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hooting deerstalker 50 flintlock

I have a left handed 50 cal lyman deerstalker flintlock, im shooting 295 powerbelts bullets with 3f powder and was wondering what is the max load and what load is everybody having luck with.
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Re: hooting deerstalker 50 flintlock

I'm shooting 245 Powerbelts with 90 grains powder in my Deerstalker. Works well for me.
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Re: hooting deerstalker 50 flintlock

That is a hefty short bullet. Keep in mind that Buff hunters had one shot kills at several hundred yards with 70 grains of powder and a 450 grain 50 cal bullet. Your bullet will carry it's energy much further than a round ball, but moves slower. However, increasing powder to lessen the trajectory arc doesn't do much because the bullet is too short to remain stable much beyond 125 yards. 70 or 80 grains is plenty considering the average range in PA. Don't even concern your self with the factory MAX load. it has no useful purpose for hunting in PA. In too many circles Americans tend to think of more as being better. More horsepower, faster, higher, bigger, etc. In muzzleloading, "more" can be both counterproductive as well as possibly dangerous. At 100 yards a slow 1,200 ft per sec bullet takes roughly 1/4 second to strike the deer. (add a a few hundredths for ignition. ) A 2,400 ft per sec, the bullet gets there in 1/8 of a second. Not a huge difference, over all at deer range. The amount of powder necessary to move that bullet that fast in that barrel is beyond dangerous. According to Lyman's Black Powder Handbook, 1st Ed. in a 26 inch 50 cal barrel, 70 grains of powder will push a 180 grain round ball at 1574 FT/sec. That same 70 grain charge will push a 370 grain Maxiball at 1286 ft/sec. But the 370 grain bullet results in twice the energy at 100 yds. Just guestimating, but your bullet over 70 grains ought to be doing about 1450 ft/sec out the muzzle and should have about 530 ft/lbs of energy at 100 yds.
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Re: hooting deerstalker 50 flintlock

I shoot 240 grain pa conials and 80 grains powder out of a lefty deerstalker. It's consistent. Unfortunately the user is not on living things.

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Re: hooting deerstalker 50 flintlock

Thanks for everbody input. The last I shot was at 85 grains and was not happy with the grouping at 50 yrds.

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Re: hooting deerstalker 50 flintlock

I had 3 deerstalkers in the past.All gave less than 1 1/2" groups at 50 yds with 80grs of FFg,.018 pillow,and a .490 round ball.Your gun may differ.It might like FFFg or .495 ball.Don't go thinner than .015 patch.Lyman cuts their rifling deep.Try .015,.018,and .020.
Remember,more is NOT better.Find what gives the tightest group.Be more concerned about hitting what you aim at reguardless of the charge.I have killed deer with the 45 and 50grs of powder at 50yds.Nothing lives with a hole in the heart or lungs.

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Re: hooting deerstalker 50 flintlock

you ought to try a 250gr thor in that rifle. Our cabelas hawken loves them with 110gr pyrodex rs.
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