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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-18-2017, 01:35 AM Thread Starter
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Montana Mule deer doe with my .50 cal flinter

I hunted eastern Montana this week and had a mule deer doe tag to use along with a couple of others. The .50 cal TVM Early
Lancaster came along in case an opportunity to use it arose. Sure enough, I got my chance.

I found a doe on BLM land and stalked to 52 yards as she fed in a meadow. I got good, fast ignition despite having to use 3F in the pan (lost all of my 4F due to a snafu with my priming plunger).

Boom, smoke, dead deer. Needless to say, I am very please with the gun and the results.

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Sweet! Rifle and harvest! Congrats!
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post #5 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-18-2017, 02:16 PM
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Nice job man, and nice rifle.

You're the same guy that shot the turkey with the flinter am I correct? Good to see another southpaw having success.
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Thanks, guys!

Blue Bird - yes, that was me with the .36 cal flinter on that western PA turkey. Also a great hunt and sweet memories!
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What load/bullet diam/ patching were you using in your rifle?
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Load info: home cast .490” pure lead ball with a Ox-Yoke .020” pre-lubed patch and 70 grains of Goex FFFg powder. Total penetration and very tolerable recoil.
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Load sounds similar to what I use in my .54. The doe I killed last year, I used a .530 ball, .022 pillow ticking patch, and 80 grains of Goex 2Fg. I bought a .535 mold from Larry Callahan and will tell you it tightened up my groups considerably. The only negative is they're fairly tough to load, so my plan this year is to use a .535 load for the first shot, then a .530 for any follow ups. I was getting baseball size accuracy at 50 yards with the .530 balls, with the .535 that went down to golf ball size.
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That sounds like a good system. As for my .50 cal, I’m pretty hesitant to go any tighter than I already am with this gun. My current recipe is really tough to load and 3-shot groups at 50 yards have been great with this .490” ball and the .020” patch.

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