Loading Sabots or Conical Bullets When Using Loose Black Powder or Granular Pyrodex

The procedures for loading sabots or conical bullets when using loose Black Powder or Pyrodex are basically the same as when using Pyrodex Pellets; the only difference being that instead of dropping Pyrodex pellets down the bore, you will be pouring premea-sured charges of Black Powder (FFG) or Pyrodex (RS) powder. As with pellets, care should be taken to seat the sabot firmly against the powder. Do not pound it. Again, mark your ramrod at the muzzle, ensuring that each time you load; the projectile will be seated at the same depth.

If you are loading an all-lead conical like T/C's Maxi-Ball or Maxi-Hunter, proceed as follows; do not use a cloth patch with these projectiles. They should be lubed, and are designed to be shot as cast (not sized). T/C Maxi-Balls and Maxi-Hunters now come from the factory prelubed. However, if you find some unlubed bullets, we recommend that you lube these bullets with an all-natural lubricant, free of petroleum, like T/C Natural Lube 1000 Plus Bore Butter. Maxi-Balls and Maxi-Hunters do not have to be sized. Sizing will alter the diameter of the forward bearing band, and this will destroy the accuracy of the projectile and dangerously decrease its diameter (a loose fitting projectile can move off the powder charge). When loading a Maxi-Ball or Maxi-Hunter bullet, you will note how only the forward most bearing band grooves to the rifling when loading. The base of the bullet upsets (increases in diameter) on firing, causing it to fill the grooves, thus stabilizing the projectile.

When loading sabots, do not lubricate them. They are intended to be loaded into the muzzleloader just as they come from the package. In fact, for best results, it is recommended that all evidence of oil or lubricant be removed from the bore before loading a sabot - the drier the bore the better for optimal accuracy.

Hold the rifle as pictured on page 28 and pour your measured powder charge into the barrel. Start the lubricated bullet or sabot into the bore with your fingers. The base of the projectile will enter the bore easily with finger pressure. Drive the projectile down about four inches into the barrel with the rod end of the starter. Using short strokes with the ramrod, push the projectile the remainder of the way down the barrel until it contacts the powder charge. The sabot or conical bullet must be seated firmly against the powder charge. Seat the projectile with exactly the same pressure shot after shot. Study Photo "A". Remove the ramrod before you prime the firearm.

After the projectile is seated tightly against the charge, mark your ramrod to indicate the correct loaded depth of the powder plus the projectile (as shown below)

PHOTO A

Using short strokes with the ramrod, push the projectile down the barrel and to seat it against the powder charge. PROJECTILES MUST ALWAYS BE SEATED FIRMLY AGAINST THE POWDER CHARGE.

After the projectile is seated tightly against the charge, mark your ramrod to indicate the correct loaded depth of the powder plus the projectile (as shown below)

PHOTO B

Mark the ramrod at the muzzle. Use a pencil to mark the ramrod. This will allow you to ensure that each projectile is seated to the same depth. Erase and remark each time you adjust the charge or change projectiles. when you arrive at the desired charge, cut a clean notch in the ramrod so you will have a permanent reference mark. This reference mark will serve as an indicator only with the charge and projectile used when it was marked. When the charge and/or projectile change, the reference mark will also change.

Mark The Ramrod

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