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.58

Is there anyone here who uses a .58? If so what Rifle and loads do you use?

I shoot a T/C Firehawk. Until last year I used Round ball with 90 grains of FFG, A few times I hunted with the T/C Maxi Hunter with 110 grains of ffg. Last year I switched to the 400 grain black widow venom with 120 grains of ffg and this is now my favorite (and most accurate) load.

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Wow... that's quite the hole

Wow... that's quite the hole in the end of that barrel. What are you going to be hunting with it?

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Deer, although if I ever get

Deer, although if I ever get the chance to hunt Black Bear I will use it for them as well.

 

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well I guess you can't make

well I guess you can't make too big a hole in em

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not really

A .58 is not over kill at all... especially if you compare round ball to round ball.  Also I live in a shotgun only area, and if you compare it with a 12 ga it is rather light.  I do not always agree with Chuck Hawks, but I do agree how he values the .58 for deer. I have never had excessive meat damage with the round ball or the black widow for that matter, although the black widow does leave a mighty big hole through the ribs, but still not as much as a 12 ga slug. Actually I have seen equally as large holes with some of the modern .50 stuff that is out there. 

I have shot deer with .50 and .58 round balls and I believe the .58 is the wiser choice for these types of loads.

I am not knocking the .50... I would not hesitate to use it again... I am just saying that given the choice, I would always take the .58.