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Old 08-27-2009, 01:49 PM   #1
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I have a new Endeavor in .50 cal. What are some successfulloads with a 250 gr. Shockwave?
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Old 08-27-2009, 03:21 PM   #2
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just start with a 250 grain shockwave, Harvester SB sabot and 110 grains by volume BH209. If it is like the rest of them you will not have to look for a different go to load for hunting whitetail.
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Old 08-27-2009, 04:32 PM   #3
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just start with a 250 grain shockwave, Harvester SB sabot and 110 grains by volume BH209.
IBB, has recommended a very good load. Not the one I would use but a lot of people do...

The only thing I would suggest especially if you have a new Encore - is do not buy a bunch of sabots until you decide on the bullet diameter. The Harvester Short Black is an excellent sabot but in some tight bore TC barrels you may not get it down the barrel especially if you are shooting a new barrel. You might have to try the thinner 45/50 cal sabot such as the Harvester Crush Rib or the MMP HPH-3p-Ez load.

For a suggestedprojectile I would first ask, what are you hunting? and at what ranges do think you might be shooting? and then do you want to purchase a expensive (premium) bullet or would you rather shoot an less expensive bullet that will also perform very well?

His suggestion of BH-209 for a powder is also good choice it is an excellent powder but it to is very expensive. If you are an occasional shooter/hunter with a ML go for it. If you shoot as much as I do - I can not afford it - so I stay with T7, but I can get a full pound for $20 versus $30/$35 for 10 ounces.

Good luck in your hunt for the right combination - sometimes it takes a bit of time...

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Well here is what mine likes. The 200 gr Lehigh with 140 gr BH209 and a Blue MMP 50/40 sabot. Best load for accuracy in my gun the groups run from .7 to .95 and I believe the variation is due to the shooter.
The 250 gr SW & SST and FTX with the short Back Harvester sabot 110 to 140 gr groups run from 1 inch to 1.25 depending on the load. Second best
the 250 gr Lehigh 110gr BH same sabot groups 1.1 to 1.2
the 250 gr Gold Dot with the 300gr + Harvester sabot 110 gr BH209
the 200gr SW 130 gr BH groups right at 1 inch
The 200gr bullets are very good and very flat shooting but require a different sight setting in my Endeavor. If you want to see some of the groups I shot this week I posted the targets in the "Range Report " thread which should still be on this page somewhere. Lee
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Old 08-27-2009, 07:21 PM   #5
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just start with a 250 grain shockwave, Harvester SB sabot and 110 grains by volume BH209. If it is like the rest of them you will not have to look for a different go to load for hunting whitetail.
What is BH209
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Old 08-27-2009, 07:53 PM   #6
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Old 08-28-2009, 03:21 PM   #7
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110grains of BH209 did well for me with the 250gr shockwave. I jst had a issue with my blackhorn getting damp after 3 days of use in the gun. I had my first misfire in 14 years of ML'er hunting so I stopped using it. It grouped AWESOME for me though. I'm very picky about cleaning my gun and so forth so I just dont want to risk a misfire again on a 150inch buck.

im thinking of trying the new white hot pellets also... but a safe combo that shoots great in the endeavor is a 250grain shockwave and 90-110grains of Triple Seven.. whether you shoot 100grains of the pellets or 90-120 grains of the powder, you will be happy!
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The 250g SW is dead accurate out of my Endeavor with 120g of BH209.

I prefer to use a 250g Barnes T-EZ, 120g BH209 and a CCI 209M primer.
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My Endeavor really likes the 200 gr SW. Shot three, three shot groups to check the speed and grouping of different weights of BH 209 at 100 yards. 100 grains, .69 , 1946fps, extreme spread of 41. 110 grains, .57, 2067fps, ES of 15. 125 grains 1.02, 2200fps, Es of 5. I did not weigh these charges. I was using T C u- view measure. For my hunting load I have settled on 113 grains at 2100 fps. It is 2 and 1/4 inches high at 100, and 4 and 1/2 low at 200.
It shoots about 1 1/2 inches higher for each ten grains of powder. Exactly the same horizontal. These nine shots would make about a one inch group horizontal.
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Hey Daniel, are you any relation to SgtMaj Arndt?
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