Re: Load combo starting point??
240 gr XTP's and 100 grains of pellet are just a very practical, common load for Whitetails in most eastern US habitat. Probably overkill in the energy department, but trajectory is a factor too. More pellet equals faster bullet, equals flatter trajectory, but then stability may become an issue at some point.
I know guys who shoot smokeless muzzle loaders with the the equivalent of 200 grains of black powder and hand turned titanium ballistic tip bullets. They have true 200 yard muzzle loaders, they are looking to shoot deer at long range.
Experimenting is a lot of the allure to muzzle loading, more so with traditional guns than in lines.
I was interested in Zimm's angle and did some Googling. I never thought to try 50 grains of powder personally, but its apparently totally adequate out to 70 yards or so. Kind of makes sense though, for traditional guns its fairly common to start out with grains of BP equal to caliber.