Muzzle-loading Woes at the Range
Went to the range today with the ambition to sight-in the muzzle-loader, .270, and slugster all in 3 hours. As you can guess, my goal was pretty unrealistic. Actually never got past the muzzle-loader. It's a Traditions Hawken .50 cal. w/ 1:48" twist. I was using patched balls and 90 grains of pyrodex at 50 yards, and was scrubbing it out every 2-3 shots. Let me tell you, it was all over the target. Fought with it for a while and finally reduced to 85 grains Pyrodex and it settled down. Best I could get was a 2 3/4" group of four shots with 2 shots over-lapping. Group was about 2" high at 50 yards. So here's my questions for y'all: Are the results I acheived suffiecient for good deer hunting? Considering open sights, patched balls, 85 grains Pyrodex, and how I sighted it in what's the max range I should consider shooting at a deer? Thanks for the help.