Group, I'm considering my first muzzleloader, and am looking at the Pedersoli Rocky Mountain Hawkens. This will be used strictly for target shooting with round balls. Is there any advantage to the 54 cal vs. the 50 cal? Thanks.
Seriously, IMHO for target shooting I'd go with the fifty maybe even a thirty-six. What is ultimately going to make the difference is the firearm itself, the amount of charge for that firearm, and the patch and ball combination.
Developing a load for ball and cap black powder is akin to developing a load for modern cartridge firearms.The difference is you don't need the dies and press.
I'd go with the 50 cal. Simply because my 50 tends to shoot a tighter pattern than my 54. Both are Investarms Hawkins. Hope that was helpful.
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The bigger calibers are better shooters. As far as target practice goes. We all know the wind. Affects all bullets and the smaller the caliber, the worst it gets. Especially muzzle loaders. Do to the fact of low muzzle velocity out the barrel. The 36 cal and below, you have to factor in the wind, Don't get me wrong. I have a 36cal flint lock and it is a good shooter. But when it is windy I'm better off with a big caliber. Like my TC 54 or Pedrsoli 45. Putting more powder in the rifle. Does help but not much.
This is just my opinion. My wife says my opinion does not mean much. She a better shot then me. And she never practices much.
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