I know several of you turkey hunt.
I have worked diligently to perfect TSS loadings in the muzzle loaders to make these guns more effective. This is after wasting about 500.00 worth of TSS.
This is where I finally settled my load workups with TSS in the muzzleloaders.
These are for the TK2000 and the Encore. What ever you do make sure you use the correct bore protecting shot cups. I had initially posted the 70gr 777 load but the velocities were just too slow to be great killers. When I finally ran them over the chronograph the TK2000 was only running about 800fps with the 70grs. I went back to the drawing board and worked up to 100grs. Slightly more open pattern but good enough for 50 yards and enough power for clean kills if you chose to shoot that far.
Load for Encore and TK2000 12gauge muzzle loaders
Velocity from Encore: 1117 feet per second
Velocity from TK2000 1060 feet per second
100 grains 777 powder
BPGS gas seal was seated on top of the powder.
TUWSBL28/CSD 100 WAD CUP was slit 4 times down to 1/4" above the floor of the cup.
20 grains of poly buffer.
2oz #8 TSS shot
1/8" felt over shot card
1. The wad cup was coated with bore butter before seating on gas seal.
2.The shot-buffer mix was placed in the wad cup and pushed down the barrel so that the mix stayed intact.
3. After seating the felt over shot card the bore was swabbed with 777 bore butter. It made it easier to clean and it added around 40fps to the velocity.
40 yard pattern with encore. the sights were adjusted to center pattern after shooting
40 yard pattern with TK2000