The max load for 209 is 120 grain and you must use a standard shotgun primer. I use 110 gr blackhorn 209 with a 290 gr barnes sabot. It is a hot load but it works for me. I did not start there but worked up to it
Great site! I found it by accident while looking for info on muzzleloaders. I have been reading the ML posts to help me decide which one to get. I recently purchsed a Traditions Vortek UL. I also picked up the Hornady SST 250 gr. and Pyrodex 50/50 pellets. I had a Bushnell Sportview scope in the closet that I mounted on the gun. I am waiting for this triple digit heat to subside before heading to the range. It's just too hot! A friend of mine also picked up a ML. He got the T/C Bone Collector with a Zeiss Conquest scope. We are heading to Ohio this November to hunt in Harrison county. I was born and raised in Cleveland and still have family and friends there. One of my friends has about 60 acres south of Freeport near Smyrna that we will be hunting. I was lucky enogh to get an 8 pointer there 2 years ago and hope to be lucky again. What is the general concensus on the Hornady low drag sabots, the ones with a "tail" on them?
I have Traditions Pursuit XLT and have found that mine shoots better with the loose Buck Horn powder.
I just found this site also and this is my first post.
I have the Traditions Vortek UL and a Vortek pistol also.
I tried the pellets first then switched to pyro RS for more consistent loads. I got much better groups.
I got tired of having to clean the bore after every shot and switched to blackthorn 209. No more cleaning at the range and the breech plug doesn't get stuck, not to mention it loads very easy now.
I cast my own bullets and have tried conicals, sabots and round balls.
I have finally settled on a 450 grain cast lead .458 bullet in a Harvester crushed rib sabot. I use this in pistol and rifle.
The rifle shoots them minute of angle out to 150 yards. It might do well farther but have never tried it. I get 1557 fps at the muzzle with 90 grains of BH 209. I went up to 100 and groups opened up a bit and recoil was stout.
In the pistol I use 50 grains of BH209 and get about 900 fps. It shoots 2 inch groups at 50 yards. I guess I should add that I put a red dot sight on it.
I have put in excess of 400 rounds through the rifle with no malfunctions.
I know you will like your rifle as much as I like mine.
I drew a ML tag in NM and go hunting in a few weeks. I can't wait.