Tried searching the forums, because I would bet this has come up before, but found nothing . Here's my deal:
I have a Savage in-line smokeless capable .50 cal muzzleloader with a bolt action for the primer. I used to hunt with it in NY where I grew up. You can use smokeless powder there, so that's what I did. I want to apply for some of the muzzleloader restricted hunts this winter, so I have started shooting with Triple 7, and I took my certification course yesterday.
I am getting a LOT of fouling. I thought maybe it was normal, but in the trial shoot yesterday, I was the only one that cleaned his bore even once, and I had to clean mine three times, basically after every two shots. Even after 1 shot, I get so much fouling that it's tough to get the ramrod with a cleaning patch all the way down the barrel, and then it gets stuck all the way in to the point that I have to set the gun between my knees and pull up on the rod with both hands to get it to move. It's a real pain, and that's after just one shot!
My gun is designed for 209 shotgun primers. Are those too "hot"? I know they pack a hotter punch than the percussion primers others use. Am I using way too much powder? I'm putting down 100 gr vol Triple 7 FFFG to push a saboted 250gr bullet. That's the recommended charge. My father recommended trying two 50gr pyrodex tablets, so I'll check that out and get back to you, but I know there are some fanatics (no offense intended ) on this site for just about everything. Would one of you care to offer some opinions? I'd sure appreciate it. THanks! -Gr