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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 10-02-2009, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
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ROUNDBALLS

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.
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Let me know if you decide to unload a box ,i'll take 1

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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.
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it never seemed like conicals or sabots expanded much either. Stuff happens. That doe could have ran forever no matter what you shot it with.
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Loc: Altoona, PA That is why PA lifted the restrictions on the round balls. They do not expand at all when they hit a deer

I can show you a couple that expanded vey well!!
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Re: ROUNDBALLS

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

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shhhh dont tell the 3 ive killed with roundballs that they "dont expand" and are ineffective deer killers!

not tryin to be a smart.....but a double lung shot deer isnt running over 1/2 mile with atleast a 1/2" hole through both its lungs...just not happening...
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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.
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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.

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shhhh dont tell the 3 ive killed with roundballs that they "dont expand" and are ineffective deer killers!

not tryin to be a smart.....but a double lung shot deer isnt running over 1/2 mile with atleast a 1/2" hole through both its lungs...just not happening...
Gotta agree with you here----just doesnt seem right unless that deer was feeding in a meth lab!

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