Post by elkman1310 on Feb 23, 2018 14:43:23 GMT -5
Jeff has been turning quite a few of these into muzzleloaders and they all seem to shoot good. I bought this one to keep as a 45/70. My first impressions are good the SS mat finish is nice and the gun points well and it balanced pretty nice with a decent size scope this gun weighs 9.0lbs . I mounted a 4x14 Bushnell Legend I had laying around since this scope ring combo on the gun only uses one scope tubes the scope base and ring set are very solid.
I bought two boxes of Hornady 325gr ammo that way I had a base line to work from and also would end up with the brass to reload. Well after bore sighting this gun at 25 yards I saw that the scope was almost out of adjustment in elevation not a good thing. You can get some pretty crazy results when mounting different scopes in the same set of rings. I was able to get it on paper at 100 yards but the scope of almost out of adjustment I don't like to shoot a gun that way so I crank the elevation knob down so I new it had enough spring tension on the erector cell . Shooting this gun compared to the 450BM is about the same in recoil even though your shooting 325gr bullets compared to 250gr bullets. The extra weight in the rifle helps tame this cannon down. The accuracy was flat out amazing for factory ammo 3 shots well under 1" without any trouble I also shot it out to 220 yards on are metal swinger and had no trouble hammering that plate.
My next tests will be with Barnes 300gr originals I plan on using H4198 powder since that has always worked the best in the past my target velocity will be around 2400fps which I think is doable. That load will make this a very good performing gun out to 350 yards.