|Originally Posted By Green_Canoe:
Originally Posted By Precision308:
looking at purchasing a lyman plains rifle in 50 cal flint. I want a kit to build a rifle and then try and deer hunt the old way. I do know a little about muzzleloaders. from what I have always read 1in60 twist is for round ball, 1in 48 is for a conical bullet and 1in28 is for a saboted bullet. the plains rifle has a 1in60 twist. will it shoot conical bullets well? has anyone shot whitetail deer with a round ball with success. and finally should I go with the 50 or 54 cal.
Pretty near every deer shot in N America from the begining of time until about 1840-1850 was shot with a round ball. They work just fine.
Either the .50 or .54 will work just fine on deer. Only go the .54 if you want a little more power "just because" or if you think you might use it for game bigger than deer at some time.
Yep, and by folks not wearing sentblocker, or having to hide up in trees...... ROFL
Im a 54 type guy, just cause I wanna have bigger balls than Jerimiah Johnson!