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First time out with 50-70
Jul 19th, 2021 at 7:55pm
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Just got my #5 Rolling Block back from JES reboring so loaded up a few to see how it shot before sending it off to Curt Hardcastle for him to fit the extractor and fine tune the action if needed.  Since I don't have a mould I bought 50 cast bullets sized .512 515141 and 50 more of the heavier 515142.  Just guessing for a load I used 25 grains of 5744 in each.  I was surprised of the light recoil.  The 515141 shot fair but the rifle really liked the 515142.  Shooting was done at 50 yards and no cleaning between shots.  First two pictures are of 515142 with the first 5 shots and the second 4 shots as I get one to set the seating die to.  The last group was with the 515141 bullet.  I am happy as a clam at high tide.  Tom  Grin
  
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Re: First time out with 50-70
Reply #1 - Jul 19th, 2021 at 9:45pm
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Isn't that a good feeling first time out and you see that group and you say to yourself, "yeah, it is worth the cost"
Nice grouping.
Should do well at 100.
Wouldn't want to stop a chunk of lead that big & heavy.

Bob
  
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Reply #2 - Jul 20th, 2021 at 6:50pm
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Looks good Tom. My JES Rebored 
Sharps does not like the 515141 , but an Accurate  mold at .512 and 470 grains shoots well out to 300 with 1F Bp. Keep up the good work.
  
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Reply #3 - Jul 22nd, 2021 at 5:23pm
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All my 50-70s, except for an early Shiloh infantry rifle, are original.  They all, including the Shiloh have slow twists and do great with the standard 50-70 government bullet (515141).   But,  I don't consider any of  my 50-70 rifles target rifles.  Makes it a lot easier to be happy with them.

George

  
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Reply #4 - Today at 8:56am
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Those are some very fine groups. 
You make me realize that I have simply got to get my .50-70 roller finished. John Taylor installed the Green Mountain 1:24 twist barrel on a re-arsenaled 67/89 Swede action and chambered it to .50-70 for me years ago. Wood is from Treebone, fitted by friend Tim Rossbach. I still need to have the barrel blued and front sight installed. No excuses! I bought the Buffalo Arms .510 600-grain Creedmoor mold for it.
  
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