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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-25-2019, 08:51 AM Thread Starter
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Default .50 Maxi ball...the good,the bad and the....

In my previous post I enquired about sabots versus casts in the CVA rifles..I started to look around for. moulds on eBay.It seems if the maxiball comes up fairly regular.Where these moulds in abundance or don't they do good.Have any of you shoot it in a sabot and with what results. Don't think paperpatching is an option with this profile??
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Patching isnít an option with the bullet in question. Itís a deeply grease grooved bullet with deep grooves to hold lubricant. To patch it, youíd need to run it through a sizing die roughly 0.007Ē to get two wraps of college ruled paper. Different papers would require more or less resizing. Itís made to shoot as is and I seriously doubt anything could be gained by patching
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My .50 cal flinter is the one that shoots the 370gr Maxi. They are lubed, and used without patch, paper, or sabot.

My old hunting partner had the Lyman mould for it and used pure lead from melted down sewer pipe. His creations are about .003" oversize compared to the prelubed factory made Maxi, and, in my flinter, will shoot about a 2" group @ 50yds with open sights the 1:48 twist, using 90 grs of Goex 2F. He purchased his moulds from Dixon's Muzzleloading shop in Kempton Pa.

As for performance on game, with very few exceptions, the deer react as if struck by lightning, provided the bullet placement is correct.
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When I got into muzzleloading in the late 70's, those maxi balls were all the rage. I still shoot a patched round ball in my flinter, and it still kills those deers just as dead as jacketed sabot bullets do in my modern muzzleloaders.
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I have a Thomson Center Impact with a 1-28 twist. I just tested some 460grn No Excuse lead bullets today and it put 3 shots into just over an inch at 50 yards. Tried the 420grn bullets previously, but the rifle didn't like them as well.
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You're not going to get a .50 Maxiball into a sabot and then down the pipe of a .50 barrel. It would be possible with a .45 Maxiball, but there are much better projectiles if you are going to use sabots.

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