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Old 12-05-2020, 03:23 PM
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Thank you for all the advice. I'm kinda new to muzzleloaders. I got my first black powder deer last year with a 50 caliber inline. But I like the more traditional style better, which reminds me hows the recoil on a 50 caliber Hawken style rifle? I'm looking at one of them for deer hunting( specifically the Traditions Hawken Woodsman or the Traditions Trapper percussion pistol 50 caliber. Hows the recoil on a 50 caliber pistol like the one mentioned above? Sorry for all the questions and going off topic from 32 caliber to 50 caliber. I'm just trying to learn all that I can. Thanks
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Old 12-06-2020, 03:55 AM
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The fifty caliber guns don't kick much more than a 20gauge shotgun,although for me the Hawken style tends to slap me in the cheek. I prefer a straighter stock with no cheek piece. As for the Traditions Trapper 50 caliber pistol,I took a deer with mine last year at about 20 yards. I would not recommend shooting a deer much beyond 35 yards with the gun. With a load of 40 grains of 3f and a 490 patched round ball, the energy level is not there for clean kills beyond 35 yards in my opinion. Now I had a T/C scout pistol once that I loaded with 60 grains of 3f and a 240 grain ballet that took deer out to 50 yards, but It kicked like a 500 S&W.
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Old 12-06-2020, 01:51 PM
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Ok. So they don't kick very much then. That's good to know. I've actually never really shot a 20 gauge before. Only shot one once or twice and even then I don't really remember what the recoil felt like. I do however shoot my 870 12 gauge for deer and turkey so I guess I can handle the recoil. Here in VA we have a 50 grains of powder minimum for both rifle and pistol. I think I'll stick with the rifle for now until I can get comfortable with the idea of shooting a 50 caliber hand cannon. One more question. What would a good hunting charge for deer be out of the rifle with .490 patched round ball?
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Old 12-06-2020, 02:12 PM
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Many shoot 75-85 grains of 3f in their 50 caliber guns with patched round ball for deer. Your gun will determine which load and patching/lube it likes best for accuracy. The slower twist guns (1:60-1:72") generally require more powder to get the best accuracy. The common 1:48" usually like 75-85 grains for deer hunting accuracy and power. I no longer shoot a 50 for my deer hunting. where i hunt the cover is very thick and even a mortally hit deer can go 100 yards or more which would involve crawling on my hands and knees for hours tracking a hit deer. I now use either a 54 or a 58 for my deer hunting cause I want to drop the deer in its tracks. I aim for the shoulders, and usually break both with my shot so the deer does not go anywhere. I lose some meat, but it is worth it now to have to blood trail a deer in the heavy laurel.

As for loading 50 grains or more in your trapper pistol, I would advise against it. I believe, 40 grains is the listed max for that gun.
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Old 12-07-2020, 10:11 AM
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Thank you for all the advice. So if I get every thing right: use about 15-20 grains of 3f powder and start with a .15 patch for the 32. And use about 80 grains of powder for deer in the 50 caliber rifle and about 30-40 grains of powder in the pistol. Thanks again for the advice.
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