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Deer hunting with a Smoothbore

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I have a Indian Trade musket that I built about 10 years ago, and I have never used it to hunt with. Well Primitive Deer season starts soon, and I would like to use this gun.
I have several bullet sizes and some oversized minnies, but How much FF black powder should I use fot Deer hunting.
The Barrel is one of NORTHWEST TRADEGUNS, that was out of southern Ohio. and it is Flintlock.
I would ask Curly Gostomski He made the Barrel but He died.
Any suggestions? :-D
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bore size of a trade gun

DLH, I have a Curly barrel in 20 guage and it mikes out to .619 to .620 and I use the .610 round ball and a pillow ticking patch with old Zip patch and 48 grs. of Goex 3f black. I have have had 6 peole take deer and turkey with that gun and she shoots a ragged hole at 25 yards and a 3 inch group at 50 yards. At 75 yards the group opens up to 3 1/2 inches. Are you sure you do not have the 28 guage.Tryit.
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