I’ll keep that in mind!I believe a top of the heart/bottom of the lungs is best with a RB. Make those holes low in the body cavity so it doesn't take much time for blood to fill and start leaking out of them.
I shot one high lungs a couple of years ago with a .54 cal 425 grain conical on top of 100 grns of 2f. The deer went about 80 yards and was done, but the blood trail was non existent. A little at the sight of impact, but then nothing. Shoot them a quarter of the way up if you want a better blood trail.
This sounds like a man who's taken his share of deer with a muzzle loader. I couldn't agree more. I started ML hunting in 1976 with a .54 Renegade. I now hunt with a .54 flintlock that I built. We can take 12 does a year and for the last 10 or so years I've usually taken at least 2 a year. That means I've killed a lot of deer in my 65+ years and here is how I see it.I must be the anomaly in this crowd as I’ve had very dismal blood trails resulting from my 54. I’ve never lost a deer, but I’ve had to crawl on my knees looking for drops of blood. Like previous posts, I’ve never seen a deer catch a 54 prb. But I have had several double lunged deer make it approx. 100 yds with a faint, if not barely existing blood trail. I’ve found the best shot is one that disrupted the central nervous system. That’s where a successful bang flop comes from.
True.., while I had a buck go 80 yards due to an adrenalin dump by being pushed over to where I was hunting, by fox hunters with hounds, the deer went 80 yards..., I, on the other hand, went about 1000 yards looking for him, and finally found him. After finding him I looked for blood along his back trail, and didn't find any.Deer hit with a well placed .54 round ball can and do sometimes run off and disappear.
I've seen it, south Texas 1991.
Nothing is 100%.
I shot .54 minie balls also which were painful but accurate. I shoot a .58 now but have a shoulder pad. Great gun you have, enjoy and good hunting. IanI really like it! The recoil doesn’t bother me too bad with a round ball, I have a friend that has the hunter version that can shoot conicals, and that sucker just hurts!
I would rethink the shot from the tree stand....very bad advice for a novice hunter. Do some research and then get some field time shooting from a tree stand.Well you don't need much of a blood trail if they fall within sight of the spot where they were standing when they were hit.
Pass through? Yeah you'll probably get pass through using a 120 grain load, alright.
Granted deer down here are about 30%-50% smaller than you might encounter up where you live, but I get pass-through with 70 grains of 3Fg at 100 yards or less.
As I'm sure you know shot placement on the deer is the key. Here are the two places that I will aim and take a shot on a deer,...
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The only tracking trouble that I had was once when the buck had been flushed from his mid-day hideout by some fox hunters, and he had just slowed down to a walk but was still jazzed-up with adrenalin when I shot him. So he went about 80 yards and then fell over. No blood trail. Pass through, though.
The only two tips I have for you, is a) hunt all day; no break from the woods for lunch. This rings true the best on public hunting areas and places which adjoin public hunting land, and b) Mark where you stood when you took the shot with a cheap, easily replace, polyester blaze orange knit hat. Being able to look back and see where you stood when you shot is valuable in finding where the deer actually was standing when hit.
Sorry if the photo wasn't precise. The treestand placement means you're looking downwards at the animal, not the same angle as the broadside shot.I would rethink the shot from the tree stand....very bad advice for a novice hunter. Do some research and then get some field time shooting from a tree stand.
Sorry late on this. Just moved to another Province. The Lee mold is 90473 it will cast a .553 Minie ball. Nice tight fit, I got maybe 3 off before the need to swab the bore, but accurate and very powerful. Good luck. IanFor the .54 minies, which mold number are you using?