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power of the PRB

shot 2 steel targets yesterday with the .62 cal. 50 yards 1/8" steel plate, went through it. 100 yard 1/4" steel plate, 1/2" bulge on the back. 90 gr 3f and .600 pure lead home cast prb. I think the prb is one of the most under rated projectiles out there for people that have never shot bp much.
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And I'm killed deer with the 45 RB and 50grs. with no problem!I only wish we could use the 40cal's.
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Re: power of the PRB

Funny I should look down and on my computer desk was this. A 50cal I recovered from a deer a number of years ago, now more like 3/4". Smacked a rib going in both lungs and the heart, found it under the skin on the far side. Didn't go far, needles to say. If you look close enough you can still see the cloth pattern embossed in the lead.

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PRB gets all kinda ugly on deer. Only 3 I've ever recovered


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Re: power of the PRB

I read a lot of praise for a PRB for various things.... magical penetration, amazing trajectories, unimaginable accuracy, and more.

It's a marble of lead. It works. It's what could be produced when firearms were in that phase of development. They went away when projectiles developed further....and for a reason.

Regardless, they are effective, but note we have a few anecdotes of balls recovered from deer shot at high-percentage angles and not long distances, and the balls stayed in the deer.

That is one of the reasons that, when I went to a custom rifle, I went up to a 62, shooting a 0.600 ball. They aren't magic either, but there's a LOT more mass in a .600 ball than there is a 0.490. The 490's run in the 180-ish range. The 600's are 320+. That's nearly double.

Just my view on it, but in a lead ball projectile, "there's no replacement for displacement."

Small calibers can work, sure. CAN.

Optimal? I don't think so, personally. Advisable? I would say only for experienced hunters and solid/capable flintlock shooters. Just my opinion.
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all my .50 PRB went right threw any deer I hit, hole in and a hole out....never found any of my round ball's....

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I have a recovered RB and it distorted nicely and produced a lot of cutting edgesin penetration.I have had complete blow thrus too.
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all my .50 PRB went right threw any deer I hit, hole in and a hole out....never found any of my round ball's....
I shot a half-dozen or so with a 490 PRB. Same thing...none recovered.
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My favorite is the .54 cal. Never recovered any of those though.

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Tdd,

You just like to lob those baby howitzer balls at Bambi!

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