I've been deer hunting for @15 years. I've killed deer with a .30-06, 12ga slug, my Hoyt compound bow and my CVA inline, but never with a traditional ML. Ive been bitten by the blackpowder bug and over the last couple years and now also have a Hawken percussion and a flintlock TN mountain rifle, both .50 cal. I'm gonna bring them both this year. Patched roundball. I'll probably give these both a whirl from the ground, still hunting, flintlock of the weather is good, Hawken if it isnt. What are some tips? I usually shoot 80gr loads; should I bump it up to 100-110gr? I read to not use a patch lube that can freeze; I generally use dry lubed(Ballistol and water) patches with the Hawken and Mr.Flintlocks lube with the flinter, but have Bore Butter and mink oil too. Do you guys put a piece of tape over the bore? Do you pinch percussion caps to help prevent them falling off? What is the max range folks will take shots at? Any tips will be appreciated, thx.