greetings from Alpine, east of el cajon. shoot on my property (600 yd range). New to this cap and ball sport waiting on my first one to arrive. Been a center fire guy for 60+yrs. Looking forward to this new sport. Only shoot steel and paper now.
ITX is very accurate. Shoots the same as lead out to 100 yards in my .50 woodsman. Same powder charge as whatever you use for lead but it will likely need a thinner patch since it's really hard. Don't count on any expansion. Think of it has performing like hard cast lead. If you happen to recover a ball, you'll likely be able to just clean it off & fire it again and again. The ones I've pulled out of the dirt are barely scratched & weigh exactly the same as before I shot them. Mind your backstop, though -- ricochet potential is high since it won't deform. Yes, you're good to go with that as a lead-free alternative since ITX is an approved shot for shotguns too.Hello
I have 1975 TC .50 Hawken and I'm wanting to use here in CA. I purchased the TomBob Outdoors’ ITX muzzleloading round balls, but have not fired yet. I tried contacting TomBob a while back, however, they could not provide any load or ballistic info.
Question: Has anyone on here tried these and have any info regarding load and patch? Does anyone know of any other product I can use legally in this gun?
If you cast some bismuth alloy, just be aware that it will expand 0.002" after cooling. So they're a pain to get out of the mould and that .480 ball ends up measuring about 0.482 once cooled off. Temps are lower too -- 550 or so is just perfect for the bismuth alloy while alloyed lead wants 650-700. Personally, I prefer casting the bismuth because I can do it on an electric hot plate and it's much more forgiving.Thank you for the very thorough reply. You're the first person Ive run into that has used this product extensively. I also like the idea of casting bismuth too. Is your barrel 1:48 twist? Or does that matter?