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Effective Flintlock kill range for deer ?

I did a quick search on here before posting this question, and didnt see anything, so I thought I would ask what you feel is the distance you will shoot with confidence on your flintlock ? (I ask, because I personally dont get good groups over 50 yards with my 20 year old 54 cal Renegade)
I am asking for accuarcy, not killing power distance.

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Re: Effective Flintlock kill range for deer ?

Not over 50 yds for me. I am still not comfortable shooting at deer over that.

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Re: Effective Flintlock kill range for deer ?

I saw guys at the range breaking balloons at 100 yards every time..
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20 yds for me....lol
100 yds, if you are good.

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100 Yards.
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Re: Effective Flintlock kill range for deer ?

with my t/c firestorm 50 yards with 2 50 gr pellets and a 240 gr cva power belt. it will kill a lot further than that but not in my hands. i think i am what is known in the business as "a flincher".

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Re: Effective Flintlock kill range for deer ?

With a 300 grain xtp in a sabot I will shoot out to 125 yards; RMC flinter with 100 grains of 3f Goex or 100 of Swiss 2f. My PA Hunter likes 90 grains and a 177/.490 ball. Max range on deer would be about 75 yards. It will group ok at longer ranges but inside 60 yards it has power for quick kills; longer range with a .490 roundball is a dice roll on effectiveness. Some drop in a short distance and some don't. I just won't drop the hammer anymore beyond 75 yards with a .50 roundball; even though it's my favorite projectile to load and hunt with.

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I have shot woodchucks with my .54 Hawken at a shade over 200 yards...from a prone, rested position of course. When that big 430 gr Remington hunter bullet would hit one it was like someone teed off with an 8 pound sledge hammer. Just flips em in the air and tears em right up! I can put 3 shots into a raquet ball at 100 yards with every one of my rifles...even the little deerstalker with its short barrel. If a rifle doesn't shoot for me the way I like it, it gets worked or sold. I used to shoot 200+ rounds a year in the off season to build/keep muscle memory for hunting with and shooting flinters. My old man and his friends took the sport VERY SERIOUSLY and required attention to detail and skill or you didn't hunt with them. Not that it wasn't a complete blast because those late season flintlock hunts are some of my fondest memories. How far can a flintlock kill a deer...reliably? I would have to say that is very subjective to the person behind the rifle and how much energy the projectile has when it gets there. For me, I don't like a shot over 100 yards on a shooting stick <u>which I do not go flintlock hunting without</u>. I have made longer shots (149 yards down a grape row on the range finder), but I wouldn't conciously do it regularly.

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Re: Effective Flintlock kill range for deer ?

The effecive range of a flintlock is determined by the width of your front sight. If it covers your target, (deer vitals) beyond 50/75 yards, you are guessing about the impact area of your shot. If you can't see the heart/lung area of your targeted deer because your front sight is too wide, then you should not pull the trigger. Our special season does not need reports of wounded/unrecovered deer.

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Re: Effective Flintlock kill range for deer ?

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I did a quick search on here before posting this question, and didnt see anything, so I thought I would ask what you feel is the distance you will shoot with confidence on your flintlock ? (I ask, because I personally dont get good groups over 50 yards with my 20 year old 54 cal Renegade)
I am asking for accuarcy, not killing power distance.
What bullet are you shooting and what powder and charge do you use? If it's the old Renegade like I have, they seem to like a slightly lighter weight bullet or a round ball. Mine will punch a raged hole at 50 yards with 245 gr powebelt HPs over 80 grains of Shockey's Gold.

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