Last week when going through my muzzleloader stuff to prepare for the late season I found an unopened box of PA conicals that i had bought years ago. Needed to develope a load for a new to me Traditions Pa pellet with the 1-48 twist and decided to try them.
Decided to start with 70grs of Swiss 2F. First shot was dead center but about 3 inches low at 50yds. Adjusted sights and 2nd shot was dead on, fired another that hit about 1.5 inches from the other still in the bull. That was good enough for me.
The doe I shot yesterday was coming in almost directly towards my stand on my left side. First shot opportunity was at around 10 feet when it went around a tree behind my stand. I aimed at near shoulder and conical entered slightly behind there and went through deer exiting right in front of far hindquarter. Put a large divot in ground after exiting. Heavy blood and deer struggled to make the 40yds it did before falling over dead.
I shot the Buffalo Ball-et for year. Great option for getting more penetration from the 50cal IMO. I went to them because I wasn't getting the 50cal balls to exit.
My best was one of my biggest does. I was in a tree stand maybe..12-15ft high. She stopped 30yds away quartering towards me pretty hard. I aimed to hit the nearside shoulder.
I fired and watched her run away...I SWORE I saw her back left leg flopping. She got to the edge of the mountain and looked like she was loosing blood pressure but I didn't see her go down.
I get down and I find LONG white belly hair I knew came from between the legs and big bone fragments I knew came from a leg hit. I was sick. How in the world did I miss THAT badly?!?!
I snuck along not finding any blood.
I got to where I last saw her and the hillside was red, leaves and logs plowed over...and she was in a heap.
The Ball-et entered JUST behind the right front shoulder. Went through her entire cavity, exited dead center between the legs, completely blew the back left leg apart and into the dirt. I couldn't believe the penetration.
I had trouble finding PA conicals a couple years back, so I bought a 250 gr Lee REAL mold, so I would have a short conical available. The Lee shoots well in my Getz barrel and a Green Mountain barrel with 80 gr of 3f.
The PA conical shot better in a Lyman GPR with 70 gr of 3f.
Would they shoot well in a 1:48 twist barrel? I have a Deerstalker and an Accusporter. I have the Accusporter really tuned in to shoot round balls but I was going to hunt with the Lyman when I use the climber.