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Old 03-01-2012, 07:17 AM
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After shooting pellets for the last 10 years I'm ready to try some loose powder. Bought a new ProHunter last spring and though it shoots pellets well, as you guys know, I have to swab between each shot. Looking to try BH209. What should a newbie like me use to measure my powder? Do I actually have to weigh my loads or will those tubes with measurement lines on the side do the trick? Any and all comments and help is appreciated. thanks
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:25 AM
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The Thompson center u view # 7222 is a great one for measuring powder. weighing is not needed.start at 100gr and work up in 5 gr increments,until you find the sweet spot as far as accuracy is concerned, which is usually about 110 gr BH209..have fun!
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:49 AM
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The Thompson center u view # 7222 is a great one for measuring powder. weighing is not needed.start at 100gr and work up in 5 gr increments,until you find the sweet spot as far as accuracy is concerned, which is usually about 110 gr BH209..have fun!
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:53 AM
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Loose powder is a great idea. And that T/C measure is hard to beat. Make sure your primers are hot if shooting BlackHorn 209. And good luck.
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:34 AM
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+2 on the T/C U-View measure. They also make a good U-View powder flask that allows you to easily see how much powder is in it.
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:08 AM
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Thanks guys!
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Old 03-01-2012, 06:00 PM
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Only thing I would add is to start at 90 gr of powder. My most accurate elk loads are 90-95 gr of BH 209. Plenty of power at that level and less kick, both for the the shoulder and pocketbook.

For the most part loose BH will be 15% more powerful than you pellet loads. In other words, if you normally shoot 110 grains of pellets, you only have to shoot about 95 gr of BH for the same power/velocity.

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Old 03-04-2012, 07:23 PM
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Be careful though. The clear graduated BH209 tubes do not measure the same as the T/C Clearview. I'm not sure which one is correct. Anyone know?
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Old 03-05-2012, 04:46 AM
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IMHO, If I were you, I would consider going to Blackhorh 209s wed site and read up on this great powder, many of your questions will be answered from the source of the powder.

You already have internet access to post here, so a simple search of "Blackhorn 209" will easily find their web site full of the manufactures recommendations and FAQ , and load data, does and don'ts.

I personally find a load of 80 gr V to be more than adequate for all of my BH209 needs. I find no need to magnumize, and as already posted it is easier on the bank account.
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Old 03-05-2012, 05:45 AM
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If you have the ability to weigh your charges, I would for BH209. Besides electronic scales are inexpensive. just as easy to pickup a scale, compared to a measure.
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