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Author Topic: .62 round ball over 55gr is it enough to go thru both sides.  (Read 259 times)

Offline Tajue17

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.62 round ball over 55gr is it enough to go thru both sides.
« on: November 25, 2018, 10:10:01 AM »
so I have been very confident of this load because when I dropped down to 55gr of 1 1/2 swiss  my grouping size tightened up a significantly to 4" @ 50yds which for me with a SB and front blade only I opted for accuracy over energy and keeping in mind my shots should realistically 35/40yds in the deer woods..

pic below was when I was trying new loads because I wasn't happy with the grouping I was getting with 80gr,, Dave motto 1730 fowler, .62/42", mink oil patch 50/55gr of swiss 1 1/2,, I came up to 55gr since


curious about others here who shoot smoothies,  whats been your lightest loads for deer?





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Online Rob DiStefano

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Re: .62 round ball over 55gr is it enough to go thru both sides.
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2018, 05:57:06 PM »
a sweet "light" load for my .62/42" smoothie is 65 grains of swiss 3f under a greased thick patched .575 ball.  this has given me some good groups at a tad over 40 yards on an 8" gong, offhand.  i did 5 grain test loads from 60 to 80 grains (swiss 3f) and 65 was the winner for this gun.  50 or 55 of 1-1/2f would seem to me to be kinda on the weak side.

i'll add - 55 grains of 1-1/2f under a 575 to 590 or so patched ball should be more than enuf to blow through thin skinned deer at 40 yards, no sweat.  if yer gun give's the acceptable consistent accuracy you expect, go for it.   

Offline Tajue17

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Re: .62 round ball over 55gr is it enough to go thru both sides.
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2018, 10:12:38 PM »
I'm going to try it and honestly I think 40yds max because of the way I like to set up in the woods I like to be nestled into the thick stuff a bit,   I forgot to mention I did take a shot at an old wash machine out in the woods and the ball blew threw one side which was pretty heavy duty sheet metal.    I might only get a a day or two out with the smoke pole due to work being so busy but fingers will be crossed and if anything I will post a pic here..
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Re: .62 round ball over 55gr is it enough to go thru both sides.
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2018, 05:54:22 AM »
go for it ted!   :thumbs:

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Re: .62 round ball over 55gr is it enough to go thru both sides.
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2018, 09:12:58 PM »
Ted, I will share something with you that fixed my accuracy issues with my .62 cal Fusil. I had tried every load configuration I could think of, but I just could not get it to group for nothing. It was so bad, that I decided that my gun was only going to be used for shooting shot at small game. Then I read a post on another site. The guy had the same make Fusil as mine, and had the same accuracy problems I did. What he found was, if he used a 1/2” cushion wad between the powder and patched ball, his gun would shoot very accurately. So I tried it, and low and behold, it worked! It now shoots amazingly tight groups.

My load is as follows; 80 grs. FFFG Goex, over powder card, lubed 1/2” cushion wad, .600 RB w/.010 thick lubed patch.

Give it a try, it might help out your accuracy problems with stouter loads.
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Re: .62 round ball over 55gr is it enough to go thru both sides.
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2018, 07:00:55 AM »
Back to your question though, I think the lighter load would go thru a deer if the deer was completely broadside, and you shot it thru the rib cage. BUT, many times you will have a deer in front of you that is not perfectly broadside, and that's where the heavier loads come into play. Quartering shots put bone in the way of the vitals on entry, or on exiting. I personally like a RB to pass thru a deer to bleed as much as possible for good blood trails. I hunt near very thick swamps with water, and I generally shoot for the shoulders to put them down fast before they can reach those thick tangled messes. With lots of heavy bone in the shoulder area, a good stout charge of powder is needed to do so in my opinion.
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Re: .62 round ball over 55gr is it enough to go thru both sides.
« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2018, 11:02:32 AM »
I have two smoothbore .62's and I like 80gr's of 2ff. "Ol' Two Fer" killed two deer with one shot on it's maiden hunt with that load. The ball went through the first deer and killed another behind the first.




The ball on the left was recovered from the 2nd deer just under the hide on the opposite side





The first deer with "Two Fer" laying on her





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