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Location: Idaho
Joined: 09/20/2003
Posts: 138
.50 or .54 cal

I have two 50's but my favorite by far is my 54 long gun in flint and I will keep it as well.
I also mold my own round balls as well as maxie, s in 436 grain
I hunt elk, deer and bear with her in winter and summer. She also targets well with lighter loads

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Location: Nine Mile Falls Wash.
Joined: 09/20/2003
Posts: 24
.50 or .54 cal

More BP hunters probably shoot the 50, I prefer the 54 only because I started out with a 54 Lymans plains pistol and I don't like to mix my balls up [no pun intended ] The 54 has more kenetic energy and better penetration. The 50 is OK and would do you well. What kills the animal is accuracy and shot placement. with that being said either calliber will do the job.

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Location: Southern Indiana
Joined: 09/24/2003
Posts: 28
.50 or .54 cal

I use a 50 cal for hunting in my home state for deer, but also use a 54 cal for early elk hunting. I like the heavy traditional bullets available for the 54 cal.

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Location: Michigan
Joined: 11/24/2003
Posts: 3
.50 or .54 cal

First off, great forum! My brother shoots a .50 hawken. Considering we are very competitive I had to purchase the same rifle in .54 Cal. I see it as 6 one way half dozen the other when it comes to the white tail deer/black bear. I am know the .50 round ball will take an elk, its all about placemnet. Its just I feel a little more comfortable putting a larger pill through the good stuff. I have exclusively shot the .535 round ball and love it. Good weight, velocity and great accuracy. My next couple of purchases will be the Lyman GPR in .54(FL) and their GPH in .54 (CL) Well, good day to all and happy hunting.

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Location: NE Ohio
Joined: 12/11/2003
Posts: 5
.50 or .54 cal

I have a traditions 54 cal inline with raised scopes for scope or sight hunting and i love it, use 95 grains FFF powder and 325 gr hornaday sabots and my harris bipod makes this a deadly combo

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Joined: 12/26/2003
Posts: 12
.50 or .54 cal

The 50 cal will do it all with less recoil, more energy, better trajectory and a much larger bullet selection.

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Location: Idaho
Joined: 09/20/2003
Posts: 138
.50 or .54 cal

Stick to the 53 Ohio.
Have some fun and go out with a friend that has a 50.
Set up 2 hay bails length wise and put a piece of plywood agents the back of that.
Use what ever round you like but try and keep the powder charge close to the same then shoot both into the end of the bail of hay from different yardages. If you use a coat hanger you will be able to follow the hole the round made right to where it is sitting in the bail, usually its ¾ of the way down the second one.
You will find that they both go real close to the same distance depending on the round, now weigh both out and see how much weight was lost per round, the 54 will be about the size of a quarter and the 50 something a little bigger then a nickel. Do the math from there.
Have fun and be safe
Oh that’s with a round ball , that’s all I shoot unless im hunting elk

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Joined: 01/10/2004
Posts: 3
.50 or .54 cal

I agree with big bore 54 shot placement is everything. I like my savage 50 cal. I feel I get more range from it. Less drop.

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Joined: 02/29/2004
Posts: 2
.50 or .54 cal

I shoot a .50 cal, and love it.Accuracy is great for me, and it can take down basically anything your goin after.

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Location: Levack, Ontario, Canada
Joined: 12/26/2006
Posts: 24
.50 or .54 cal

Why limit yourself.....get both a .50 cal and a .54 cal......