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    Thor Bullets

    Just got my sample pack looks like Ill be needing .503 for my TC Pro Hunter

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kentucky hunter View Post
    Just got my sample pack looks like Ill be needing .503 for my TC Pro Hunter
    I bought a new TC Pro Hunter last year and it takes a .501. Just goes to show you why Thor does what it does when there is a lot of barrel diameter variation as it seems there is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colorado Cowboy View Post
    I bought a new TC Pro Hunter last year and it takes a .501. Just goes to show you why Thor does what it does when there is a lot of barrel diameter variation as it seems there is.
    CC how hard did yours fit they were all tight at the breech but the .503 had more of the rifling showing on it I could use the .502 Ill get some an shoot it an see

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    One thing I found out is that after you've shot a couple, the larger ones really are hard to get down the barrel. I could get a .502 down the barrel, but it was pretty tight. I ordered some and went to the range. after the first shot it was almost impossible to get another one to work without cleaning the barrel pretty good. I sent the .502s back and traded for .501. Works better, but still might end up with .500s.

    I finally got my new sights on and the trigger work done and just havn't got back to the range. I have a bunch of different bullets I want to try after I get it sighted in. hope I get to shoot it Tue or Wed.
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    They dont need to be real tight. The way they are designed when they are fired it expands the hollow back into the rifling. I used hornady fpb last time I went to CO which are the same idea and they load easier then a sabot in my knight and shot well. As CC said when your barrel gets fowled they will get harder to load if they are to tight
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    So I believe the instructions say it should take 20-30 pounds of loading force. In my Accura, on a clean bore, the 0.500" goes down with light pressure (there is some friction), the 0.501 goes down probably in that 25 pound range. Which would you go with?

    P.S. I just tried the Thor bullets again after fouling the bore (5 shots of BH209 yesterday). The 0.500 loads very nicely now. I'm afraid the 0.501 may be too tight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Umpqua Hunter View Post
    So I believe the instructions say it should take 20-30 pounds of loading force. In my Accura, on a clean bore, the 0.500" goes down with light pressure (there is some friction), the 0.501 goes down probably in that 25 pound range. Which would you go with?

    P.S. I just tried the Thor bullets again after fouling the bore (5 shots of BH209 yesterday). The 0.500 loads very nicely now. I'm afraid the 0.501 may be too tight.
    I would probably go with the .500. You definitely don't need to have any problem reloading the second shot if you have an animal down. You want it to be smooth and effortlessly....IMHO. What is the accuracy like, any difference between the .500 & .501?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colorado Cowboy View Post
    I would probably go with the .500. You definitely don't need to have any problem reloading the second shot if you have an animal down. You want it to be smooth and effortlessly....IMHO. What is the accuracy like, any difference between the .500 & .501?
    One correction…the rifle I am testing in is my Optima, not my Accura.

    CC….I have not shot the Thors yet. I have had such good results with the No Excuses bullets I have been shooting them. I recently bought this Optima and my accuracy suffers above 70 grains of BH209 powder. With the rifle scoped, I get a 2" 100 yard group at 70 grains (volume) and 6" at 80 grains. Most of the of the "spray" being high/low and not left/right. I chronographed the 70 grain load and am getting 1250 ft-lbs of energy at 100 yards. I'm thinking that really should be the bottom end for my Colorado elk hunt this fall. What do you think?

    I have thought I could shoot a hotter load with the Thors.

    I may just take my Knight. It accurately shoots 90 grains (volume) BH209 with the 460 grain No Excuses.

    Some possible good news for using Thor bullets in Oregon. ODFW changed it's muzzleloader bullet law this year. The regulations now state "Only conical bullets made of lead, lead alloy, or federally-approved nontoxic shot material, with a length that does not exceed twice the diameter….are allowed during muzzleloader-only seasons…" The addition of the phrase "federally-approve non toxic shot material", rather than just lead bullets should open Oregon up to using the Thor bullet. I have a friend high up in ODFW that is chasing this down and he feels the Thor certainly meets the intent of the law.
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    In my t/c triumph, in a clean barrel, the .500 slid down the barrel and the .501 barely hung up. After the first shot the .501 pushed hard. The 502 was real tough to push, both clean and fouled. I chose the .501.

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    UH. I think I would use the .500 too. It is interesting your group is mostly high and low not side to side. I will probably be playing with some loads and bullets before I go back to CO too. FPB's shoot pretty well in my Knight but I might experiment with the Thors. Need to work on non 209 primer WA loads too. I wasnt real happy with it when I sighted it in but the only shot I ever shot at a deer in this state flattened him in his tracks so I guess it worked pretty well
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