Re: Effective Flintlock kill range for deer ?
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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