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1863 Remington @ 50 yards
Just got back from the range (april 19th) tried a whole bunch of different things, some worked, some didnt! What worked for my 1861 Springfield is as follows. 35 grains of 2fg, .577 minnie with base of minnie 2/3rds full of wax, with a wool wad filling the other 3rd. powder goes in, followed by a half of a 12 gage wad, lubed, then minnie, then the other half of the 12 gage wad. ,scattered 5 rounds all over the place. 2nd test. 40 grains of 2fg and all of the above, got a nice 3 inch group (5 shots) about 6 inches high and 6 inches to the left. 3rd test, 45 grains of 2fg and all of the above, group? opened up at about a foot. Pix didnt turn out, sorry. Tried the same loads in the 1863 Remington with no success, blows them all over the place. However, tried pyrodex, worked up to 50 grains, 1/2 of a 12 gage wad on top of the powder, then a hand lubed .577 minnie and nothing else. got 4 pretty decent rounds and 1 flyer, prolly need to weigh the bullets. 35-40- and 50 grain loads of 2 fg didnt work at all, picky rifle! aiming point was the bottom target