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What's Your Favorite caliber/gun for deer & small game

  1. Hanshi
    If you've been using prb in muzzleloaders for very long, you've likely to own more than one caliber. You also probably have a big game gun and a small game gun. Tell us about it and show a pic if you have one.
  2. RonT
    OK, I'll play. Here's a pic with my squirrel gun.....a .375 cal. smoothie. Cherry stock from scratch, hand forged butt plate, small Siler, barrel gifted from a Lodge Brother.
  3. Dave M
    Dave M
    I've been using a 54cal. for deer. Since the season has been over for a month now my son and I have been making black powder and shooting the **** out of it. The father in law has a trapper 50cal pistol we have been shooting also.
  4. Hanshi
    I started it so I should at least join in. I've killed small game and varmints with .32, .36, and .45. The .45 is at it's best with bobcat, coyote and coon size critters. The .32 and .36 are great for anything smaller. I've killed deer with .45, .50, .54 and .62. But so far I've mostly reached for the .45. It does so well, has never failed and I own three; but only one is flint and that's the go-to gun. I'll post some pics.

    The .32 flinter.

    The .36 flinter.

    The .62 flint smoothbore.

    The go-to .45.

    The little Pedersoli .50.

    The .50 Va flinter.

    The other .32, .45, .54 & .50s are percussion and this is a flint thread, right?
  5. Sharpsman
    I'm gonna come in here and play with you fellows but you're just gonna have to accept me as a 'newbie'! I was 'into' BPML a long time ago but my work stole my time! I've taken lots of game over the years with CF cartridges but frankly....that game has gotten old! Been a hunter all my life basically and love hunting big bucks! My son owns a couple places up in Kansas where I've taken some good bucks but come this September will be my first time to hunt them with a rocklock! I've had a flinter in my hands now for about ten days and I'm in the process of working out some 'newbie' woes but it'll all come together real soon I think! You folks have a good weekend coming up! Pretty rifles I might add!!
  6. RonT
    Here's my Whitetail rifle that I built ~30 yrs. ago. Bill Large .45 bbl,1:42 twist (!), Davis lock, the stock was a 'second' from The Log Cabin, skeleton buttplate, keys instead of pins.
  7. Hanshi
    It looks to me like it's ready for lots more deer.
  8. RonT
    Hanshi, did I see elsewhere that you are also a Trad archer? Note the horn top on the ramrod,....made by grinding 11* taper on a 3/8" drill bit and drilling a horn blank. Then used taper tool to match end of RR. Hide glue stuck on. Did this for years making footed arras.
  9. JoeH
    I've taken deer and elk with 50 & 54 roundballs, squirrel and rabbit with 36 roundballs. If I had to choose one caliber for both types of game I guess I'd go .45 but thankfully I don't have to make that choice. So far my .45's have been used only for primitive match shooting, for which I don't believe one could do better than with a .45 caliber.
  10. Flintlock1812
    my new favorite gun that I built last March.
    Trade gun 54 cal. Smoothbore. I will be using 60 GR of 3F Goex BP with a patched .530 rb
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check