- January 26, 2017 at 3:40 pm #33003
Count em up and tell me. I’ve only been hunting with cast bullets for the past 6 years (although I’ve been casting for 20). So far, I’ve only taken about 14 deer with my cast bullets. Ranges were all very close with the longest being about a 75 yard running shot.
Custom MBT rifle in 358 Winchester, Sako AV (named Siete Leguas)
Custom MBT rifle in 358 Winchester, Jap77
Custom MBT rifle in 358 Malcolm, British Enfield
Custom MBT rifle in 45-70, Browning 1886 (named Lissy)
Inline muzzle loader, 50 caliber
50 caliber conical paper patch cartridge bullet designed by me.
Ranch Dog 458 caliber 350 grain bullet.
Lee .452 230 gr RN pistol bullet (in a sabot)
Lyman 358318 (both grease grooved and paper patched).
COWW + 30% tin (no typo).
COWW + 50% pure lead
House alloy (95/2.5/2.5)
50/50 olive oil and bees wax (in the 45-70 over smokeless ref. Larry Gibson)
.452/50 caliber sabot.
Kawasaki Green powder coat.
- January 26, 2017 at 4:34 pm #33005HarterParticipant
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Living in the land of 1 by lottery draw per yr …… I’ve taken 1 with a spire point 1 off hack job bullet . 110LH 30-06′ , 200gr at 1800 fps right at 100 yd quartering away . The 75/25 WW/1-20 did about the same damage as a 2700 fps Hornady 150 gr SPBT at 150 . Just a single bound about 20 yr down hill almost straight towards the truck .
I’ve killed 5 hogs with a 45 Colts in 16 and 20 inch M92 carbines with a Lee 452-255 RNFP @265 and 454424 @ 257 cast of 50/50 1-20/WW over Unique and H110 ,in separate cases, at ranges from powder burn to 47 yd and 92-165# hoof weight . The first was hit about perfect in terms of a double lung shot . Being already juiced up and running full throttle it took 300 or so yds for him to drown and drop . The rest basically collapsed within a length of where they were hit the first 2 were taken with 8.5gr of Unique under the 265 gr @ 165lbs , 17 yd running and 135# at 48yd walk and pause , perfect on leg forward broadside with about a 1/2″ exit wound . The powder burn hog was 145# and shot in the left front shoulder and had half moon slot across the inside of the right ham .
If I go for hogs again this yr I may try my own powder under my own bullet .
- January 26, 2017 at 5:10 pm #33006WaksupiParticipant
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Gosh, I have no idea. Killed my first deer with a cast round ball in 1972. Dozens since then, plus antelope, elk, bear, and buffalo, along with a bunch of small critters.
- January 26, 2017 at 5:21 pm #33007AnonymousInactive
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ONE, but then this was the first year I hunted deer with cast, a dandy black tailed forked horn meat deer. 30/30 mod 94 win, 180gr gc 311041 lee clone, 50/50 coww/soww 28gr 3031. Heart shot @20 yards, dead on the ground in 50 ft. basically zero meat loss.
While I still shoot jacketed, for longer yardage in more open country, I have basically become a cast only shooter.
- January 26, 2017 at 6:00 pm #33008
No shame in shooting jacketed. For long shots or in semi automatic (hard on ammo) guns, it’s the right tool for the job.
For close shots and general hunting, cast is definitely the right tool for that job. Everything has it’s place.
I kind of took the same approach to optics, and hunt far more with iron sights these days.
- January 26, 2017 at 6:19 pm #33010Rattlesnake CharlieParticipant
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Three with muzzleloaders.
One with Shiloh Sharps in.45-70 using a 367 gr RFN Ranch Dog ahead of IMR 4350. I can’t remember how much now.
- January 26, 2017 at 6:27 pm #33011RemmieParticipant
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Only one with a bullet I cast, and I didn’t even get the fun of shooting it. SIL used my 30-30 with a 170 gr Lee bullet, COWW+2%sn. I don’t remember the exact load, would have to go look in the log book. But it was a young spike and it went through like it was a laser beam. According to him it took about 3 leaps and folded up.
