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I'm shooting a Buckskinner carbine with 65 grains of 3F and a patched roundball. I get some pretty good grouping at 50 yards with this load. I'm thinking that might be pushing it for trying to shoot a deer at that distance in terms of energy. If anybody could offer any insight to this it would be greatly appreciated.
 

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That load is more than adequate at 50 yards. Go to the Goex web site and you can get an idea of energy:
http://www.goexpowder.com/load-chart.html
At 50 yards your still running around 1000 fps. It really drops off after that though. I would not go any further than 50 with that load. I prefer about 80 gr with round ball as a hunting load. Each gun has its own "favorit load" though.

Good luck.

GBJ
 

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Killed a coule with the 45's and 50grs of FFFg at 50yds with no problem.Another guy I know uses 40grs of FFFg in his 45 with no problems.Its all in shot placement.
 
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