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Old 05-24-2008, 09:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default TC Renegade .54 cal - load suggestions

I was unsuccessful for the two LE muzzleloader areas I put in for, but did draw a Northern region muzzleloader hunt. I decided not to buy a new fancy shmancy 209 in-line, but to use my dad's Renegade instead. He bought a .54 cal TC Renegade for a Devil's Garden muzzleloader hunt he drew out for in Northern California many years ago. Even though he had a box of Maxi-Hunters (could have been Maxi-Balls) he still used a patched round ball. Unfortunately, he doesn't recall what load he used, but I do know he used Pyrodex. Since TC no longer makes the Renegade, I'm having a difficult time finding any load information for it. Does anybody have any load suggestions? My hunting partner who uses a 209 in-line already thinks I'm crazy, so not only will I be using #11 caps, but I might just use a patched round ball too.

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Old 05-24-2008, 09:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My 54 cal hawken shoots round balls with 90 grains of FF the best.
FF is hard to find so try 777 and just experiment with different powder loads...........
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Old 05-25-2008, 09:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I used to hunt with that very gun. I used 90 grains of pyrodex select pushing a 425 gr buffalo bullet. I harvested several animals with that combo.
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Old 05-27-2008, 04:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The Renegade, with its 1:48 twist rate is one of those in between guns that does not show full potential with round ball because it is to fast and to slow for conicals. I use to own a TC New Englander in a .54 which was about the same as the Renegade, it got fair results from a 420 grain mini ball over 85 grains of bp FFF.

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Old 05-27-2008, 02:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I used my .54 Renegade for an LE elk hunt last year. I used 110 grains of Pyrodex and a 390 grain Hornady Great Plains bullet. That combo shoots great for me and worked well on the elk.
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Old 05-28-2008, 10:01 PM   #6 (permalink)
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nice bull what unit did you take him on? I have a nebo tag this year.
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Old 06-10-2008, 12:13 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I've been shooting a 54 Renegade for over 20 years and my best load for hunting is 90 grains of ffg, behind a Great Plains Hollow point/ hollow base, 425 gr 100% lead bullet. At rendezvous, using the same rifle, it's 56 gr. FFg behind a "spit patched" round ball.

I usually bring my deer home each year and always win at least one shoot at the rendezvous.

I love that little rifle!
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Old 06-30-2008, 03:17 PM   #8 (permalink)
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i use 90 grains of fffg and a 390 grain maxi
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Old 07-01-2008, 03:21 PM   #9 (permalink)
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for a quicker flatter shooting i use a 220gr round ball with 65 grs of pyridexits done the trick for me several times with my old 54 renegade
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Old 07-02-2008, 09:37 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Thank you for all the replies. Please keep them coming. Thank you very much.

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