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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-11-2019, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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What is the minimum charge you would use ethically for deer? I’ve always used 100 grains of BH209 just because my gun shoots pretty good with that amount. I’m hoping to have time in the next couple weeks to tinker around with the load some and was going to try going down before I go up. So what’s the minimum for deer to 100ish yards?

And this would be for an in-line.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-11-2019, 09:08 PM
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Most guns have a sweet high spot and a sweet low spot in powder charges.
I have 2 small frame TC Senecas in 45 cal.One is set up with maxis and the other RBs.Both get a charge of 50grs.Killed deer with both with never finding a RB or maxi in the deer.Pass thru with lung shots.I also have a 58 cal that likes a high end load of 120grs.Killed deer with it and they were no more dead when shot with the 45's. Know guys on another form that kill deer with .32 cal and another that years back used a 36 cal on's MORE the person behind the gun than the caliber or powder charge.A bad hit is still a bad hit regardless of how big that bullet/RB and powder charge is.It's that 1st shot out of a clean bore that matters.
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Me and my daughter have had great success over the years with a TC Cheap Shot and 40 grains of 3f Triple 7. The 240 grain lead hollow point gets 1350 fps ( chrono'd) and has taken deer from 15 feet to 125 yards.
Its like shooting them with a 44 Magnum handgun.
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-12-2019, 06:44 PM
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What are you shooting 50cal,54cal,62cal need to know that for starters but in my 50cal flintlock 60 grain Black powder with 490 round ball
50 cal inline 80 to 100 gr black powder not that substitute stuff with 240 sabot bullet your gun will let you know when you found what it likes. Rule of thumb use to be your caliber plus 10 for starters then work up a charge from there.hope this helps.
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-08-2019, 10:46 AM
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we use 80 grains of 2f,it seems to work well for us
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-08-2019, 10:53 AM
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65 Grains of FFF Goex. in my 50 cal. flinters. 70 grains if i'm in a reckless wasteful mood.
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-08-2019, 11:17 AM
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100grains of BH209 is a very high load... It is more powerful then triple 7 powder... I would say 80 grains of BH209 would be a good load for whitetails...
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For years been shooting 110 grains BH209 out of my 50 cal TC ProHunter. Getting a lil over 2,000 fps out of the tube with Barnes 290 Spitfires with outstanding groups.

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My flintlock has a low sweet spot at 62gr and high sits at 83gr. That's for a .490 ball and .015 patch.
If I shoot a .495 ball with a .010 patch, the low increases to 65gr and the high goes up to 85gr. Not sure why, just what I've observed over the years.

About 90% of my shooting is with the .490 balls and 62gr at the range, 83gr under the same ball when after deer. One of these trips I'll remember to shoot up the remaining .495 balls just to be rid of them... The .490 balls seem to be vastly more common/available.
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-08-2019, 06:04 PM
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90 grains of 2F in the flinter and inline
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