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    I'm taking my muzzleloader test coming up in April. Decided to get into it this year. I've had 2 tc hawken .50 caplocks for forever and they just sit in the cabinet. Just take them out to clean them every once in a while. My dad and grandfather used to hunt with them years back and have passed them on to my brother and me. My questions are, if anyone uses one for deer, what size load do you use? My dad says he used to use the round balls and the FF powder, but dosent remember how many grains of powder and what not. And said my Grandfather Also tried the maxi balls. I'm going to be taking them out to the range soon and would like to get them smoking. Also, how do you guys clean them? I've heard just the bucket of hot soapy water and the cleaning rod works best? Any tips?
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    Hundred grains powder or pyrodex and get the Hornady Great Plaind bullet! I knocked deer off thier feet with them back in the 80's! Hottest soapy water and good bore brush works wonders. Good luck!They are alot of fun, but on rainy days expect misfires....
    "IF YOU'RE GOING THROUGH HELL...KEEP GOING!" Sir Winston Churchill

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    Hey thanks for the tips. Should be at the range some time next week with them! And yea my dad was telling me stories of all his muzzleloader hunts back in the day. Said he enjoyed them the most out of any season. I'm pumped and it's only march lol

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    Simon Peters carries the Great Plains bullets, also Pick Rich's brain on loads and what cap to buy, he is very knowlegible about that. Good Luck
    "IF YOU'RE GOING THROUGH HELL...KEEP GOING!" Sir Winston Churchill

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    Thanks I appreciate it. I'll have to take a ride there maybe on Friday

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    T/C's overview and manual for the .50 Hawken, and there are some recommended loads in here as well to get you started.

    http://www.tcarms.com/assets/manuals...ken_Manual.pdf
    If only Jack O'Connor had written about the .270's effectiveness on Zombies, he might be known today as a decent gun scribe, and that cartridge might enjoy more widespread use...

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    I use only 75 grains of ff in my hawken and found that to be mOre accurate than 100 gr. I use the round ball and there is barely any kick. I know a guy that killed a recordbook moose with this load.

    And soapy water works good to clean them out

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    I use 90gr. and power belt bullets in my .54 Hawkens. Soapy water for cleaning.

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    My CVA Hawken .50 cal likes 80 grains of pyrodex and a 375 grain maxi hunter bullet

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    I used to used 85 grains and TC Maxi-hunter bullets for my old muzzy. It always worked great
    I once got a small deer discount from the butcher

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