3 Sporter 54 cal. Jay Y.

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Jon K
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Post by Jon K » Wed Jul 21, 2010 4:22 pm

Jay,

What are you loading with tubes and with loose powder?

What kind of accuracy?

Jon

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Post by Jay Yuskaitis » Thu Jul 22, 2010 1:20 pm

Jon, I'm using 777 fff now, 45 grains by weight in a 1 3/4" "Charlie Tube" or poured directly over bullet in the chamber. Very accurate when I do my part with both bullets. I've gotten 2" 5 shot groups at 100 yards. Loading direct or with "tubes" point of impact is the same. When using black I used 70 grains by volume in 2" "tubes" or directly into the chamber. Both loads are quite stout in my sporter. Using 777 has allowed me to fire 60 rounds with no binding whatsoever, as long as I kept the chamber clean. 60 rounds was all I had with me at the time. Had a hard time getting 8 rounds with black. To each his own.
Jay

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