Each of my rifles have a certain load or charge that I know the rifle shoots very well. And I have confidence in the ability of it to take game/deer. But in the sabot department, I have never to date killed a deer, shooting a sabot/bullet combination. It seems when I hunt with them, I never see anything. I load up an old roundball and the deer bounce around me all day. And that roundball is good deer medicine. So I just bring one home with them.
I do experiment with about anything I can find, as you all know. That is the allure of muzzleloading. For instance.. I have a Ruger M77 in 7mm magnum. I know that if I load a Winchester 150 grain Power Point SP cartridge, there is nothing safe for many hundreds of yards around me. That combination just flat out shoots and kills. So what fun is that. I like shooting the rifle, but I know what its going to do. Now a muzzleloader.. you guys talk about all these different bullets and conicals out there.. and by darn I just have to buy them and shoot them. And I have a blast trying them out. That is fun.
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