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Location: New Mexico
Joined: 03/25/2005
Posts: 20
50 cal loads for deer

What would be a good mule deer load in general, bullet type, weight etc, short range and long range.

Location: Arkansas City, Kansas
Joined: 09/06/2004
Posts: 83
50 cal loads for deer

What rifle are you shooting? In my Lyman...my deer load is 80grs. of 2f Swiss with the 325gr. REAL bullet. Whitetails are all I've shot with it, but there's no muledeer that's gonna stand up to it either.

Location: Colorado
Joined: 02/27/2003
Posts: 394
50 cal loads for deer

A good load for my rifle might be a horrible load for your rifle. Not just because they may have different barrel lengths and rates of twist, but also because each muzzleloader seems to be an individual, shooting differently than other muzzleloaders, even from the same manufacturer. Much more so than for modern cartridge guns.

What kind of gun do you have? What is its barrel length and rate of twist? That will influence whether you want to use a round ball, short conical, long conical, or even sabot (though sabots are illegal during muzzleloader season in some states). Once you have an idea of what kind of projectile you should be looking at, start experimenting until you come up with a load that's not too heavy, and shoots well and consistently.

Location: Middle Tennessee
Joined: 08/25/2005
Posts: 409
50 cal loads for deer

I would go with a mid 200's weight bullet with 100 grains of powder or pyrodex.

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