I shot a little buck last weekend with my muzzleloader. That was a first and I was kinda surprised with how it turned out. I figured that with as big as the .50 cal bullets are it would knock a whitetail flat. I was wrong. I was using a 275 grain conical and it basically just poked a hole through him. Didn't expand at all like a modern bullet. I hit right behind the shoulder, but he ran about 75 yards before going down. I thought I'd missed at first, but a quick glance through my binocs and I could see a big red spot right where I had aimed.
Ultimately, he was down pretty fast, but I was wondering if a lead ball tends to expand more than a conical bullet?
It was fun. I think I'll use it more. Smoke went everywhere and the buck that I stalked to about 50 yards dropped pretty fast.