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#2294069 - 11/15/17 01:58 PM Have to use a hammer to load Sabots
muzziehead Offline
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Registered: 05/22/02
Posts: 7255
Loc: Central Alabama
I just pulled my muzzleloader out of the closet and cleaned it up and made sure everything was in good condition. I go out to shoot it and I literally had to use a hammer to get the load started down the barrel. The barrel is clean and was treated with bore butter. Shooting the same loads I have always shot which is the Shock Wave in Mag Express Sabots with 150 grains of Hodgdon triple seven powder.

Any idea why it would be so hard to load. In the past I have just been able get it started with the ball and then finish packing it with the rod.
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#2294083 - 11/15/17 02:08 PM Re: Have to use a hammer to load Sabots [Re: muzziehead]
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You done got soft
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#2294093 - 11/15/17 02:14 PM Re: Have to use a hammer to load Sabots [Re: muzziehead]
jmudler Offline
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Posts: 4398
Loc: HSV AL
Different box/pack of ammo?
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#2294138 - 11/15/17 02:39 PM Re: Have to use a hammer to load Sabots [Re: muzziehead]
Stob Offline
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Registered: 06/03/12
Posts: 4722
Loc: Daphne, AL.
A hammer should not be in your possibles bag.

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#2294139 - 11/15/17 02:39 PM Re: Have to use a hammer to load Sabots [Re: muzziehead]
muzziehead Offline
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Loc: Central Alabama
same box of ammo I used last year. I can't figure it out and I'll be damn if I am going to carry a hammer with to the stand.
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#2294255 - 11/15/17 03:57 PM Re: Have to use a hammer to load Sabots [Re: muzziehead]
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Power Belts would solve that problem.
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#2294299 - 11/15/17 04:36 PM Re: Have to use a hammer to load Sabots [Re: muzziehead]
muzziehead Offline
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Loc: Central Alabama
I was thinking it had to be something to do with plastic holder because the bullet itself will slide up and down the barrel without the cover. I have Some Powerbelts and may have to switch over to them, but have to resight everything again. Probably just stick with my bow
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#2296592 - 11/17/17 12:45 PM Re: Have to use a hammer to load Sabots [Re: muzziehead]
Wiley Coyote Offline
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Loc: North Alabama
What brand of rifle is it?
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#2304769 - 11/25/17 12:31 AM Re: Have to use a hammer to load Sabots [Re: muzziehead]
DEADorALIVE Offline
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Bet it's a CVA...every CVA I've ever tried to load ShockWave's in was the exact same way! Like Top Cat says, Power Belts solve that problem.
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#2305123 - 11/25/17 01:34 PM Re: Have to use a hammer to load Sabots [Re: muzziehead]
deadeye48 Offline
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Registered: 12/16/16
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Wrap some 0000 steel wool around a 20ga brush and mop the bore then come back and lube. sounds like your bore butter may have dried and caked onto the bore but my remedy will solve the issue
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#2305158 - 11/25/17 02:06 PM Re: Have to use a hammer to load Sabots [Re: DEADorALIVE]
lefthorn Offline
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Originally Posted By: DEADorALIVE
Bet it's a CVA...every CVA I've ever tried to load ShockWave's in was the exact same way! Like Top Cat says, Power Belts solve that problem.


My CVA LOVES shockwaves. Didnít shoot powerbelts worth a flip but think I was shooting too light a bullet over too much powder

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#2313062 - 11/30/17 11:01 PM Re: Have to use a hammer to load Sabots [Re: muzziehead]
muzziehead Offline
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Registered: 05/22/02
Posts: 7255
Loc: Central Alabama
Its a Thompson. i bought some powerbelts, and it is no longer an issue at all.
would just like to know why it just started after shooting same load for three years though.
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#2313248 - 12/01/17 06:46 AM Re: Have to use a hammer to load Sabots [Re: muzziehead]
Wiley Coyote Offline
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Registered: 02/10/02
Posts: 33494
Loc: North Alabama
Sounds like the sabots that you used to shoot have been replaced with thicker ones. I'd try some different sabots before I'd shoot Powerbelts. I've read way too many bad reports on Powerbelts and that they leave a melted plastic ring in the barrel.
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#2318115 - 12/04/17 06:25 PM Re: Have to use a hammer to load Sabots [Re: muzziehead]
muzziehead Offline
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Registered: 05/22/02
Posts: 7255
Loc: Central Alabama
They are the same ammo. No more than I use it, there is plenty of ammo left in the original box. I bought some of the powerbelts but haven't been able to shoot it yet. Continuing to hunt with my bow as usual, but I do want to use the Muzzleloader during the rut some this year.
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#2319310 - 12/05/17 02:50 PM Re: Have to use a hammer to load Sabots [Re: muzziehead]
Sgiles Offline
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Registered: 12/14/13
Posts: 187
Loc: Etowah
Have you tried dead eyes solution yet? Bore butters ok for Lube while shooting but it does dry and cake. I wouldn't use it for cleaning and putting away for the year. Sabots can also leave a plastic coating in the barrel.

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