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What bullet do you shoot, check this out!

I’m currently shooting Barnes TMZ and don’t really have any complaints other than the I can’t tighten up my groups to what I would like. 2 years ago I had the chance to recover a bullet from a mulie that I shot at 170yrds, just hanging out of the hair and was in total shock when I seen it, look at the picture on the package and that is really what the bullet does, AMAZING!

 

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Barnes TMZ

A hunting partner has been using this bullet in his Knight .54 ever since he won it at an RMEF banquet several years ago.  He's used it with absolutely no complaints on 3 elk and at least as many mule deer.  He doesn't worry too much about getting the smallest groups possible.  He hunts with open sights (peep sight) & his rifle easily shoots to minute of mule deer.  Don't use them myself - I'm stuck on muzzleloaders that have a hammer on the side & shoving a bullet wrapped in plastic down my current hunting front stuffer just seems wrong.  If I ever take my Austin & Halleck out hunting (bought it at a RMEF banquet action for a song) I'd most likely look at the Barnes bullets first.  Realistically, if your gun/load shoots well enough to kill mule deer at 170 yards, is a slightly tighter group gonna kill the next buck any deader?

Oh, and congrats on the mule deer!

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I am a little different when

I am a little different when it comes to muzzle loaders.  If it's not a lead bullet shot with open sights and a side lock on the rifle it shouldn't be classified as a muzzle loader.  Right now I am shooting a .54 caliber 430gr maxi-ball that I cast myself through my T/C Renegade.  It has done the bill on 3 elk and 4 mule deer with compleate pass through on all of them.  It gives you a nice hole going in and one about the size of a soft ball going out.   

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nyck nyck.. If that renegade

nyck nyck.. If that renegade isnt shooting round ball, its not a real muzzleloader laugh

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Round Balls

FrontierGander wrote:

nyck nyck.. If that renegade isnt shooting round ball, its not a real muzzleloader laugh

Picky picky, I did take my first deer with a .54 round ball and a spit covered patch for lube. 

I guess that I could switch to a minni ball out of it. 

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LOL.....Round balls and all lead bullets sounds old school to me, but I do think its cool. To me if the bullet go's down the muzzle intern its a "Muzzle loader". I feel that I owe the animals I hunt to use the best equipment I can to ensure a clean kill. I know I'm not good enough to do it with a ball!

I'm shooting a Traditions Pursuit 50cal, works great for me I can shoot a pie plate @ 200yrds!

 

 

Here is the beast that bullet is from!!!

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Barnes TMZ

I have tried many different bullets for my current muzzle loader and like the Barnes TMZ best. I have recovered a couple of them from deer I shot and they look the ads pictures. great performance!!

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TMZ

I don't think I would change from the TMZ but maybe try some other powder, I use 100gr 777 pellets

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Critter, we could share rifle

Critter, we could share rifle one rifle.  My Renegade has the hammer on the left for my south paw tendencies and I set up an XS front blade & XS aperture driiled & tapped in next to the nipple chamber.  Best sight ever for muzzleloaders in my opinion.  Got it specifically because I wanted to shoot heavy lead at heavy animals.  Three other rifles with 1:66 to 1:70 twists are used for round balls but I'm convinced that round balls just don't have to energy to ethically take game weighing over 150 lbs at ranges greater than 50, maybe 75 yards.  Sure, Jim Bridger & the boys back in the day used round balls but that's probably because they didn't have a mold that would throw a MaxiBall.  The Maxiball gives me a comfortable feeling out to 125 which is far enough.  Muzzleloaders used during muzzleloader seasons should be short range weapons.  Otherwise I'd use my 06.

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Both the 250 grain / 300gr

Both the 250 grain / 300gr Thor conical with 90-100gr American Pioneer or Blackhorn209.

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That's a great buck and good

That's a great buck and good terminal performance.

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