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Re: Target Practice

Posted by ken on Thursday, 16 June 2011, at 10:08 p.m., in response to Re: Target Practice, posted by Edmund Blesch on Thursday, 16 June 2011, at 6:23 p.m.

Just trying to get you there faster...!! Just friendly debate...suggestions!

Plenty of time to get a BP load working before fall. 65 or even 60 grains (especially Swiss)of black powder will knock any deer down, don't worry about getting 70 grains in there. Heck, a "carbine" load of 55 grains would work.

I just use a short length of dowel to compress the powder, one end flat, one end bullet shaped, and just slip it in the bullet seating die, compress, then seat the bullet. A little time-consuming, compared to using a real compression die, but it works. In the 45-70, using a drop-tube, it really takes little compression to fit in the full 70 grains. I would think the .50-70 would be the same difference. But again, if you can only drop-tube 60 or 65 grains in the case and still seat the bullet, I don't see a problem with that for deer hunting.

I purchased my rifle (M73) for the specific purpose of hunting black bear...and because I've always wanted one anyhow. I do believe that hunting with a Trapdoor beats using any modern rifle, (I usually use a flintlock, but the Trapdoor is my exception to the rule) I really think you will get more satisfaction out of the rifle, taking that deer with the smoke and boom of black powder, and as a bonus you can be sure that it will never damage your rifle. There's no way to be 100% sure with smokeless.

ken y.


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