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Old 07-10-2009, 08:56 PM
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I took a trip to the range this morning to check my sights for this falls hunt. There are a couple things I learned. One, I could not get my FPBs to shoot consistently at all. Maddening considering the bullets cost a buck a piece. I don't know whether it was because I modified the tips to make them CO legal. Well, I was relieved to find that the Great Plains 385 HP groups very nicely, consistently. The fiber optic sights that come on the Encore 209-50 barrels are huge. It is hard to get precision hold with these sights, but I managed decent groups and I will not be shooting at game beyond 150 yards.

Two, volume measuring is the way to go. I guess blackpowder hunters were right the last several hundred years. I weighed out a dozen precise charges with my electronic despenser, I feel they were all wasted while shooting the FPBs today. I put tick marks on my powder tubes for field reference in an emergency. Well, I used the front seat of my truck to visually fill the tubes to roughly the same spot, 100 gr by volume. My accuracy was better using this method and the GP 385's. Time to get my 100 grain brass dispencer out.

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Old 07-10-2009, 09:23 PM
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My T/C Hawken flinter likes 90 grains of Goex FFg with the 385 grain GP, 385 grain Buffalo Bullet, and the 395 grain Lyman 508656. It sounds like you're ready to go hunting.

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Old 07-11-2009, 07:05 AM
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Sounds good. I am using the Blackhorn 209 substitute for now.
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Old 07-11-2009, 11:11 AM
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100 grains of BlackHorn 209 and that big Great Plains conical... you have a real game taker there. I have shot the Hornady FPB's and had good luck with them but could not push them hard.
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Old 07-11-2009, 12:37 PM
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Yeah, I hope it stays that way. If I can get away with just throwing volume loads out of my brass dispenser and using the 385 GP bullet, that would be enough for me and I wouldn't tinker with it again. I didn't try for one great group, I just know the bullets were reliably going where I was aimed, several times at 100 yards. I would move the rear sight to get closer to the bull and I finally walked it in there after 15+ wasted rounds of FPBs, plus 9 GP 385's. Thing is that I can still hold reliably after the session, I guess I was angry after the wasted FPBs and half can of Blackhorn, I was on a mission if you will.

I am very fond of the STS 209s, 385 grainer, and BH 209 at the moment.
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Old 07-11-2009, 04:48 PM
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My rifle will shoot the 385 very well. The 410's were fantastic and for the life of me I can't understand why they got rid of them. I am sitting on 25 boxes of 410's for one of my rifles. Ron
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Old 07-11-2009, 06:08 PM
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It is very impressive you have that many boxes of that bullet. I only have one box of those.
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Old 07-11-2009, 09:43 PM
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Well after I shot this group and others like it but a little bigger.



And I shot a couple of bucks with them.



I figured I needed to have some on hand. I got a hunch that they were going to stop making them. The industry is going lighter and faster, I could see that the 410's were going to be too big and slow for the times. I got every box I could get my hands on. I have enough for that rifle for a while and if I run out I can use my paper patched bullets in it. Ron
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Old 07-12-2009, 07:58 AM
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Great group and great deer. I can see why you like to keep some of those bullets around.
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