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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.

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Re: New to flintlock

Muzzleloaders(flintlock) are capable of clean kills to 100yds or a little more . That being said most guys behind them are not.
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i shoot patch and ball i try and keep my shoots to 50 or 60 yards
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I can group them touching out to 80 and beyond, but won't shoot at a deer beyond 50. Just have to be smart out there

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its more on what your comfortable with and capable of shootin and make a good placed shoot

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50yrds if you dont practice often.

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Re: New to flintlock

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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!!

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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!

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Re: New to flintlock

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.

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