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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-30-2014, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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Bullet suggestion

Well ive been hunting with a flintlock since the early 80s and have yet to find a bullet im happy with,ive taken a lot of deer with roundball and maxi-ball and my last 5 or six with the powerbelts copper hollow points and tonight my son shot a mature doe with the 250 grain aero-lite threw both shoulders,went in like a dime came out like one,even though we have recovered all our deer I would like any suggestions on what bullet makes a rifle like hole in a deer,im real impressed with the accuracy of the power belts,but there wound channels are small,case tonight his doe went 20 yds not one drop of blood and dime size hole
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Sabot of some type maybe?
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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-31-2014, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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I was hoping the areo-lites would be the answer,but tonight there no different than the copper hollow point power belt,we have a couple more doe tags to fill,hoping this was a one time thing but I doubt it
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Re: Bullet suggestion

You tried Maxis... ever try a Hornady Plains Bullet? 385gr hollow-point lead bullet.

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never tried those,are you getting good accuracy with them?
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Good bullets here.

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Re: Bullet suggestion

Black powder or even subs won't give enough velocity to have a great deal of shock because after 2650 fps. there isn't much shock. BP never gets there.

The best I have found in my 1/28 twist is a 300 grain xtp in .452 dia. It puts them down quick but again the wound doesn't show much expansion.

I shot a deer Monday with a .54 ball over 90 grains of Goex 3f at 65 yards. Bang flop. First one with a .54 ball; always used .50 caliber ball before. With just one deer so far it appears to me it hits much harder than the .50. I think something pure lead it best with BP.

Another thing I believe is that unless you like to track/chase after the shot; shot them in the front shoulder and break them down.

I have tried most everything out there in my flinters and still go back to roundball and shoot for the front shoulder.
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I shot a Hornady 45 cal 250 grain XTP bullet in a sabot They work for me
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Re: Bullet suggestion

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never tried those,are you getting good accuracy with them?
The can be accurate with a good load. Got to work to find it though. But they will thump a deer! A GPB in the shoulder is typically a DRT.

They like to move if the gun is jostled, with the lube (more of a wax) they come coated with. And that is not a good thing! Lubing a bit more, or seat it in a thin patch (.010) when starting the bullet, helps keep them seated. Or I have been told to seat it harder so the gas ring flares over the powder and lodges a bit into the rifling. I haven't tried it.

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...case tonight his doe went 20 yds not one drop of blood and dime size hole
If it is only 20 yards, then does a blood trail matter? I would be happy with a 20 yard recovery. At that distance, you can hear a pile up, or rather a quick lack of noise!

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Another thing I believe is that unless you like to track/chase after the shot; shot them in the front shoulder and break them down.
You are probably right, but I just hate the thought of ruined meat by intention on my part. High shoulder is a pretty impactful (shock) hit in a Deer. Scoped rifle, my main look is for a neck shot. If it can't be accomplished, such as a walking Deer, I go for both lungs, and consider it a bonus if the heart breeches while doing it. Muzzy, it's always been lung for me.

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