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Old 01-26-2008, 10:18 PM
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I am planning on taking my new cva buckhorn to the range tomorrow and i have some hornaday 45-240 xtp mags with high velocity sabots and they came with a chart that only shows using 150 grains with these bullets and sabots and was wondering if it would be alright onlt to use 100 grains or would i hafta use 150 since they are magnum bullets? any input would be a big help


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Old 01-26-2008, 10:27 PM
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Depending on what powder, if pyrodex, 100-110 grains is plenty.
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Old 01-26-2008, 10:33 PM
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100 grs of pyrodex rs is fine. I just got my first deer this year using the .430 44 cal 240 xtp with 85grs of pyrodex p.
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Old 01-26-2008, 10:40 PM
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im actually using tripple seven pellets
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Old 01-26-2008, 10:46 PM
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2 pellets is fine. I'd consider switching to loose powder so you can fine tune your loads.
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Old 01-26-2008, 10:46 PM
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what gander said and let me add it's little cheaper too.
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Old 01-27-2008, 07:29 AM
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No, you do not have to use 150 grains just because they list them at that and call the "magnum bullets". That is for advertizing for those that buy into the magnum hype. The only thing using 150 grains does in most cases is make the gun kick harder, the deer won't be any deader. It does get your flatter shooting, but for most muzzleloading ranges, that is not an issue.

For example, my load for elk uses 90 to 100 grains of 777 (loose). I can hold dead on out to 120 yards. And that is with a 370 grain T/C maxiball. Sabots would be flatter shooting.
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Old 01-27-2008, 08:13 AM
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You will find better accuracy with 100 grains, better control, less flinching, and just a much more pleasant range session. The XTP is not a high speed projectile anyway. I shoot them with as little as 80 grains of powder with excellent accuracy, and as much as 120 grains of loose powder.

Be sure to swab the barrel between shots, and I think you will find they shoot real well. I have a CVA Staghorn Magnum which the Buckhorn Magnum replaced. 90 grains of loose powder is the magic number for it. So 100 grains of pellets I will guess is the magic number for your rifle.

If you ever see some 250 grain Shockwaves, give them a try. Again with 100 grains of powder. Actually the CVA shoots a lot of projectiles excellent. And my Staghorn has an excellent trigger to boot..

Good luck at the range. We will be waiting for your results and impressions of the experience.
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