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Most 54 RBs are 240 grains. 60 grains of FFg will kill most PA game out to 100 yards. Beyond 90 grains and groups tend to widen.
 

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My .54 likes 85 grains of 3f. Smokepoles are like women, ya gotta find out what makes'em happy.
 

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I can't tell a differance in recoil if I'm shooting a light target load or a hunting load. I was taught to use what ever caliber you are using in grains of powder for target shooting and increase it by 50% for hunting. If you have an odd number always round up. In a 50 cal a target load would be 50 gr and 75 gr for hunting. In a 54cal I use 55 gr for target and 85 for hunting. I have had good results like this.
 
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