Re: Blackpowder pistol hunting question?
First off check with your state. Most black Powder seasons require a single shot rifle, or shotgun
loaded from the muzzel. Or I'd be hunting with Black powder carts. You might be able to use it during a regular hunting season in most states but not during Primative or muzzel loading.
Secondly Cabela's or one of the fine italian makers dreamed up the 1851 in .44 cal. '51's were .36 cal. Not to say they are bad guns (I own a pair). .44 ball round is going to be way to light however a .44 conical might get the job done. IMHO .40 grains of black in one of these reproduction guns might cause a lot of stress on the gun and your body parts. Short of using a Walker, I would not advise using that much powder in one of these. .24grains is plenty of ffg or fffg to make it move.
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