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.50 or .54 caliber

Another question flinters in regards to caliber. I've been reading a lot and it seems more people prefer the .54 caliber to the .50 caliber for hunting. Is there that much of a difference between the 2 in regards to knock-down power for deer or bear? If you had a choice, which would you go with?
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Re: .50 or .54 caliber

I have used and like them both. 50 cal is easier to find supplies for.
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Re: .50 or .54 caliber

One reason is larger mass. A 50 cal. (.490) ball is 176gr., and a .54 cal. (.530) ball is 224gr. Approximately 27% more mass.

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Re: .50 or .54 caliber

If you look up the mass of a round ball, the mass goes up very quickly as diameter increases, and it is not directly proportional. I think a 440 ball is like 128gr, a 490 is the listed 176, the 530 at 224, etc. The 600's I shoot are 324gr! The 69's and 70+ balls are massive.

I've never owned nor shot a 54, but it is regarded as the best "compromise" caliber, from what I've gathered. Gives good mass and "thump" with a respectable trajectory. The 50 and lower can be somewhat flat, but lose mass. The big bores provide tons of stomp, but are bigger trajectories, too.

That said, I have enough powder in my 62 that the big ball is 2" high at 50 and 1" low at 100, which is about perfect for me.

For production guns, you're looking at 50 or 54, though. I think the 58 MIGHT be produced in a limited basis?
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Re: .50 or .54 caliber

Have a muzzy with 2 barrel and your problem is solved.
.54 on stock and .50 below.

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Re: .50 or .54 caliber

For deer hunting, as long as my shot placement is good, my 50 cal. kills them as dead as my 54 cal. If I were to go Bear Hunting I would feel better with my 54 cal. Either way You Can't go wrong with the 50 or 54
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Re: .50 or .54 caliber

With a 50 and roundball you need to keep your charge up, like 75 grains or better to get good penetration. Where you hit them is the biggest factor just like anything else. .54 stuff is easy to get if you know where, no problems with supply. Bigger hole is better but so are well placed shots.gotta practice with the flinter, not just dust it off the day after Xmas and wonder why you miss or ill hit them...

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Re: .50 or .54 caliber

I have killed deer with 45,50,54,58 cal. and all RB's.Powder charges from 50grs to 120grs.I have not noticed a difference.Hit them in the heart or lungs with any caliber and they are dead.
I do favor the 45's for hunting.

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Re: .50 or .54 caliber

one big thing for myself to factor in would be, if I plan on hunting anything bigger than deer in the future. if an elk, moose, ect. might be in your future, I think the .54 would be a better choice.
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Re: .50 or .54 caliber

Thanks everyone for your input. How easy is it to switch out barrels on the trade rifle? IE: .50 to .54.
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