.45cal vs .50cal questions for 1st muzzy

perma

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update: thanks again everyone for input.
i ended up going with .50cal Accura LR-X

next question: since i am 100% new to this.
what other accessories will i absolutely need?
so far with rifle i ordered:
- bullet starter
- bullet puller
- field cleaning kit (from CVA/BPI) + breech plug cleaners.

also ordered -Blackhorn209 (3 bottles) and have a friend who will give me 209primers.

only thing i did not order are bullets yet.
here's what i'd like to try. *i'd like to try and stick with solid copper if possible.
-Thor Lightning 250 & 300 gr (may try sizing kit to see if Hammer option will be better?)
-Hornady FTX Bore Driver (only non-copper i want to try)
-Federal Trophy Copper .5co cal **seems to be Out of stock everywhere.
-PowerBelts? any feedback on these?

thanks
I think you won’t need a bullet puller since you can “unload” it by removing the breech, but I’ll let the experts confirm or deny that. I’ve done it that way and haven’t had any issues.

I had purchased two speed loaders. I wanted more so I bought 4 more.

Flask for the powder is a must. Unless you switch to pellets.

I use a copper measuring tool for loose powder. To each their own I guess. I’ve heard to actually use a scale but I found a way that groups bullets well for me.

Possibles pouch is also handy.

I also have a silicone holder for the primers. Thompson makes a 3x3 one that’s pretty cool to have. It’ll be useful for hunting so you don’t have to carry a full thing of primers in the field.

And a variety of jags for all the different bullets. I found that one jag would stick to a bullet and actually unseat it from the powder. Needless to say not good

For bullet, I bought hornady sabots and they’re pretty good (I know sabots aren’t legal in CO). I’ve been using cheap shots from Thompson just to learn on though. $13 for 20 bullets is easy money to drop. I have powerbelts but haven’t shot them yet.

Bore butter to help season the barrel after you shoot it is good to have as well.

That’s all I’ve been using. Like you, I’m new to this but I’ve been at it for a month. This is what I’ve learned so far. Hope this helps.
 

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o thanks, didnt think about being about to "unload" fromt eh breech, but at $2 it was the cheapest add on, i was just in that mode: what other little things can i add to the cart :)

excited to try it al out once i get it.

i am actually thinking of using digital scale and getting a 20 pack of those powder tubes and just exactly pre-measuring them every time before heading to the range or hunting. thinking if i keep it identical by weight via digital scale it'll be easiest to keep it consistent in field?
 

perma

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o thanks, didnt think about being about to "unload" fromt eh breech, but at $2 it was the cheapest add on, i was just in that mode: what other little things can i add to the cart :)

excited to try it al out once i get it.

i am actually thinking of using digital scale and getting a 20 pack of those powder tubes and just exactly pre-measuring them every time before heading to the range or hunting. thinking if i keep it identical by weight via digital scale it'll be easiest to keep it consistent in field?
I’m not sure the bullet starter would tap into copper well enough. I dunno, try it and see what works best. I might be doing it wrong too :p

That’s what my thought process is. So far with my copper powder measure, it’s proven successful. Like I said, to each their own. I think you just find a system that works and won’t be too much/little for the gun and you’re good to go.
 

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