You're obviously not talking to the right muzzle loaders!Ebjonnes said:Why is it that muzzle loaders are the only shooters that dont weigh their loads?
Metford established that for a 5 grain variation (using 90 and 95 grains charge) there was a 4.5 minute change in elevation at 1,000yds (that's 45 inches!) and at 500yds about 2.25 minute elevation change (11.25inches).Dan c said:A 5 grain increase or decrease has little or no effect on groups at given ranges and one can easily throw consistent charges from measures or scoops that stay within those tolerances
I am and do along with many muzzle loaders world wide. You might like to know the the USA is hosting this years World Long Range Muzzle Loading Championships in September. Matches at 300, 500, 600, 900 and 1,000yds. Here in the UK the Long Range Rifles Branch of the MLAGB holds an annual aggregate match shot at 1000, 1100 and 1200yds.Dan Chamberlain said:I am not a 1000 yard muzzleloader, nor do I shoot 500 yards. I'd bet not one in 10,000 muzzleloaders do!
Probably so, but as no mention had been made of ranges in earlier posts I was merely explaining the impact on elevation in long range shooting.Dan Chamberlain said:If you fire a heavy conical at 100 yards, using a 95 grain load it is seriously doubtful that increasing the load by 5 grains will drastically alter your group, either in size or point of impact.
That is a significant difference if you are a target shooter, as I am, and totally unnacceptable. The 10 ring on a standard 100m international target only measures 2".Dan Chamberlain said:If 5 grains causes your group to shift 2 inches at 100 yards, that is - in my book - "little or no difference!"