I'm ordering supplies and have some questions

OdawgpOdawgp Member Posts: 5,380
I am looking to shoot PRB out of the new hawken. its a 50 cal.

I have looked online and have found there to be 2 patch sizes .010 and .015
there are also 3 dia of rdb. .480,.490,.495

question is, which do i use?
how would i find out?

I have read about slugging the barrel but find that to be rather archaic. I don't plan on shooting comp. I feel that slugging is just a little over board for what i want.

It was much easier to buy supplies for the inline it took 50 cal. So this is all new to me.


  • OregunnerOregunner Member Posts: 129 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    My .50 T/C Hawken likes .490" round balls & .015" patches.
  • mongrel1776mongrel1776 Member Posts: 894 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by Oregunner
    My .50 T/C Hawken likes .490" round balls & .015" patches.

    I build muzzleloaders -- generally .50 caliber roundball rifles. The combination of .490" ball and .015" has worked well in every rifle I've owned or test-fired before passing it on to its new owner. It loads relatively easily and shoots more accurately than I can.
  • allen griggsallen griggs Member Posts: 32,935 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    My TC Hawken likes .490 balls. I use that pillow ticking from Dixie for patches, I think it is .015
    No need to slug the barrel, after all, this is a primitive weapon.
  • OdawgpOdawgp Member Posts: 5,380
    edited November -1
    thanks guys i will get the 490's on the way and will try the .015 patches.
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