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Smokey Plainsman

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Slow Twist .40? (1-66)
« on: November 25, 2019, 09:20:03 PM »
Guys my new rifle has a very slow twist of 1-66 for a round ball. This seems pretty slow for a .40 and Iím wondering if itís going to take quite a bit of powder to get a good group, and I worry that a light squirrel load of + or - 30 grains is just not going to group well. I bought the gun specifically for small game, itís an old Douglas barrel that it uses. Seems I might need to use a fairly heavy charge which is not good for my intended purpose.

Thoughts?

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Re: Slow Twist .40? (1-66)
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2019, 09:30:19 PM »
It will likely shoot squirrels very well with a light powder charge, in the 30 to 40gr. range, of 3F. It's best accuracy (50yards and further) will likely come
with a lot more powder, up to 75gr.(or more) 3F if using a slick lube. Much depends on your ball and patch combination.  Weak or loose combinations may
not allow the powder charges necessary to get the rifle shooting IT'S best. This pretty much depends on what you want and need.
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Re: Slow Twist .40? (1-66)
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2019, 11:06:03 PM »
I shoot a douglas barrel in .40 cal.  For target and squirrels 40 grain use a .400 ball on top of a .15 patch.  Tight combo, but works.

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Re: Slow Twist .40? (1-66)
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2019, 12:57:03 AM »
And like I often say, you never know until you try it.
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Re: Slow Twist .40? (1-66)
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2019, 01:38:19 AM »
Iím just terrified that Iím going to half to use a massive charge to get any kind of a group from it. All Iíll be left with is squirrel pate. Frankly I just thought the barrel would have the normal 1:48Ē twist that .40s normally come with.

Then Iím reading the Douglas barrels can have stress cracks and burst??

I feel like Iím going to puke!!  :'(

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Re: Slow Twist .40? (1-66)
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2019, 01:44:41 AM »
Take the time to enjoy shooting your new rifle ,as stated find out by trying combos before worrying . Experimenting is fun ,worrying
not so much /Ed

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Re: Slow Twist .40? (1-66)
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2019, 02:29:19 AM »
I use just enough powder to cover the ball in the palm of my hand in my .40 for squirrels. It comes to about 20 grains more or less. (Daníl Boone taught me that😀) A snug patch and ball works best. Doesnít tear up the squirrels and is deadly accurate at squirrel ranges. Your gun should shoot fine with a light load with 66 twist up to about 25 yards. 1/2 powder to ball weight will make it ďcrackĒ and shoot well at longer ranges.
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Re: Slow Twist .40? (1-66)
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2019, 02:44:01 AM »
I use just enough powder to cover the ball in the palm of my hand in my .40 for squirrels. It comes to about 20 grains more or less. (Daníl Boone taught me that😀) A snug patch and ball works best. Doesnít tear up the squirrels and is deadly accurate at squirrel ranges. Your gun should shoot fine with a light load with 66 twist up to about 25 yards. 1/2 powder to ball weight will make it ďcrackĒ and shoot well at longer ranges.

Take the time to enjoy shooting your new rifle ,as stated find out by trying combos before worrying . Experimenting is fun ,worrying
not so much /Ed

So... so you guys think itíll shoot good enough for squirrels? Thatís good!! Heck, maybe the slow twist might allow for a heavier charge to gain some trajectory and energy for busting yotes at range, heíll maybe even close in deer hunting?

Why, it might actually be ideal for an ďall rounderĒ woods gun! Maybe???

If the gun wonít group with a lower charge, I could always send it to Robert Hoyt to have it relined with a slower twist and maybe even drop it down to a .36...
« Last Edit: November 26, 2019, 03:08:34 AM by Smokey Plainsman »

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Re: Slow Twist .40? (1-66)
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2019, 03:25:38 AM »
Stop thinking so much and just shoot the @!*% thing. You'll. Worry yourself into needlessly getting rid of a perfectly good rifle.
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Re: Slow Twist .40? (1-66)
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2019, 03:44:11 AM »
Smoky Plainsman: your working yourself up to the point of getting the "drizzles".
I do agree for a .40 that is a bit of a slow twist, but it is what it is. Take some 3F some .395 balls, patches in .010 & .015 soaked in Neatsfoot oil and go to the range. My .40 Kibler SMR shoots almost identical groups with 40 & 60 grains. I use 60 for deer size game and 40 for smaller game and paper shooting.
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Re: Slow Twist .40? (1-66)
« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2019, 04:12:11 AM »
All Iíll be left with is squirrel pate.

Smokey, relax.

My .32 will destroy a squirrel with a badly placed shot...

Work up an accurate load. It won't matter how hot the load is if you stick with head shots... Whether the ball is moving at 800 fps or 2000 fps... The head will basically be gone.

The main issue is working up a load that you have confidence in to be accurate. Once that is done, enjoy the hunt.

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Re: Slow Twist .40? (1-66)
« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2019, 04:15:13 AM »
Thank you all kindly. I read one personís account on a sister board of them having a .40 barrel with 1:66 twist (probably a Douglas) that shot great with as little as 25 grains. We shall see.

