I just got my first muzzleloader (CVA Accura 50 cal) and will be using it for the first time this season. I'm seeing that they make muzzleloader bullets in all shapes and sizes - conicals, sabots, solid and hollow points from 223gr to 444 gr, etc. I know each gun has it's own preferences and that accuracy can vary according to the bullet type and load but what WEIGHT bullet do most of you muzzleloader hunters use for whitetails? How big is big enough to really drop them? BTW, my typical shot will be in the 30-70 yd range.
I have to admit that I lean towards "bigger is better" thinking that it'll make the deer fall closer to where I shoot him or bleed out faster if the shot placement is less than ideal. I'm too old and lazy to be hauling a carcass up hills and through the woods if it isn't necessary. And I HATE tracking a deer at night when there is not a clear bloodtrail.
Thanks guys for your input.