Excellent article discussing caliber choice, kinetic energy etc.
The writer,Dave Ehrig seems to conclude that the 54 caliber is optimum. The Green Ballistics Chart on Page 61 supports his conclusion. He also stated that if you continue past the 54 cal...kinetic energy actually drops off.
I liked his comment of: "What would you rather be hit by? A ping pong ball traveling 20 MPH or a locomotive traveling 10 mph??"
Let me start by saying hello, first post here. I am a long time flintlock shooter,builder&hunter.
I have taken many deer with the .50 and .54 most will run 50 to 100yards befor pileing up much like deer taken with archery equipment. A few years ago I built a .62 cal rifle of the five deer shot with this gun only one moved off of the spot they was shot and he only made it thirty yards.
Just my two cents worth ,larger cal. pushed by apropriat(spelling?) ammt. of powder = shorter blood trails
Welcome to the traditional muzzleloading forum. We'll look forward to you sharing your expertise. This forum has attracted a fine group of smokepole shooters, and we're always glad to have a new voice.