I was using the 250gr. They were cast by Kootanai Cartridge over here in Couer D’Alene and sold at one of our local sporting goods shops. I picked some up to try and found they shot the best. He passed away last year and I may have bought the last box. The few I have left are not of good quality- misformed, air pockets, dents. I lubed them with TC’s bore butter just prior to being loaded ( what a mess in warm weather). I agree, the good old round ball has taken a lot of game throughout history and I should probably give it more credit. I really like, and trust, a PRB for deer. I’d be more comfortable with a larger caliber round ball for elk, I think. Here in Idaho, we have some of the strictest muzzleloading laws in the country. Paper patched bullets are forbidden. Round balls or slugs must be of pure lead and within .010” of the bore diameter. No sabots. Patched round ball or naked conicals are ok.
Once the wads show up I’ll get to the range and see if it shows improvement with a wad using various conicals. Thank you for your offer, I greatly appreciate it. This may be the venture that finally pushes me to start casting my own.