I found some T/C maxi hunter bullets for my 50 cal flinter but to get them I also had to buy 5 boxes 500! .490 roundballs.I have in the past (when it was mandated) use the RB's but I shot a big doe one day right through the lungs and we tracked her for over 1/2 mile,she died right on a 4 wheeler trail and when we arrived where she died there was blood everywhere but no deer.There were 2 sets of boot tracks in the snow and fresh quad tracks .Since then I would rather not use them...UNLESS..they shoot really,really really good in my flinter.
That is why PA lifted the restrictions on the round balls. They do not expand at all when they hit a deer. Sorry to hear that someone would actually steal a dead deer right out from under a fellow hunter.
For what it's worth I have a 50 cal round ball from a TC Renegade that looks like a quarter when I found it in the deer. 100 gr. charge of FFF at about 25 yards. Just food for thought. Round balls can expand. It depends on the circumstances; velocity/distance/hit
round balls of pure lead expand quite well unless moving very slow annd they only hit soft tissue, like guts. In muscle they expand
I tend to agree that a deer with 50 cal holes thrrough each lung is not going all that far., but indeed crap happens. I know of a bull that was running wild for 6 months and had dozens of bullets in it from folks trying to put it down. It just kept running off and healing up. What Rev war hero had over a dozen wounds and kept fighting? Koskiusko? Any city cop can tell you that some druggies don't stop coming forward even with body parts blown off.
I killed a big buck with a roundball. It dropped right in its tracks. About a 70 yard shot. I use .440 roundballs in a .18 blue pillow tick patch with 70 gr of ffG from my .45 flinter because it shoots that combination better than any conicle I ever tried.
I don't have ducks. I don't have rows. I have squirrels. And they're drunk.