54 caliber projectiles

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    Sparkitoff

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    I have a traditional .54 that has a 1:24" twist. Previously I used 535 grain conicals but that seemed like a bit much for some of the game I would hunt. I used them with 80 grain powder and got a reasonable trajectory to 100-yards. Most of the .54 conicals that I see are in the mid-upper 300 grain range, but I shoot 300 grain conicals in my .50 and the .54 PRB's are 230 grain. So, I found some old stock .54 conicals that are 430 grain. I think they will work well with the ROT and have enough weight to offer a bit more than my .50 conicals or the PRB if I feel the need. I am hoping they will run a bit faster than 535's with the same charge and offer a little flatter trajectory. There are a few critters that I may lean towards the heavier .54 conicals and those are Nilgai and maybe Eland. Otherwise, I will use them when I just feel like using that rifle and I know the 430's are plenty for deer/hogs/bear and even elk. Does anyone have experience with .54 conicals or some information for me to consider before I sight in and get serious with these 430's?
     
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    Loyalist Dave

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    bubba.50

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    T/C maxi-balls, maxi-hunters, Lyman plains bullets, and Hornady plains bullets are all in the 1 ounce range (420 to 440 grain) and the heavier of the two Lee R.E.A.L. Bullets is 380 grains I believe. All of these should do well in your gun with that fast twist.
     

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