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JohnR 08-20-2011 04:40 PM

New guy & new Traditions Vortek UL
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?

daddus1 08-20-2011 06:14 PM

welcome to the club JohnR.
I'm assuming you have a fifty caliber? The combo you mention sounds reasonable and will probably work for you. If you are like a lot of us on this site we like to experiment with different combos. Let us know how you do.

BruceBruce1959 08-21-2011 08:43 AM

Greetings from Vermont and Welcome to the Club.
The load I'm using for my Vortek is the "Traditions" 250 grain SmackDown SST's,
(The Super Shocked Tip (SST) Bullet was designed specifically by Hornady® to perform under muzzleloading velocities)
with two 50/50 Triple 777 pellets by Hodgdon, and Remington Kleanbore 209 primers.
I haven't been able to do much shooting with my Vortek but right out the box at 100 yards this rifle proved to be ready for hunting which isn't usually the case with any muzzleloader.
Good Luck on all your hunts and with your new Vortek.

JohnR 08-22-2011 05:04 AM

BruceBruce1959 those Traditions SST sabots and Remington primers are what I have. I am using the Pyrodex vs. 777 though.

Hunting Man 08-22-2011 10:16 AM

I would give 777 a try and then take a look at Black Horn powder, right now the king of the hill for in-line black powder rifles rated for 209 primers.

daddus1 08-22-2011 12:28 PM

I've shot all types of black powder and substitutes but since I'm using Blackhorn I won't go back.
It is a little more than the others but I feel worth it.

timberghost 08-22-2011 01:40 PM

Hey JohnR welcome to the site buddy.

buckfever 08-23-2011 12:10 AM

Howdy HO and welcome. Enjoy the new ML.

JohnR 08-23-2011 05:16 AM

OK. Thanks for the info. Will have to get some Blackhorn.

JohnR 08-31-2011 02:11 AM

What is a good starting point when using the Blackhorn powder?

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