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    Number of shots before cleaning and accuracy

    I am new to black powder. What can I expect for accuracy after several shots through without cleaning? While trying to zero in a scope I was able to load several power belts shooting with 777 100 gr. without too much effort. I did suspect fouling was reducing accuracy. Or maybe just me? First couple of shots were tight. I was trying to adjust scope to sight in. Either the loss in accuracy was me , scope or fouling. Any comments are appreciated. Shooting the CVA Optima 50 cal. Heading back to the range soon to work this out.
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    When at the range, I have a small dish detergent squeeze bottle filled with slightly soapy water. After every shot, I run a soapy patch down the barrel followed by a dry one. This way, barrel condition is consistent from shot to shot for sighting in, maximum accuracy, and ease of loading. When hunting, the wet patch is a “spit” patch, followed by a dry one, before I reload, thus still maximizing accuracy and keeping the rifle easier to load.
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    Thank you will soap the barrel next time
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    Get some Blackhorn 209 and don't look back. Loads easily and cleanup is usually a couple of wet patches of Hopes #9 followed by a dr patch. I believe in it.
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    I shoot a 50 cal CVA Wolf with 777 and a cast Lee REAL bullet with Lee Alox lube and a card fiber wad. I have gotten 3 shots into one hole at 50 yards without cleaning but have never gone any further than that. At the range when working with a load, sighting in, etc, I clean every shot: two wet patches with Windex with ammonia D, two dry patches, one patch with Breakfree CLP, two dry patches. When done, I follow the same routine, and after the last two dry patches I coat the bore with the Breakfree CLP.........then a few dry patches before I shoot again, or load for the hunt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by horseshoe View Post
    Get some Blackhorn 209 and don't look back. Loads easily and cleanup is usually a couple of wet patches of Hopes #9 followed by a dr patch. I believe in it.
    Agree 100% easy to clean, not near as corrosive as others, less smoke, very good accuracy out of mine. Won’t shoot anything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by horseshoe View Post
    Get some Blackhorn 209 and don't look back. Loads easily and cleanup is usually a couple of wet patches of Hopes #9 followed by a dr patch. I believe in it.
    Agree 100% easy to clean, not near as corrosive as others, less smoke, very good accuracy out of mine. Won’t shoot anything else.
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    I usually run three shots and then take the breac plug out and run a brush down the barrel coated in #9. followed by some dry patches. repeat every three shoots at the range when checking or adjusting the scope.
    never tried the Windex patch but going to now
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    I clean between every shot except if the deer is down and flopping.
    I never hunt with a fouled bore either.
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    Sack - 2 pieces of advise; Switch to Blackhorn 209, great stuff - very consistent, less aquaphilic, clean, easy cleanup with standard powder solvents. Most of the folks in our Muzzle-loader camp have switched to BH209 and Barnes TMZ 250's - great accuracy and devastating terminal performance, penetration, blood trails.......



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