minimum powder charge for a modern in-line

Discussion in 'Blackpowder & Musket' started by randy420, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. randy420

    randy420 New Member

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    I am saving up for a muzzleloader. I want to be able to deer hunt with it but I am kinda recoil sensitive. What would the minimum powder charge be I could use and be able to kill a deer at no more than maybe 125 yards? I don't plan on using a slug heavier than 300 grains max.
     
  2. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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    Caliber? You after those little dog sized Florida deer or Montana mule deer?

    The somewhat generally accepted rule of thumb for deer is 1000 ft lbs of energy.
    That translates to a 300 gr slug at 1225 fps.
     

  3. randy420

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    I live in and hunt in Noble county, indiana. The deer here range from 90-200 pounds. The bucks here range from the average button buck to the generic TV buck (8 point). There are also a couple of monster bucks that I have seen on the 109 acres I hunt on. The fields are small enough that a 3-9x scope is plenty. Basically you can cover an entire field with one of the new 200 yard shotgun slugs.
     
  4. randy420

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    50 caliber.
     
  5. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Absolute minimum charge would be 50 grains. Optimal will probably be in the 70 grain area.
    You'll need to see what your gun likes. Long range with black powder is not as easy as just loading 100 grains and pulling the trigger.
    Also depends on what you intend to use for ammo.
     
  6. randy420

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    I plan to use powerbelts. I also plan on getting a better recoil pad.
     
  7. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Gun should be pretty damn accurate then. It won't hero to touchy to the amount of powder you use.
    You shouldn't ever need more than 90 grains Max.
    If your in the 70 grain area recoil won't be bad.
     
  8. unioncreek

    unioncreek New Member

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    I hunt with a .54 flintlock in WA and use a 230 grain roundball. I use 90 grains of FFg and limit my range to 100 yards. You'll need to pick a bullet and they shoot different loads of powder to find out what you can handle and what the rifle likes best.

    Bob
     
  9. Shade

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    70-75 minimum for a good kill. I shoot ~110 but it does kick.

    If you are recoil sensitive, go with the lightest bullet you can find.

    Bullet mass has the greatest contribution to felt recoil without changing guns.
     
  10. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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