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of drop at 300 yards - and that's with a
load of four black-powder pellets.

Deep Considerations
At 300 yards, making a mistake in the
trajectory can result in a miss, or worse,
a wounded deer.
It's a shot that has to be thought about
carefully before attempting.
The heavy recoil of the gun itself also
can lead to flinching.
Assuming the rifle with scope weighs
around 7½ pounds, 200 grains of
powder and a 250-grain bullet can
generate more recoil than a turkey load
from a 12-gauge shotgun.
The fear of recoil will have an effect
on how some shooters shoot.
But if flinching occurs, there's little
hope of making a 300-yard shot accurately.
Flintlocks have shorter effective
ranges compared to inlines, typically
about 100 yards.
If rangefinders aren't used, hunters
using flintlocks with iron sights need
to judge distance to the target.
More than five decades ago, I devel52

oped a method of judging distance up
to 100 yards.
Within 50 yards, a deer's eye looks
glassy black, surrounded by a ring of
white hair.
When a deer is out there at 75 yards,
the eye is not glassy looking, but appears as a black dot with that white ring
around it.
At 100 yards, the eye is not distinctly
visible. White can be seen on the face,
surrounded by brown.
A muzzleloader sighted in at 40 yards
will print at exactly the same spot at 80
yards, and then 3 inches low at 100.
Using this simple trick of judging
distance by looking at a deer's eye
can really help a hunter with an opensighted rifle put a bullet in the boiler and
bring home the venison.
The October muzzleloader season
allows for the use of scopes. And scopes
are necessary to achieve the accuracy
demanded by longer open-field shots.

About Your Load
Heavier bullets generally have slower
velocities than roundballs, given the



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