Blackpowder pistol hunting question?

Discussion in 'Black Powder Shooting / Muzzleloaders / Handguns' started by DrMarc, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. DrMarc

    DrMarc New Member

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    Hello everyone!

    I'm new to the forum and love what I've seen so far.

    I have a hunting question for the experts in here.

    I've been a blackpowder rifle hunter for years but have just recently aquired an 1851 .44 caliber Navy blackpowder pistol from Cabela's.

    The question I have is what load of powder should I be using for whitetail deer hunting. I've been target practing with 20 grains but am thinking I need to kick it up a notch for hunting purposes. Should I be using 30 or maybe 40 grains of powder for this?

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance and I welcome any and all advice on this matter.

    Doc
  2. Oneida Steve

    Oneida Steve Active Member

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    The 1851 .44 blackpowder gun is a fine example of Colt's invention, but IMO it is NOT suitable for hunting whitetail deer. The sights are crude and even with a full load of powder it is too weak for hunting big game.

    I would recommend that you consider another firearm.
  3. Little Rooster

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    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.
  4. DrMarc

    DrMarc New Member

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    Thanks for the comments guys.

    This pistol would be used during regular deer rifle season and not muzzle loading season.

    So you guys are saying that you don't think the .44 cal with 20-25 grains would be enough powder for a close distance white tail hunt?
  5. Little Rooster

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    To get a quick kill, yes I think it's too light. It might get done if your fast enough to put 5 or 6 quick shots in it. One would probably mortally wound a deer, with a single shot, chances of finding it would be slim though.
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