A good read Strawhat...Back East we had access to them big old 2-3 foot long or smaller nest, tah also told us how bad a winter we'd be have depending on how high the nests were built. The higer thre nesrt the deeper the snow would be.( a lil' trivia)
Anyway... I liked Muzzleblast on, but I was subscribed to Muzzloader of which I still have a stack of the the white protectivve mailing covers. I learned alot for m the Old Masters that posted or wrote the articals back then.
I've hadn't heard that about the faster twist bein' able to support more powder as in a 1-48" vs a 1-66" twist. But I did have a T/C Hawken .50cal w/ 28" bbl i think that was 1 in 48" and it would burn beyond 70gr of ffg or ffg Black Powder. And for accuracy and speed of loading I went to store bought pillow tickin' for patchin' and Mooses Milk for lube. My Other Rifle that I turned to was a Miroku Tennessee Poorboy in .50 with a 41 1/2" bbl.
I had done extensive testing with patches and loads when shootin' Metalic Silhoutte Competition. I learned alot from the old Masters there at Club. I'll have to ry that comparison again only with the Miroku Poorboy and my new to me CVA Friontier 24" Hawken .50 and see twhich one take the hotter load without burnin' thru ... Thanks you gave me something to do with myself StrawHat
I think another variable is the Barrel's length to concider along with the twist rate and caliber...
Dang I'll also have to see what the Harpers Ferry .58 with it's long ass barrel does ... I would pull out the Zouave as I never finnised the first pack of 100ea I bought back in 70's for it ... I got the Lee Minie Ball Mold I never looked back
Good reply StrawHat you got me thinkin'...