So yesterday I wanted to work up a roundball load for the rifle. Most Hawkin rifles are powder hogs, so I guessed that it would like 100 grains of Graf's & Sons 2f and a moosemilk patched cast roundball.
Most my shots hunting are 30 to 50 yards max. Most of them 30 yards. So I brought the target in to 30 yards. I knew I had the sights close but never dreamed I was this close.
I was shooting 100 grains of Graf's & Sons 2f black powder. The reason for this is black powder is consistent. No matter how dirty it is, or what people think of black powder, if you want accuracy, shoot black powder. It will amaze you. I was also shooting cast ball I purchased from Gander Mountain. They are .490 diameter. And to set them of course I use 100% pillow tick with moosemilk I spritz right before loading.
I swabbed the barrel clean of any oil, popped a couple caps through it and loaded up. My first shot was real good I thought, just off the dead center of the bull at 30 yards. Without swabbing, the next two really started getting me excited.
After that I started shooting roundball.
This was the patches. They look beautiful out of that rifle.
Then I decided I wanted to try some sabots out of this rifle. I was told that these Precision Rifle Extreme Hollow Point 300 grain, would shoot well out of a 1-48 twist. Well I was surprised how well they shot. This time I had a two inch dot.
This was the first shot. I did swab with a spit patch between shots.
When I did not swab, it did throw them a little bit. But over all I was kind of impressed with these Precision Rifle Extreme HP 300 grain sabots.
Then today I wanted to shoot it more. A person I talk to wanted to know how well it would shoot at perhaps 75 yards....
Well that question haunted me all night. So today I put another three inch Birchwood Casey Red Dot Bulls eye on the target, duct taped up all the old bullet holes so as not to confuse me.. Pulled up stakes at the 30 yard and marched it back to 75 yards. Well I discovered at 75 yards the snow was frozen too hard to drive the PVC legs into the snow. But I was able to find a spot at 72 yards where I could get it to stick with some bracing. So that's the best I could do, 72 yards. Man that three inch orange dot is small back there. I actually got readings of 70,72, and 77 yards, but I got 72 yards more often through my Bushnell Sports Pro range finder.
This was holding that orange bull in a six o'clock hold making a 8 out of the front bead and the bull. The first shot on a clean barrel surprised me. The next two over joyed me.
I kept on shooting the ball without swabbing until it was time for shot #6. So I swabbed the barrel clean using Simple Green Cleaner, then dried it with alcohol, patched it dry, and popped a cap. Loaded and shot #6. I was not pleased with #6 but that's the way it goes.
At the end of the day the target looked like this... I stopped walking up there to check the target between shots, as it was a walk on ice packed snow. Where that one came from, I have no idea.
But to answer ther person's question of how well would it shoot at 75 (72) yards.. Not to bad at all.
I also bought a Thompson Center New Englander .50 caliber with a wood stock, and I bought a .45 caliber stainless steel 1-28 twist Green Mountian Barrel that fits this Hawkin. So I have a lot of shooting to do...
Edited by McBruce, 08 June 2009 - 08:31 AM.