My favored load for hunting just about anything "big" in North America has become 110-grains of Blackhorn 209 behind the saboted 300-grain Scorpion PT Gold bullet offered by Harvester Muzzleloading. Simply put, this load has shot very well out of just about every .50 caliber No. 209 primer ignition in-line rifle I've loaded it into.
Most 28-inch barreled rifle models feature a 26 to 26 1/2 inch "working bore". The load tends to get out of the muzzle at right around 1,970 f.p.s. - with around 2,580 f.p.e. The 30-inch barreled Traditions .50 caliber VORTEK Ultra Light LDR I shoot and hunt with mostly these days has a 28-inch working bore, and the load leaves the muzzle at 2,009 f.p.s., with right at 2,690 f.p.e. Out at 200 yards, this rifle and load is still good for 1,460 f.p.s. and about 1,420 f.p.e. - and that's good enough to take any North American big game animal.
If you are now hunting with Blackhorn 209, in the comment section of this blog post, share with others the rifle and the load you shoot - and how well it performs for you. Or you can send it to us in an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Through 2013, the NORTH AMERICAN MUZZLELOADER HUNTING website will be publishing a series of pages that will thoroughly cover every apsect and quality of Blackhorn 209. The first of those pages can be found at the following link -
On these pages we will try to cover every aspect and quality of this powder. In February, we will even ask the question, "Is Blackhorn 209 Too Good?"