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#6193585 - 02/19/12 06:58 AM Minimum Load
Hemlock_Ranger Offline
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I just bought my 90 year old father a cva wolf in .50 cal. It is what he wanted. He would be shooting average size Pa. deer at 20 to 60 yards. He is starting with 777 pellets. I want to keep recoil low for obvious reasons.What would do the job and not knock him too hard? Thanks, Tom W.
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#6193873 - 02/19/12 08:38 AM Re: Minimum Load [Re: Hemlock_Ranger]
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i would shoot about 70grns with a fairing light bullet,say a 245gn

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#6193985 - 02/19/12 09:14 AM Re: Minimum Load [Re: srwshooter]
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One of the guys here had a load for his daughter with one 50 gr 777 pellet and a Hornady 240 gr XTP pistol bullet (IIRC) that was very effective. Low recoil and a complete pass through on a doe.

Hopefully he'll chime in.


Edited by fish head (02/19/12 09:57 AM)
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#6194054 - 02/19/12 09:32 AM Re: Minimum Load [Re: fish head]
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Originally Posted By: fish head
One of the guys here had a load for his daughter with one 50 gr 777 pellet and a Hornady 240 gr XTP pistol bullet (IIRC) that was very effective. Low recoil and a complete pass through on a doe.

Hopefully he'll chime in.
Dont know if it's me or not but I had my brother in law load his ml this past year with a single 50 grain pellet of pyro behind a Barnes 200 grain XPB bullet.
She weighs only 70 lbs and recoil never bothered her a bit....oh yeah! The doe she killed....the bullet blew right on through.


Edited by Tom264 (02/19/12 09:35 AM)
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#6194072 - 02/19/12 09:38 AM Re: Minimum Load [Re: Tom264]
fish head Offline
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That's it.

Never mind my post above. Wrong info.


Thanks Tom.
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#6194075 - 02/19/12 09:40 AM Re: Minimum Load [Re: Tom264]
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You should get about 1200 fps or so with a 240 gr. saboted bullet with one 50-grain 777 pellet. That would be the equivalent of a hot loaded .45 Colt or lightly loaded .44 Magnum handgun or a .44/40 factory load from a rifle. Those loads have been killing deer for years. At the short ranges you mention, there shouldn't be a problem.


Edited by wildhobbybobby (02/19/12 09:43 AM)
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#6194888 - 02/19/12 01:48 PM Re: Minimum Load [Re: wildhobbybobby]
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Thanks for the info! Dad has two replaced hips, one replaced knee, a pacemaker and has been diagnesed with colon cancer. Only God knows how much time he has. He missed one with my flintlock this past season and we had a great time. If he is able to hunt at all next season I want to be ready. Thanks again, Tom W.
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#6196531 - 02/19/12 08:28 PM Re: Minimum Load [Re: Hemlock_Ranger]
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Even having an opportunity to miss with a flint lock is a total peace! I hope he gets one more because that would make his life, however the time spent having the single try with you is even more priceless.

With that said, I would think, being a newbee here, that 70 grains loose, or single magnum load 60 grain pellet, with a light .430 - 240 grain Hornady hollow point XTP and harvester sabot should set that deer down with little recoil, yet deadly composition.
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#6200565 - 02/20/12 08:07 PM Re: Minimum Load [Re: Hydrashocker]
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Another thing you could maybe try would be the TC Shockwaves...



They make a .50 cal combo that shoots a 200gr. 40 cal projectile. TC says they'll work down to 1000 fps. Might be easier to get a XTP at working velocities but just another option.

My dad shoots these at 2200 fps. They are accurate out of his gun and penetrate well.
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#6202057 - 02/21/12 09:13 AM Re: Minimum Load [Re: Deerwhacker444]
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Good for you for getting your dad out there. We can all hope to be doing something like that when we get older. ....Marty

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