What kind of distance are you guys shooting deer at? I've got a T/C hawkens. I know it's not a long distance game, I was just wondering about the difference between a ball and conicle. Thanks.
Welcome to the sport!!
Key is spending many range sessions learning that smokepole, testing loads & learning your limitations.
You will know what your effective kill range is in due time!
For some its 25 yards, some 50, some 75 & some pushing 100 yards or so pending conditions/skills, type flinter, projectile etc. no easy "cookie cut" answer!
Key is shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot ,shoot ...did i say shoot before carryin in the woods.
A conical is heavier than a round ball so its going to have more of an arc when shooting.Some say the conicals carry more down range energy but have found the round ball more than capable of killing deer and shoots flatter.
With open sights most kill ranges are around 50 yds.I personally won't shoot at a deer over that range.Better to not cripple or educate and try another day.
Work on keeping your 1st shot inside a 3 inch circle at 50 yds.Tight groups are inportant but your 1st shot is the one that really counts.
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i would take the conical over the round ball. just because it is heavier and would hit harder. for instance, i would rather be hit by a ping pong ball at 10 feet rather than be hit by a soft ball at the same distance. in reality it is shot placement that will count and bring down more game.