The rifle was advertised as having 7 lands and grooves. Further research reveals Douglas made barrels with that many grooves in a 1:48 twist... the plot thickens.

Only way to know is measure it out when I get it. Iíll let you guys know!

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Re: Slow Twist .40? (1-66)
« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2019, 04:52:32 AM »
I had a 40 that shot very well with 40 grs. 3f and .395 ball ans heavy ticking. Try it.

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Re: Slow Twist .40? (1-66)
« Reply #13 on: November 26, 2019, 05:30:29 AM »
My first flint gun was a .40 made by Douglas with a 1-66 twist. It was a very accurate barrel. I shot 40 grains of fffg. I believe it was going up through the 10 ring at 25 yds and down through the 10 ring at 50 yards. .395 ball,  pillow tick, 40 grains fffg, and youíre good to go.

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Re: Slow Twist .40? (1-66)
« Reply #14 on: November 26, 2019, 05:48:17 AM »

Only way to know is measure it out when I get it. Iíll let you guys know!

All of this and you don't even KNOW what the twist is? wow

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Re: Slow Twist .40? (1-66)
« Reply #15 on: November 26, 2019, 05:49:06 AM »
Glad to hear that guys, thanks!!

Would 40 grs be too much for a squirrel or rabbit?

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Re: Slow Twist .40? (1-66)
« Reply #16 on: November 26, 2019, 05:50:52 AM »
Relax. Douglas barrels shoot great. That twist should work fine. Give it a chance and be patient. 🙂 God bless, Marc

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Re: Slow Twist .40? (1-66)
« Reply #17 on: November 26, 2019, 05:52:33 AM »

Only way to know is measure it out when I get it. Iíll let you guys know!

All of this and you don't even KNOW what the twist is? wow

Well I emailed Track and they said it was probably a 1-66 since it was a Douglas, BUT, it has 7 lands and grooves which I read somewhere might be a 1-48. So yeahhhh................ the plot thickens my brother, the plot thickens...

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Re: Slow Twist .40? (1-66)
« Reply #18 on: November 26, 2019, 05:58:13 AM »
Relax. Douglas barrels shoot great. That twist should work fine. Give it a chance and be patient. 🙂 God bless, Marc

Thank you, Marc. I do need to just try it out. Iím starting to feel much better thanks to everyoneís support. Heck, it might not even BE a 1-66. Weíll find out in a handful of days when it arrives after Thanksgiving.

I have a bad habit of freaking out. Iím sorry, all. Thanks for bearing with me and guiding me on my path!

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Re: Slow Twist .40? (1-66)
« Reply #19 on: November 26, 2019, 06:30:34 AM »
It was my understanding that Douglas barrels had 8 cuts and the barrels they made for Golden Age Arms had 7. Maybe the GAA barrels had a 1-48 twist if that is the case. I,m sure someone on this forum would know for sure.

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Re: Slow Twist .40? (1-66)
« Reply #20 on: November 26, 2019, 12:25:03 PM »

Would 40 grs be too much for a squirrel or rabbit?
10 grains would be too much if you hits them in the ass.
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Re: Slow Twist .40? (1-66)
« Reply #21 on: November 26, 2019, 03:25:59 PM »
I have a GAA Vincent in .40 with a Douglas barrel. It was made in the early 70's by Larry Bryner. The barrel is 1:48 and shoots clover leafs on days that I can perform up to the rifle's capabilities. Burst Douglas barrel bursts did occur but were the exception, not the rule.
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Re: Slow Twist .40? (1-66)
« Reply #22 on: November 26, 2019, 03:41:42 PM »
Maybe one of the experienced shooters can tell you how to check the twist of your barrel

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Re: Slow Twist .40? (1-66)
« Reply #23 on: November 26, 2019, 05:46:29 PM »
RELAX----- The gun will shoot better than you most likely. with about 40grs +,- 10grs I suspect.
 
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Re: Slow Twist .40? (1-66)
« Reply #24 on: November 26, 2019, 06:13:21 PM »
Iím just terrified that Iím going to half to use a massive charge to get any kind of a group from it. All Iíll be left with is squirrel pate. ...

No matter what speed you hit a squirrel with a 390/395 ball you're going to do some serious damage.  Maybe don't look so hard for problems that likely don't exist or won't occur? 

No one knows for sure what that rifle will do but he/she who shoots it.  Put 200 shots down range and you'll know a ton better what to expect from it-and if you don't beat the snot out of it while doing such, it should retain most of it's resale value.  Send it back now and you shall never know how well it could shoot.

Check the twist! --or not-- it's irrelevant once you start shooting and SEE what it does.

40-grains is no good, only if 35 or 45 groups better.  A missed squirrel cares not how fast the ball was traveling. 


Two things you can do: Shoot it or send it back, and I think sending it back without determining the actual twist in that bbl is foolhardy.  I know I'd be burning powder because barrel makers tend to avoid using twists that make their barrels perform poorly--think about that (despite what all the experts might say on the internets).
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