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Thompson 54 cal Renegade Question

Old 11-05-2002, 11:04 PM
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Have a 54 renegade - couple questions -

one since it's a kit and done - will a 50cal barrel fit the stock? (to change caliber)

no - I suspect

So - will it shoot Hornady 240 grain sabots (1/48)I think.

Shooting conicals and patched round balls, your lucky to hit the long side of a barn!

Loads started at 68 and went to 100. 85 or 92 gets me close when at 50 yards - everything else is lost.

Any ideas? Picked up some 240 grain XTPs to try in it tomorrow. Shooting pirodex ffg
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Old 11-06-2002, 03:43 AM
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I don't have a 54 renegade ,but i do have a 54 hawkins and greyhawk both with the 1;48 twist.The 240 gr hornady sabot shoots good in both of them and so does the buffalo ball-et in 310 gr and the powerbelt copper hp 348 gr.
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Old 11-06-2002, 04:48 AM
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It will fit as long as the barrels are the same diameter.
Is yours 1 inch wide? Green Mountain makes nice drop-in barrels.
Get the fast twist barrel for sabots. They make a sloe twist for
roundballs too. Call Pecatonica. They are about $161 with shipping.



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Old 11-06-2002, 08:03 AM
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I have a 54 T/C Hawken, same thing nearly. Mine will shoot very, very well with patched roundball and 80 gr of FFg black. It will not shoot a roundball well with Pyro, burns through the patches. If you lightly lube a relatively TIGHT patch and play with some loads of black, I bet you can get something you like.

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Old 11-06-2002, 06:28 PM
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I think that read somewere else on this forum about 1 in 48 twist not being worth a sh%&....



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Old 11-07-2002, 01:24 PM
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I also have a .54 caliber T/C Renegade which was a kit about 20 some years ago. It also has a 1-48 twist. I found that 80 grains of Pyrodex RS, a .015 lubed patch (not pre cut in my case) and a hornady round ball is an accurate load. I also shoot LEE Bullets I make. They are 300 grain conicals. They are really accurate with 90 grains of Pyrodex RS under them. I have shot the 426 grain Buffalo Bullets, and they are fine with 90 grains of Pyrodex RS. I shot ballets once, and they were real accurate with 80 grains of Pyrodex RS. I shot sabots once out of it. They seemed to shoot all right, but I do not like the plastic they leave in the barrel. You can order a replacement barrel from Green Mountain, but I see no reason to change caliber. I think if you hunt with the .54 caliber, you will find it very accurate, and hard hitting. I have taken deer at 80 yards with a round ball, and shot right through them, and dropped them where they stood. I have hunted and shot deer with this rifle for the past 20+ years, in my opinion, you got a great rifle right there...... good shooting. Keep a journal of your charge and loads, it comes in real handy for future reference......
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Old 12-03-2002, 10:50 PM
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Shot tonight for a while with the renegade. Changed to a Thompson Peep site on tang and shot 85gr of FFG with 240gr Hornadys. On paper at 100 5" high and too the right and didn't have a allen wrench small enough to adjust the rear sight but pretty convincing group of 5 shots at roughly 4". Pretty pleased with that. I'll experiment with the loads a little more after making the adjustments. Thinking 3" high at 100 should put me on at 150. We'll see. Really like the peep vs the standard ramp. Switched the front to a fiberoptic sight too.

Shot my Black Diamond too. Ready for my flight tomorrow to DC and if all goes well back to VT this weekend for a quick two day hunt! BD is shooting good groups too but wish I had a peep on it for this trip. Thanks for you help and all. Nice two have too frontstuffers that are on!
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Old 12-04-2002, 09:51 PM
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I went to the T/C peep sight 5 years ago, with a white fiber optic front sight, and I agree, it makes a nice shooting rifle. Sounds like you are closing in on your sweet load, and once you find it, you can tune it to what ever you want. Sounds like you really have a good shooter there. Good Luck...
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