- January 26, 2017 at 8:35 pm #33012kensParticipant
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1 with my flintlock Tennessee rifle, .45 patched ball
1 with .45 caplock Pennsylvania rifle .45 patched roundball
1 with a SxS .50 muzzle loader ( saboted .45hardball that I drilled my own hollow point)
1 with inline saboted .45 acp bullet
- January 27, 2017 at 5:20 pm #33027WCMParticipant
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I went through a stage when I hunted the woods exclusively with a .44mag revolver.
I knew most shots would be 50yds of less.
I used the RCBS 240gr SWC GC bullet with 22 grs of 2400
I killed eight or ten deer during that period.
Never lost one.
Killed a deer with my .50/90 sharps. When the smoke cleared the deer was flat.
Other deer I killed were with a .45/70 and the RCBS 400gr GC bullet.
Original 95 win .405 made in 1913
Hoch 300 gr GC with 50 grs IMR 3031
I have no Idea how many deer I have killed in my life overall.
My eyes just won’t cut it with iron sights anymore, so with revolvers I use a red dot sight.
Just remembered I killed a doe shooting offhand with a Colt Lightning .44/40 at 80 yds.
I use an RCBS 200 gr bullet with 9grs of Unique.
- January 27, 2017 at 8:49 pm #33030Larry GibsonParticipant
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I couldn’t even venture a guess. First deer I killed with a cast bullet I was 15 years old back in ’62. Was with a 311008 over 8 gr Unique out of my M94 30-30 carbine. That load runs right at 1450 fps. Killed numerous deer (black tails) as we had agriculture permits for usually 15 – 18 per year. I started using the 311041 in ’68 out of ’08s and ’06s along with the 30-30. I also used the 311284 and then the 311299 a bit. I used the Forster HP tool to lightly HP them.
As an LEO back in the ’70/’80s I put down a lot of injured deer, elk and domestic animals with a variety of different bullet/cartridge combinations of which a lot were with cast bullets, particularly when I was with the SO.
- January 27, 2017 at 9:21 pm #33033Bodean98Participant
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That one is easy for me to answer.
I took one last year with my 44 mag Redhawk and a Lee 430-310 and one this year with my 1893 Marlin 38-55 and an Accurate 38 255V.
I really learned this year that my eyes aren’t nearly as good as they used to be either. I had much difficulty with the sights on the Marlin.
- January 28, 2017 at 5:28 pm #33057Kevin SParticipant
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5 years casting so I would say 6 or 7.
30/30 1958 vintage 94 probably2 Savage 340 got to be 4-5 Savage 325 none yet
7TCU Axis 1( Head hanging low, 2 lost)
44 mag RSRH Always carried never the rite cercomstance to take shot. 1 kill
Alloy usually 50%coww/50% soww + 1%sn
Most used FWFL only 2 were PC
- January 30, 2017 at 2:35 pm #33113
I’ve got a Ruger Redhawk 44 as well. However, I’m afraid I’ll never get a deer with it until I leave the rifle at camp and hunt with the Redhawk exclusively. But I just can’t dive off into pistol hunting that far……..yet.
- February 1, 2017 at 1:46 am #33187IzzyjoeParticipant
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I killed my first with a .410 slug, and I’ve killed half a dozen with a 50 Hawken using Round ball, but a lot more with various center fires in different calibers, all with jacketed. And a few others with a small caliber that should not have been used!
- February 2, 2017 at 12:29 pm #33243MilkmanParticipant
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I hunted with a 45 Hawken for years while the kids were growing up. (Couldn’t afford another rifle) I don’t know how many I killed with it and patched round ball or Lee REAL. Since then I have taken several a year with cast, almost every year, in mostly 35 cal. rifles. Gotta love those 35’s
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