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Old October 7, 2005, 04:54 PM   #1
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Best Bp rifle catridge for hunting deer and elk

Hi, its me again, and mayby some of have read my post about the best centerfire catridge for hunting deer and elk. I think I will buy a modern gun later and I want to start to hunt with an bp rifle catridge . Am from austria and at first I will start to hunt deer, but which caliber would you recomend for that purpose. I will buy an sharps or remington rolling block replica.
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Old October 7, 2005, 09:18 PM   #2
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.45-70. .45-90 might be better, but I doubt it would be needed. The same for .45-110, only more so.
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Old October 8, 2005, 01:32 AM   #3
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Not sure what calibers are available in the two mentioned. I have an original Remington Rollingblock which was a 7X57 and I had it converted to 40-65 which would do the deer and elk just fine. I also have a Browning High Wall falling block in 38-55 which would also do deer and it would be OK for elk with perfect bullet placement (likely just a little light for elk). For having ammunition available the recommendation for 45-70 is probably the best. 45-90 and 45-110 are like my 40-65 requiring making your own ammunition and usually requires finding brass that can be made into what you need.
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Old November 14, 2005, 10:57 PM   #4
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I have a 50-100, a 45-120 and a 45-90. All are great and will dispatch all North American game. It really is up to the shooter and the loads you practice with. My confidence rifle is the big 50. I can change bullet weights and know that my original 1871 rolling block action with Badger barrel will get it done anywhere between 50 and 200 yards without a lot of muss or fuss with sights etc. I have shot it a bunch and just know how to move the hold over out to 200 yards from 100. In fact, in terms of knock down power, I shot a buffalo with it a couple of weeks ago with a 750 grain cast flat point.
It wasn't a long shot, maybe 50 yards but the 2200lb bull went down like a rag doll.

Good luck with your choice....don't buy a cheap one!
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