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Author Topic: Guns that I have built and hunt with  (Read 1485 times)

Offline vtmtnman

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Re: Guns that I have built and hunt with
« Reply #15 on: August 17, 2017, 09:22:12 PM »
Mike do you find the .40 tears up squirrels bad?Never tried that size before.

Offline Shiloh1944

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« Reply #16 on: August 18, 2017, 01:28:46 PM »
Simply outstanding! :thumbs:

Offline Flintlock

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Re: Guns that I have built and hunt with
« Reply #17 on: August 19, 2017, 06:07:17 AM »
those are some beautiful looking flintlocks you have built mike. :thumbs:
Nice hunting too!

Online Mike Yancey

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Re: Guns that I have built and hunt with
« Reply #18 on: September 05, 2017, 09:36:21 PM »
Mike do you find the .40 tears up squirrels bad?Never tried that size before.
I love the 40 on squirrels and it just blows a nice hole through them.

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Re: Guns that I have built and hunt with
« Reply #19 on: September 06, 2017, 06:02:24 AM »
beautiful guns as always, mike!  and darned good harvests to boot!  :thumbs:  :thumbs:

i think a .40 *could* be the caliber for a one-gun feller, someone sorta new to trad muzzleloaders.  truly good for target/plinking stuff, low/no recoil, stingy on powder and lead, good for little to medium critters (skwerls, turks, thin skinned deer, small pigs).  however, it won't take but a season of fun shooting to end that one gun status, methinks.   8)

Offline Tony Van Dort

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Re: Guns that I have built and hunt with
« Reply #20 on: September 06, 2017, 09:10:37 AM »
beautiful guns as always, mike!  and darned good harvests to boot!  :thumbs:  :thumbs:

i think a .40 *could* be the caliber for a one-gun feller, someone sorta new to trad muzzleloaders.  truly good for target/plinking stuff, low/no recoil, stingy on powder and lead, good for little to medium critters (skwerls, turks, thin skinned deer, small pigs).  however, it won't take but a season of fun shooting to end that one gun status, methinks.   8)

There it is in a nutshell folks. 
Right you are Rob...I can feel this vortex sucking me into a world of fun!  seems there is no escape...lol

Blowing 40 cal holes through squirrels - why not!

I would think that the 40 round ball would be carrying a good bit of energy.  What is the average weight and velocity of that round?

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Re: Guns that I have built and hunt with
« Reply #21 on: September 06, 2017, 09:23:10 AM »
my .390 pure lead balls cast @ 86 grains.  dunno the velocity, i typically load 42 grains of swiss 3f, but could easily go up to 60 grains IF need be.

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Re: Guns that I have built and hunt with
« Reply #22 on: September 06, 2017, 02:36:21 PM »
I'd like to know how (progressively) the "knock-down" power of the '40 increases in relation to the velocity of that ball.

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Re: Guns that I have built and hunt with
« Reply #23 on: September 06, 2017, 02:51:07 PM »
with a .40 and medium'ish sized critters, it's gonna be all about shot placement at sane, realistic (for the shooter) distances.

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Re: Guns that I have built and hunt with
« Reply #24 on: September 06, 2017, 06:01:09 PM »
I don't have a lot of experience, like Rob, to add to the mix, but I do know that pure lead was the original EXPANDING medium for projectiles!

A soft lead .40 caliber ball will expand to a reasonable dimension in watery tissue such as meat.

Rob's comment of "sane realastic (for each shooter) distances is key...

There has to be enough remaining velocity to help the soft ball expand, but I saw a 50 cal one do horrendous damage at 70 yards years ago...started out at 170 grains and ended up 62 grains after smashing shoulder bones and traveling the length of the deer! Nice sized WT Doe, btw.