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same powder charge. And longer time to
target entails a higher trajectory, which
complicates a longer shot.
The faster a projectile's velocity,
the less a shooter needs to worry about
gravitational pull, or drop.
But the effects of gravity will be the
same whether you're shooting uphill
or down.
A 50-yard uphill shot from a ground
blind will have the same bullet drop as
the 50-yard downhill shot from your
tree stand, or the 50-yard offhand shot
across the cornfield.
Compensation for drop is determined
by knowing the distance to the deer, on
the level.
In a tree stand, for instance, the
distance on the level is taken from the
base of the tree.
Know the ballistics table for the gun
you are using (Lyman's Black Powder
Guide is one excellent source), and
compensate accordingly.
At flintlock ranges of 100 yards or
less, the compensation is not worth
worrying about, but 200- to 300-yard
shots with an inline make compensation
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knowledge mandatory.
Photocopy the ballistics table for
your particular rifle and load, and tape
it on the stock of the gun for reference.

Clean Kill
How far can a muzzleloader shoot
with energy for a clean kill?
I only recommend shooting at deer
when the bullet will accurately strike the
vitals with 500 foot-pounds of energy.
Unfortunately, that "foot-pounds"
response tends to make hunters' eyes
glaze over.
Here is how it works.
Roundballs shot from flintlocks
will mushroom and release all of their
energy inside a whitetail while traveling
only 900 fps.
This is due to the nature of soft lead.
And most flintlock hunters are using
a 50-caliber patched roundball coming
out of the barrel at between 1,600 and
1,800 fps.
Meanwhile, copper-jacketed ballistic-tipped bullets, because of their
greater energy and better ballistic coefficient, must have velocities between
53

Hal Korber

There's a lot to think about before you squeeze
the trigger for a deer out 100 yards or more.



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