Discussion in 'Smoothbore' started by Enfield58, Oct 22, 2019.
Got one also. Pietta Navy Arms 12 ga. jug choked, converted to flint.
As long as we are crowin' a bit:
I took the Pedersoli 20 gauge to the range yesterday. We didn't bust any clay pigeons but I wanted to see what it would do with the round balls.
The round balls were cast from a Lee double cavity mold in .595. The patches were .015" pillow ticking with beeswax/vegetable oil lubricant. I used 72 grains of FFFG powder; which is the same for the shot charge.
I shot off hand at some steel plates at 25 yards. I didn't have time to move the plates back to 50 yards as other shooters were ringing them with their C&B revolvers.
Using a center hold and off hand I was able to hit an 8 inch plate fairly consistently. People were looking at me like they had never seen a grown man giggle like a 3 year old before. Geesh! Some people have too much of a stuffed shirt attitude these days.
I forgot to add that I had to use a short starter for the left barrel which has a modified choke. I could start the right barrel with the delrin rod.
I must have cast almost 400 round balls before the Lee mold broke. I have mixed feelings about Lee molds. Some of them that I have work great; others don't.
In the Howdah pistol, I use the Pedersoli cast .614 round balls with 52 grain powder charge and the same pillow ticking. The rounds are tight but I get minute-of-tiger-head accuracy at 10 yards.
Those balls will only go down the right barrel of the shotgun and that's without any patch.
I also tried a couple of one ounce loads of 00 buck with the same powder charge at a 16 inch plate at 25 yards. It rang it pretty good but I could tell what sort of pattern it made.
So, I promise to get some rounds and pattern on paper to show everyone.
What powder/shot combination are you using for the 20 gauge?
I have a Lee mould for my ROA that is about as old as the pistol - that is, 35 years. It's just fine.
I also have a .45-70 bullet mould for 405gr bullets - they are NEVER less than 413gr, so it's gathering dust.
...and so is the 500gr version that never yet cast a bullet weighing less than 422gr....
Being stuck in "No Lead California" I had to get creative. 75 gr 2f Goex, overpowder card wad, 1/2 inch cushion wad, and 1 oz of Sphero Tungston 18 (
https://www.ballisticproducts.com/SpheroTungsten-Super-Max-18-7-15-lbs_jar/productinfo/STSS071/ ). This shot is harder than barrel steel and much heavier than lead, so I used a heavy duty shot cup ( https://www.ballisticproducts.com/TPS-20ga-2-3_4-unslit-wad-250_bag/productinfo/0722044/ ) trimmed to fit the shot load and capped it with an overshot card.
Here is a discussion about the hunts: https://www.muzzleloadingforum.com/...ho-is-going-and-what-are-you-shooting.113969/
And about the shot: https://www.muzzleloadingforum.com/threads/spherotungsten-shot-anyone-tried-it.113788/#post-1556418
Great articles. Thanks for sharing.
I have a Pedersoli 20 guage as well...for 2 seasons used as my primary dove shotgun. Superb choice. Shooting friends love to watch me shoot in the distance...they see smoke then hear the bark. Buy it!
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