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Anyone out there have any experience deer hunting with a Kentucky rifle in .45? I cant seem to get mine dialed in. What bullets/powder/patches work for you?
I've been using a .440 ball with .010 patches. I just got some .018 patches I'll try out this weekend.
 

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I alway used .445 RB and I think .018 patches with 70 grains 3F. Look for some patches down the range and see if they are burned up, usually too loose if they are. I set my sites to 80 yards for deer
 

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I alway used .445 RB and I think .018 patches with 70 grains 3F. Look for some patches down the range and see if they are burned up, usually too loose if they are. I set my sites to 80 yards for deer
Thanks for the info. I'll try a .445 ball and see how she likes it.
 

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Triple7 might be burning up the patches. It burns hotter than real black and some subs. Try a lubed wool wad between the PRB and Triple7.
 

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Someone on here once told me to ditch the Pyrodex and 777 and buy real black powder.
that solved any and all issues with mine (50 cal )
Goex brand sold at Grafs and Sons near St Charles.
 

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I use FFF American Pioneer synthetic powder and it’s WAY better than real black powder. So much easier to clean. I’m shooting a .50 but should be fine in .45 as well.
 

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Took three deer with a CVA 45 percussion side lock. Two with round balls and one maxi ball. All projectiles home cast. All FFF Goex real black powder.
 
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