What accuracy do you get at 300yards with 45??

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Did you ever see them shoot at three hundred yards?
It’s a hoot. They shoot, clean their guns, have a cup of coffee( tea if they’re British) Then sit down to check their spotting scope. Usually their in time to see the impact. Perhaps I exaggerate a bit. I love it when they’re shooting gongs. Bang wait for it, wait for it, wait….. inhale ‘thunk!’
That made me lol a lil bit & reflect waaaaay back around 30yrs ago when a buddy took me to the private 200m shooting range he belonged to. We were shooting .223’s & 7.62x39’s and he broke out the only .54 or .56 Hawkens I’d ever seen & asked me if I’d like to shoot it. I had only shot .50 Hawkens & the Pa rifle I very briefly had at that point. He loaded it up with a PRB & let out a thunderous boom & grey cloud of smoke, it stopped the whole firing line to see what the he!! Had just been shot. There was a gong hanging at the 200m hill & we managed to get a cpl shots on it. It really did seem like there was enough time to make a sammich between trigger pull & impact. Those round balls hit that gong so hard it surprised everyone on the firing line. That’s the only time to this date that I’ve shot that big of a caliber & a sidelock that far.
Earlier this yr I got this custom .50 1:24 & decided to put a Lee Shaver mid range Soule with Hadley cup & a P&H front globe to use this gun for benchrest target shooting. I have my own 400yd backyard range & bench.
I would love to eventually compete with this gun. I’m testing out pure lead cast conicals in 330gr, 350gr,
420gr NE’s, 465gr solid long nose, & 515gr.
I just recently got everything together that I needed to start shooting it.
 

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Nice setups! You might need to trim some tree branches when you’re shooting the 515’s at 400 yards… keep us posted, I’m interested to know how the longer bullets handle that rate of twist. Beautiful rifle by the way. Just gorgeous!
 

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Nice setups! You might need to trim some tree branches when you’re shooting the 515’s at 400 yards… keep us posted, I’m interested to know how the longer bullets handle that rate of twist. Beautiful rifle by the way. Just gorgeous!
Thank you BK, much appreciated. I hope the gun likes the 465gr solid long nose bullets as much as I do. If not, I may look into getting a mold of that bullet scaled down to 400gr & try that. The 420gr NE's should shoot well in it.
Yeah, I know I'll need to do some maj tree branch trimming on my range to shoot the whole 400+ yds with this gun for sure.
Thank you for the compliments on the gun itself. I got it from a fellow MML member & there are pics of it in MML.
 
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Thank you BK, much appreciated. I hope the gun likes the 465gr solid long nose bullets as much as I do. If not, I may look into getting a mold of that bullet scaled down to 400gr & try that. The 420gr NE's should shoot well in it.
Yeah, I know I'll need to do some maj tree branch trimming on my range to shoot the whole 400+ yds with this gun for sure.
Thank you for the compliments on the gun itself. I got it from a fellow MML member & there are pics of it in MML.
Dang! I haven’t been checking in there lately, completely missed that one or we might have had a bidding war! Hah!
 

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Hello, I have a custom 45 percussion rifle with 1 in 27" twist. I'm shooting a 400g bullet and getting 5 shot groups at 300 yards of 6", i.e. 2 MOA.
I'm rather unhappy with this. What type of accuracy to you guys get at that range and what 45cal rifle do you have. I use open peep sights so I guess using a scope would be other than the context of this question.

You're going to want to read The Muzzle-Loading Cap Lock Rifle by Ned Roberts. It's mostly about target shooting at 40 rods (220 yards) with iron sighted, muzzle loading rifles. Look at what groups they get and how they measure the groups, then apply that to your results for comparison. Mr. Roberts was well acquainted with the best shots of his day.

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Hello, I have a custom 45 percussion rifle with 1 in 27" twist. I'm shooting a 400g bullet and getting 5 shot groups at 300 yards of 6", i.e. 2 MOA.
I'm rather unhappy with this. What type of accuracy to you guys get at that range and what 45cal rifle do you have. I use open peep sights so I guess using a scope would be other than the context of this question.
Pfffft, I'm getting shot groups the size of a quarter at a 1000 yards with my .45 flintlock pistol!
And Morgan Fairchild is my wife! Yeah, that's the ticket!

Seriously, 300 yards? I'd be thrilled to hit the paper. I was gushing with groups at 100 yards shooting patched round balls from my Pedersolie .45 Kentucky Long Rifle
 

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It is a period style scope, 9x. The rifle was built in 1885. Also have an original tube sight for it. This is a full-on target rifle that shoots a heavy paper patched bullet. Here is another photo, 10 shots at 300 yards from about 23 years ago. It is the last time I competed at the NMLRA matches.
Mules ear, most are under-hammer ! Is the nipple platinum lined ?
 
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Did you ever see them shoot at three hundred yards?
It’s a hoot. They shoot, clean their guns, have a cup of coffee( tea if they’re British) Then sit down to check their spotting scope. Usually their in time to see the impact. Perhaps I exaggerate a bit. I love it when they’re shooting gongs. Bang wait for it, wait for it, wait….. inhale ‘thunk!’
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That made me lol a lil bit & reflect waaaaay back around 30yrs ago when a buddy took me to the private 200m shooting range he belonged to. We were shooting .223’s & 7.62x39’s and he broke out the only .54 or .56 Hawkens I’d ever seen & asked me if I’d like to shoot it. I had only shot .50 Hawkens & the Pa rifle I very briefly had at that point. He loaded it up with a PRB & let out a thunderous boom & grey cloud of smoke, it stopped the whole firing line to see what the he!! Had just been shot. There was a gong hanging at the 200m hill & we managed to get a cpl shots on it. It really did seem like there was enough time to make a sammich between trigger pull & impact. Those round balls hit that gong so hard it surprised everyone on the firing line. That’s the only time to this date that I’ve shot that big of a caliber & a sidelock that far.
Earlier this yr I got this custom .50 1:24 & decided to put a Lee Shaver mid range Soule with Hadley cup & a P&H front globe to use this gun for benchrest target shooting. I have my own 400yd backyard range & bench.
I would love to eventually compete with this gun. I’m testing out pure lead cast conicals in 330gr, 350gr,
420gr NE’s, 465gr solid long nose, & 515gr.
I just recently got everything together that I needed to start shooting it.
looks great to me ninering
 
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Hello, I have a custom 45 percussion rifle with 1 in 27" twist. I'm shooting a 400g bullet and getting 5 shot groups at 300 yards of 6", i.e. 2 MOA.
I'm rather unhappy with this. What type of accuracy to you guys get at that range and what 45cal rifle do you have. I use open peep sights so I guess using a scope would be other than the context of this question.
 

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You're kidding, right? If that's factual as to your groups, you're in the highest rank imaginable.
I think your right , but he didn't mention sight being used . If a long range venier like Lee Shaver sells
I own one on my 74 Sharps 17 twist /PP 530 gr Elliptical (BACO), entirely doable at twice that yardage by folks like Lee (international title holder) and most certainly not by me (for sure) !
 
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