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Well, I finally had a decent day health-wise and decided to break the new off of the Traditions Crocket rifle. I shot at 25 yards using Swiss 3F and a mixture of Hornady round balls and some round balls I cast using a Lee mold. I started out at 15 grains using some pre-lubed .018 pillow-ticking patches I got from TOW. My initial shots were a little loose and crazy with a wide pattern. My neighbor came down to participate since he had never shot an ML, I spent a lot of time explaining the process and let him shoot some. I didn't try to shoot too well with him there since he struggled with shooting. After he left, I increased the powder charge to 20 grains and got more consistent groupings. The best group of four shots was about 1 1/2" but I think I can shrink that more with more practice provided my right arm and hand isn't shaking too much. All in all, it's been a great day shooting my new rifle and I was tickled my cast round balls worked so well. Thanks for taking the time to read this.
 

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I shot a few store-bought Hornady .315 round balls but mostly shot my cast which is .311 diameter. It seemed to like the .311's and they grouped a little better. Yes, I did make the ball bag and put the finishing touches on it yesterday. Thanks
 
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Well, I finally had a decent day health-wise and decided to break the new off of the Traditions Crocket rifle. I shot at 25 yards using Swiss 3F and a mixture of Hornady round balls and some round balls I cast using a Lee mold. I started out at 15 grains using some pre-lubed .018 pillow-ticking patches I got from TOW. My initial shots were a little loose and crazy with a wide pattern. My neighbor came down to participate since he had never shot an ML, I spent a lot of time explaining the process and let him shoot some. I didn't try to shoot too well with him there since he struggled with shooting. After he left, I increased the powder charge to 20 grains and got more consistent groupings. The best group of four shots was about 1 1/2" but I think I can shrink that more with more practice provided my right arm and hand isn't shaking too much. All in all, it's been a great day shooting my new rifle and I was tickled my cast round balls worked so well. Thanks for taking the time to read this.
I think it looks great. Thanks for posting
 
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Sweet, nice rifle and darn good christening grouping. You're going to love the smallbore muzzleloader thing, less lead, less powder and lots of fun on paper, plinking or hunting.
Thank you and I think you are right. I own several 50-caliber percussions, one flintlock, and a few with the new-fangled primers, but this is the first rifle that is smaller than a 45 and it impressed me so far.
 
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