Muzzleloader Powder Charge Questions
I just received a CVA "PR423 Hawken Rifle - Premier Grade" .50 Cal (.490) from my dad, who no longer used it. I've been shooting and reloading metallic cartridges for decades, but have never owned a muzzle loader before. I won't be shooting it much, but do want to try it. The manual calls for 50-90 gr of 2f or 45-85 of 3f black powder, but I had planned on using Pyrodex. I know pyrodex and black powder charges compare by volume not weight, so how do I determine the correct pyrodex load without having black powder to compare volumes? Or, should I just use black powder? For projectiles, I have 170 gr balls and 275 gr TC "maxi-hunter" bullets. Do powder charges need to be adjusted for different bullet weights as with metallic cartridges? Thanks for any info.