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Offline Standing Bear

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Re: Deer loads
« Reply #25 on: May 20, 2017, 01:28:03 AM »
My bet is on bone as a he cause.
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Re: Deer loads
« Reply #26 on: May 20, 2017, 03:56:51 AM »
I've killed quite a few mule deer with 50 cal with loads ranging from 60 grains to 100.  They all worked just fine.  Less than 60 might work fine too,  but I haven't tried less.  Whatever shoots well at the distance you expect to shoot.
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Re: Deer loads
« Reply #27 on: May 21, 2017, 01:37:09 AM »
I've been using 80 grains of fffg black powder and a .570 round ball in my .58 English style rifle in flint. Of the ten or more deer I shot with this short barreled gun none have gone more than 25 yards on their feet. It a allmost always left a sizable exit hole. Except for one deer shot quartering tward me. The ball shattered the near shoulder and came to rest under the hide at the inner side of the opposite ham, traveling the length of the deer. The ball was surprisingly undeformed. I suspect my lead is a bit hard. The rifles barrel is only 28" long. My family members all have .54 cal rifles that I have full confidence that they will do similarly with 80 grains of fffg. They just haven't got a dumb enough deer to walk in front of them.BJH

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Re: Deer loads
« Reply #28 on: May 21, 2017, 04:24:28 AM »
I just wanted to acknowledge my thanks to all the replies in this thread.
This forum is a treasure trove of knowledge I'm thankful to have found.

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Re: Deer loads
« Reply #29 on: May 21, 2017, 04:02:47 PM »
I've had cast round ball fragment before.  When this happened, it was because of striking bone, but the shot was lethal, so I don't think fragmenting led to poor performance.
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Re: Deer loads
« Reply #30 on: May 21, 2017, 09:35:00 PM »
The load I developed for my .50 schimmel consists of 75 grains of 2f Goex under a .495 home cast ball and .020 Wal-mart pillow ticking lubed with a 50/50 mix of Ballistol/water.  I'm not sure of its 100 yard performance as all of my hunting shots have been under 75 yards.

I've killed deer reliably with this load, but always wondered if it was underpowered; at least until I killed two with one shot. I had a doe and two fawns in front of me 60 yards. The doe was standing broadside when I took the shot.  I hadn't noticed that one of the fawns had walked beside her as I took aim and fired. At the shot, the doe went down and the fawns took off.  One ran about 30 yards and did a complete summersault and piled up. The ball had gone completely through the doe and into the chest of the fawn standing (hidden) beside her.  I found the flattened ball just under the hide on the far side of the fawns rib cage. Sure glad I had two tags in my back pocket that day! Never doubted my load after that. 

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Re: Deer loads
« Reply #31 on: May 22, 2017, 01:01:14 AM »
It doesn't take alot of velocity to poke a hole in a deer....
Say, any of you boys smithies? Or, if not smithies per se, were you otherwise trained in the metallurgic arts before straitened circumstances forced you into a life of aimless wanderin'?