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Old 09-23-2010, 05:45 PM   #1
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I picked up a Navy Arms .50 cal BP rifle a while back and taught myself how to use the silly thing.
I'd like to try some deer hunting with it this year and was wondering if this would be feasible for 200 yard shots.
I live in wide open spaces, so it's tough to sneak up on anything.

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Old 09-23-2010, 06:07 PM   #2
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The challenge with black powder is that, due to the relatively low speed of the bullets, at long range, the trajectory resembles a rainbow. Whether or not you can achieve "minute of moose" accuracy- being able to hit a 5 inch circle- will depend on how well you can determine range, and adjust elevation accordingly (by aiming higher or lower). Otherwise you will miss over or under.

Try this- go buy some paper desert plates. The little ones- they are about 5 inch. Hang those at different distances. The distance you can CONSISTENTLY hit that plate, using the shooting position you would use in the field, is your personal max. Why 5 inches? About the size of the kill zone on a deer.

Me? I cheat like crazy. I shoot sitting, and use a shooting stick to help brace the rifle. Now go practice. A lot.

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You must also remember unless your shooting magnum loads (125 to 150 grains of powder) your going to lose a lot of kinetic energy at 200 yards. You may be able to hit the target but will the shot be ethical with that firearm at long yardages?

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I live in wide open spaces, so it's tough to sneak up on anything.
I've lived in Kansas all my life and most of my shots have been under 25 yards...so what's the difference?
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Maybe I'm not sneaky enough?

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Cornhusker- deer see movement. Technique is to find where deer will be moving from bedding to feeding/ watering, and pick a spot to AMBUSH them! Being able to SIT and NOT MOVE is a valuable skill. Have had a doe walk so close that as she passed me, I slapped her on the butt with my hat.

Probably not the wisest thing I have ever done, but the temptation as irresistable.

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I've had to lay flat on the ground to get some where there was no cover. Like c3 said...find a spot to ambush them. Scout around and you'll find a place.

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Maybe I could set up a blind or something?
I pretty much know where they'll be but it's hard to hid big ol' me in 2 inches of dry grass.
I see blinds for sale at Cabela's, but maybe if I hauled some straw bales out and made my own that would work?

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I use the same ground blind for bow and Black Powder , I lived in Fl. for 30 years and have made a few 200 yard shots and kills with my BP Rifle with 85 grn of FFG and a powerbelt sabot . 50cal 405 Grain Hollow Point

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