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Thread: Lyman 533476 Minie Ball in a .54 T/C Renegade?

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    Boolit Buddy
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    Jun 2017
    Media, PA

    Lyman 533476 Minie Ball in a .54 T/C Renegade?

    This must be the year of the muzzleloader for me, I was just gifted a circa late 1970s Thompson Center Renegade flintlock in .54 caliber. I do have a .530 round ball mold that casts balls at .533 which I will try when the weather breaks. However, Iím intrigued with some Minie bullets offered by Track of the Wolf, the Lyman 533476. A quick search here didnít turn up any conversation on this bullet. Do any NSSA guys use this bullet in 54 carbines, perhaps? Should the 1:48 barrel in the Renegade stabilize this? Appreciate any thoughts/feedback.

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    Boolit Master Good Cheer's Avatar
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    the Ark
    I'm thinking the .533 minie probably going to be way too small for your bore.

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    Boolit Master brewer12345's Avatar
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    Sep 2017
    Denver Metro Area
    I picked up a copy of this mold recently, but I haven't cast with it yet. I did some digging and it sounds like sizing is sometimes an issue. If I find the bullets are not quite fat enough I have read that a lot of guys have had success paper patching.

    If you are just hunting deer or punching paper, try round ball. Might be worth trying Lee REALs and/or maxi balls as well.
    "If you see me running something has gone poorly, and you should probably run too." - any beekeeper

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    Boolit Master
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    Apr 2017
    Every TC I've seen has a bore close to .540". I don't understand how something so loose could ever shoot well. Maybe with a patch

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