- Mar 7, 2009
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- New Braunfels, Texas
Good advice. I've shot smoothbore's that where every bit as accurate as some rifles within 50 yards and if you practice then depending on the conditions where you will be hunting, 75 yards is well within range. You can get a semi custom rifle, "in the white" which requires you to sand & stain the stock and also blue or brown the metal yourself (or leave it to patina naturally). That way you can get a stock made specifically for your particular measurements, the type of wood you want and the caliber and length of barrel. It should be within your stated budget.OP...nobody has asked the average distance you take a shot?
I have a 28” barreled Wilson Chiefs trade gun (.62 cal smooth with a rear sight) that I can group inside the palm of my hand at 60 yards. It weighs 5.75 pounds.
80 grains of 3F makes meat out of deer and big Texas hogs.
That said I like rifles better. 2” groups at 75 make me happier. A 30” .58 would be very handy and light.
I have a Pedersoli Kentucky (percussion) in .50 with a 15/16” barrel that is 38” long and it’s very easy to carry.
Should be plenty of options for you and plenty of power at 26” for 75 yard and in shooting.