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Old 11-09-2017, 12:55 PM
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I recently picked up a CVA wolf and am new to the modern muzzleloader scene. I have a few questions for you all. Do these rifles like loose powder or do they function better with pellets? Another thing is I was curios about if my hollow base bullets will work good in this or should pick up some the sabot bullets?
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mine function better with black powder, rifle and pistol. seem to get a better burn.never cared for pryrodex.
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mine function better with black powder, rifle and pistol. seem to get a better burn.never cared for pryrodex.
Amen. Black powder works the best. I think a lot of folks use substitutes because it is hard to find places that sell BP in their area.
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I use real black powder for my flintlocks, I dont know why I didnt think of using it in a modern inline, I guess all people I have talked to use pellets.
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In general real black powder burns with more power than the substitutes.

Your average BP inline rifle uses between 100 and 200 grans of powder.

In order to tune a BP rifle and load you have to be able to vary the amount of powder used in each charge. The correct amount for your rifle might be 120 grains or 145, or something in between. The user of lose powder has to add, subtract, multiply and divide.

Pellets are a set capacity and can not be divided safely.

Your average pellet user only has to count up to 2, perhaps 3 in a pinch.

See where I am going with this?
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The pellets are way over priced. If you cant find real black powder in your area look into Hodgden's Tripple 7 powder or Pyrodex RS powder. Most Walmarts carry both.

Otherwise check out Graf's for ordering real black powder if you cant find it locally. I'd recommend you order at least 5lbs to make the $20 hazmat fee worthwhile.

https://www.grafs.com/graf-black-powder

You need to google gun shops in your area to find real black powder as most gun shops don't carry it. Bass Pro advertises that they carry it, but I've found it's rarely in stock.
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I still, being in South Carolina , source my powder from re-enactor groups.......
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I bought the same rifle for my nephew earlier this year as he has become interested in BP hunting. I buy him the sabots in bulk and cast 300gr .44cal bullets to use in them. I added a Cabellas 3-9X muzzle loader scope and it does great. He is using Pyrodex (loose, not the pellets) and it seems to work well.
Awhile back I was at one of the larger sporting goods stores and got curious about the pellets (I am a traditional shooter and only use true black powder in traditional guns) . A 1lb bottle of Pyrodex was $21. I worked out the equivalent amount of pellets (1lb of powder) and it came to something like $38.00/lb for the pellets. Pretty big price to pay to have someone measure out your powder for you. The other disadvantage it seemed for the pellets was that it is very hard to incrementally adjust your loads like I often do with the loose powder.
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