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TC New Englander

Old 01-02-2007, 02:36 PM
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Early in our marriage, my wife bought me the TC New Englander kit for Christmas, ( the honeymoon phase)and for a first try it came out pretty good. I'm now planning to start shooting it again and am interested in some suggested bullets and loads that I can get a start with.Conicals or sabots, I won't be fussy. I'm going to keep it simple, open sights and probably a 75 yard maximum distance on deer. It's a .50 with a 1:48 twist.
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Old 01-02-2007, 02:58 PM
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ive got 2 of these and its not a picky gun at all.70-80 grains of pyrodex with patch round balls or the thompson center 370 grain maxi balls i couldnt get sabots to shoot in it at all. i prefer the maxi balls for hunting. i bought the mould and make my own but you can also find people that make them on ebay way cheaper than buying thompson center ones. youre gonna love that gun!
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Old 01-02-2007, 03:03 PM
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My friend has the same rifle and he has hunted for years with 70 grains of Pyrodex RS and a T/C 370 grain Maxiball. He has shot deer as far as 75 yards, and has never lost one yet.
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Old 01-03-2007, 11:24 AM
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I have a T/C New Englander that I have taken a bunch of deer with! It's 50 cal percussion. I've had it for 15+ yrs, it's a great gun! I did change the sights on it though. I put a front sight on that has the fiber optic bead. That helped my aging eyes sooooo much!

When I first got the rifleI had a heck of a time coming up with a load that would shoot consistently accurate. I tried different conicals and various sabots. After much testing and frustration, I hit on the right combination. My New Englander loves to spit out the T/C Maxi-hunter lead conical. This is a 370 grn bullet loaded on top of 90 grains 2F. This load is mighty big medicine on whitetails. When hit with this, a whitetail rarely makes it out of sight and the blood trail is tremendous!

One more thing, my rifle is over 15 yrs old and I really believe it actually shoots better now than it did in the beginning!

You got a good gun. Have lots of fun!
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Old 01-03-2007, 03:04 PM
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I had a 54 new englander wood stock and this gun can shoot my load was 95 grains of 3F goex a wad under the hornady patched RB ,I replace the rear sight with the t/c hunter peep and a front fiber optic bead love the gun.
I also light the weight of the gun could carry this thing all day,but leaning more into flinter did sell it to a guy in texas who will not part with it.
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Old 01-07-2007, 07:49 PM
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I also had a heck of a time working up a load on my New Englander. I just spent the last two weekends at the range.

I had a tang peep installed because my eyes are getting worse and I can't line up the iron sights. T/C did it (I sentthem the tang and they mounted it).

Anyway here's what works for me at 50 yds. I cleaned the bore after every shot
275gr TC Maxi-hunter 85 grains FFg triple seven
320 gr TC Maxi-hunter 100 gr FFg

My next task is to work up a load for the PRB. I'm still 4 inches high at 50 yds with 65 gr FFg (.490 with .015 lubed patch)

When I first bought the gun I was shooting Sabots and they grouped real well at 50 yds with 100 gr FFg Goex BP but I decided I wanted to shoot the maxi's instead.

Gruntr Huntr - how did you get the front sight off? Is it one piece?
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Old 01-08-2007, 02:35 AM
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The front sight on the new englander will need a brass drift pin and hammer and you will need a padded vise to mount the barrel and check the dovetail and see which side has the taper
Williams makes a fiber optic front sight .450
I had a small problem with my new englander always shot high I had to return it to they relazered the barrel (bent it)
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Old 01-08-2007, 01:46 PM
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Looks like I will have to try the Maxi's as it seems a few of you have had success with it. I would like to hear about more conicals that might be worth a try. How about the Hornady Great Plains?
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Old 01-08-2007, 03:05 PM
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WOULD LOOK AT THE REALS CONICALS AND A WAD UNDER THE BULLET.
I TRIED THE HG PLAINS CONICALS AND THESE WERE THE ONLY CONICAL THAT GAVE ME TROUBLE LOADING SOLD THEM ALL
320 grain mac-balls alwaus shot great using a wad and 80 grains 3F
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Old 01-08-2007, 04:32 PM
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Had oneShot patch ball ok out to 50-60 yards... Good luck...

I my self would get a inline
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