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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-14-2004, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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I am the proud owner of a new Encore 209 x 50. In the course of reading the manual I came to the section on load recipes and then the section on exterior ballistics. Looking over the ballistic tables at first glance the sabot looks to be a superior projectile over the conical. But then I recall how many times I have heard that sabots cannot be driven to those maximum velocities achieved with 150 gns of Pyrodex or Triple7. So with this in mind I take another look at the ballistic tables... My manual lists a 350-370 lead conical driven with 150 gns of pyrodex has 1072 lbs of energy remaining at 150 yards. With a 100 yard zero this bullet lists 4.6 inches of drop at 150 yards. Looking at the tables for a sabot with a similar trajectory I find the 275 grain XTP loaded with 100 gns of pyrodex(which sounded to me like a realistic max load without sacrificing accuracy) the 275 XTP has a listed 1014 lbs of remaining energy at 150 yards. With a 100 yard zero that bullet has a listed 5.7 inches of drop.
Although I would opt for a sabot more weight for hunting, the example I gave was a bullet that had a similar trajectory as the conical. I understand that there are high BC sabots available like the PR bullet..Dead Center, but my point is for the guy that doesn't want to spend the extra cash to buy a dozen bullets with their mated sabots, he may be better off to purchase a conical mold rather than buying a bulk package of sabots and using low ballistic coefficient pistol bullets.
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348grn powerbelts shoot very well in my Encore. (connicals)

I buy far, favor the 220grn DeadCenter, and the 300grn .44cal. DeadCenter. 8)
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220 grain dead centers have been great performers in my 209X50. Sub-MOA performance.
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But then I recall how many times I have heard that sabots cannot be driven to those maximum velocities achieved with 150 gns of Pyrodex or Triple7.
Nor can conicals.
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Does accuracy fall off around the same MV for sabots and conicals?
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My manual lists a 350-370 lead conical driven with 150 gns of pyrodex has 1072 lbs of energy remaining at 150 yards. With a 100 yard zero this bullet lists 4.6 inches of drop at 150 yards.
Your Encore manual is a little different than my Omega one. Mine does not show the downrange ballistics. I do have a couple of points to make though.

1. A 350/370 gr conical kicks like a mule even with lighter charges.

2. A concial with a muzzle velocity over 1300 (I think that's the number) will seriously lead the bore. My manual shows a 1661 fps M.V. for that load. You would have to clean (not swab, CLEAN) your barrel after every shot.
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Does accuracy fall off around the same MV for sabots and conicals?
Like Wolfhound mentioned, the effective limit for pure lead lubed conicals is 1400 - 1425 fps or so. So, the answer would be no-- as 2100 fps is easy to find with a 220 gr. Dead Center for example, with accuracy.
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Thanks gentlemen. You have saved me time and money from going down the conical road.
Now I will continue to pursue making my own high BC bullet mold to be shot out of sabots. I am considering the .429 caliber because a long ogive would flatten out and bend less on firing than a smaller caliber.
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I am considering the .429 caliber because a long ogive would flatten out and bend less on firing than a smaller caliber.
Not sure where you got that idea (noses don't flatten) -- if you are going to mold, you might want to get some of the blue .40 / 50 sabots from MMP -- and look for a 210 - 220 gr. .40 caliber mold.
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That's what I'll do then. I'll start out with a 40 cal mold.

note* I was talking about a trying to make a 7 caliber tangent pure lead rifle bullet in a .357 diameter. A bullet like that looks like a spitzer point bullet you would shoot from a centerfire rifle. I was thinking that the long thin nose may become mishaped or even bent upon firing. I was all set to make that bullet mold and I read where lead bullets will mishape upon firing, that's why I thought would go with a larger caliber like .40 or .429. I appreciate everyones comments, I am somewhat new to the blackpowder world, my experience is in the centerfire benchrest and benchrest bullet swaging. thanks again.
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