I'm a Georgian. And I live in Alabama. Biggest deer I killed weighed 200lbs DRT, undressed, as I shot him. He was an 11 point deer I thought was an 8 point at 160 yards. I shot him in the backbone. Through a hogwire fence. In the rain/fog of November. With a .30-06.I'm all done with Chemo, but the aftermath is becoming a real bore. I've been stuck day after day getting blood products and other stuff through the IV to get me out of the hole that the Chemo dug. Honorable #2 Son, Moose, has been carting me around. He's the one that just scored a .32 cal squirrel gun.
We were talking yesterday about deer and flintlocks. First off, a quick question about the .32 cal squirrel gun. It's legal to take deer with this flinter, but is it advisable? I've not had any experience, so I didn't know the answer.
Now for the big question: Moose wanted to know what my thoughts were on a dedicated flintlock deer rifle. My previous experience has been with a .54 TC Hawken caplock. It did the job, and back in the early 80's the common wisdom seemed to be .54 being an optimal bore for deer with patched round ball. We already have 2 Hawken-style caplocks in the family. Probably the next one ought to be a fullstock if practicable.
What are your thoughts on a flintlock deer rifle?
I would have never dared such a shot with a flintlock. That said, if I were gonna try that shot with a flinter, it would have been a .50 or better. With PRB generic physics is worth more than modern ballistics.