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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-15-2008, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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Question What's the best way to sight in this gun?

Hello all!

After finding this sight through Google, i decided to join and ask a few questions:

I have a Traditions Springfield Hawkens model .50 cal muzzle loader with open sights.

I was wondering if anybody has this kind of gun, and what is the best way to sight it in, and at what range.

I've shot it a few times already (Bought it new) and it is shooting to the right and up about 4 inches diagonal from the bullseye at 20 yards (!). But it was grouping within about 2 inches in that same spot. So i guess that's pretty good.

I'm using 100-125 grains of Pyrodex RS (FFG equivalent) powder with Remington No.11 percussion caps, and Thompson/Center MAXIHUNTER 275 gain bullets/slugs (Whichever you'd call them, they look like shotgun slugs to me :) ) I'm going to be using traditional lead balls with patches from now on, however, because they are cheaper and i wanted to go more traditional...

Thank you for your answers in advance. I appreciate how clean this forum is compared to the "norm" that's out there


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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-15-2008, 01:39 PM
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Welcome from Ohio. Most likely the barrel rifling twist is 1-48" which means it will shoot slugs/bullets ok, and patched round balls ok. This is a compromise twist as a good round ball barrel would be 1-60" to 1-70" and good bullet/sabot barrel will be 1-28". I shoot 90 grs 3f black powder in my 50 cal. If my memory serves me, someone will surely correct me, you move the rear sight in the direction of the holes. Move the rear sight up and to the left to get the bullets to strike lower/right. Guys is this correct?
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-15-2008, 01:48 PM
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i believe you move the sights the direction you need to go-need to go right move right. my buddies and i have had many a discussion about this, usually on the range before shotgun season. good luck and welcome!
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-15-2008, 02:04 PM
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That's my problem, memory.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-15-2008, 03:59 PM
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move the rear sight to the right to bring the shots right and lower the rear sight to bring the shots down.

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