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I am currently loading a 500 grain cast bullet over 13.2 gr of unique. Do you feel this is a viable hunting load for small eastern whitetail?
The launcher is a standard Handirifle with a 1 power Weaver K1 mounted.
I am planning on returning to real gunpowder as soon as I can get a supply of Graf's Schwartzpulver black powder, it's very clean burning and gave fine accuracy with that bullet.
 

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I am currently loading a 500 grain cast bullet over 13.2 gr of unique. Do you feel this is a viable hunting load for small eastern whitetail?
The launcher is a standard Handirifle with a 1 power Weaver K1 mounted.
I am planning on returning to real gunpowder as soon as I can get a supply of Graf's Schwartzpulver black powder, it's very clean burning and gave fine accuracy with that bullet.
I've never used that load or bullet...so I can't tell you if it is a good candidate for a hunting load...I know many folks swear by cast bullets at slow velocities out of the 45-70...I am not one of them...My 1 & only cast load is a Cast Performance 405 grain WLNGC...and my start loads for it goes 1850 fps...to much higher...I want a load that will kill humanely out to 200 yards with as flat of trajectory as I can get...I normally use bullets that hold together and yet expand...This season I used the Hornady L.E. ammo...It got my deer...but...didn't give the performance I like...The Nosler Partition...or the Speer Uni-Core...start them out at 1800fps...or 2450fps...will give you an outstanding 150 yard-250 yard whitetail load...which will anchor a deer large or small with dramatic results..Just because the cartridge comes before the turn of the century...doesn't mean I have to use it as that...With the right loads...it will take the smallest to largest animals walking...

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In answer to your question. I have killed elk with a 500 grain cast bullet at about 1300 fps. The elk dropped
right where it stood. Last year I killed a cow elk with a cast 405 grain bullet. She turned 360 degrees and
dropped. No meat ruined on either elk. Neither elk was over 150 yards away.
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Thanks for the input. :) This year I hear my employer is giving a good bonus, I think I shall send my reciever back to H&R and get a few new barrels. Perhaps 30-30 and .357 mag. Opinions are welcome.
 
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