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.44 conical accuracy?
I have a Replica Arms/Armi San Paolo 1860 Army and a Euro Arms 1858 Remington that I used to shoot a lot back in the late 60's-70's. I earlier had a .36 caliber 1851 Navy that I traded off because it wasn't accurate. The 2 .44's aren't any better. 8"-9" groups at 20-25 yards. I have tried .451, .454, and even .457 round balls with various powder charges. I even ran across some period style conicals years back that were made in a period style with no grease groove, and these were even worse. Is the rate of twist in these barrels not condusive to using a bullet of that shape, length and weight? I recently noticed a suppler of mine has .452 200gr RNFP bullets he sells to the Cowboy Shooters. Was wondering if these might work lubed with SPG, and if any of you have tried such a thing. From what I have heard the originals were much more accurate than this. I have had an urge to go back to them, but it isn't a lot of fun with that poor accuracy. Any ideas or suggestions? FYI: I use real black powder only.