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Old 03-19-2018, 09:54 PM
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Hope one or two of you folks might have a great plains hunter in 54 that may share proven load info.

This is the one with 1/32 twist. More suited to conicals than RB.

Really looking for a good bullet and powder brand than specific powder charge as I'll work my way up. Each rifle performs differently.

Lots of info on the gpr which has a 1/64, so specifically looking for the hunter version.

Thanks for any info!
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Old 03-26-2018, 10:12 PM
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Anyone have the GPH in 54?
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Old 03-27-2018, 01:30 PM
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"More suited to conicals than RB..."
... maybe
A lot of folks obsess over twist rates, but the plain fact is it's something you are stuck with unless you change barrels
I have several 54's and shoot mostly PRB in them. Of course the longrifles all get only PRB, but the others I do mix up sometimes between conical & RB just for fun & sometimes hunting, altho these days I pretty much stick to PRB even for elk in the 54s.
My recommendation is this-
Pick the projectile you want to use and get out and shoot a range of loads of the brand & grade of BP you have available to you. Starting with 60gr and working up carefully with 3-shot groups until you see where peak accuracy is for your particular barrel. If you are intent on shooting mini's then you don't have the patch thickness variable so its a bit simpler. Let the rifle tell you where its 'Final best load' will be, it will be different for every rifle and/or mini weight. That's one nice this about RBs, they always weigh the same per caliber

BTW, I doubt that " proven load info" would transfer from one barrel to the next, if you are after best accuracy, you need to experiment. It is a bit of work, but also a lot of fun. keep careful records of your loads and you will discover what your gun likes. A good ramrod with a comfortable ball-bearing handle will make the long sessions a lot less torturous too !
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Old 03-30-2018, 08:26 PM
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Thanks Bob, I'll give the PRB's a try along with the conicals.
Appreciate the response
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My local gun shop has a GP in 50 cal that is in good shape but seems to be a little rusty in the bore. I can get it at a good price but should it clean up well enough that it wont bother with the performance?
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Depends on how rusty it actually is, and it's not easy to tell until it's thoroughly cleaned and inspected.

I never buy a used BP gun unless the bore is bright, and I'm willing to pay a bit more for it. IMO, it's no different than a CF rifle; rusty bore is a no-go.

Plenty out there that that have been put away dirty to rust, and plenty that have been well maintained. Often times the price isn't too much different between them if you can wait to find a nice one.
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My local gun shop has a GP in 50 cal that is in good shape but seems to be a little rusty in the bore. I can get it at a good price but should it clean up well enough that it wont bother with the performance?
Drop a .45 Auto empty open end first into the barrel and let it fall down to the breach end. Then shine a bore light down the barrel. This is the best way I know to check inside of barrel.
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Drop a .45 Auto empty open end first into the barrel and let it fall down to the breach end. Then shine a bore light down the barrel. This is the best way I know to check inside of barrel.
They make brass LED lights you can drop down the barrel that work great.
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They make brass LED lights you can drop down the barrel that work great.
I had one of those at one time and somehow misplaced it.
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I had one of those at one time and somehow misplaced it.
Check inside your barrel.
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