Re: Long Range Muzzleloader
I would not argue your point, no doubt if the big heavy and long bullet is launched properly it will carry a long distance accurately. Seems to me that the "art" of getting the most out of patched bullets might be dying, but I believe that you are correct that patched bullets (muzzleloaded) have the same potential.
I have a friend in Kansas City who participates in Schuetzen style competitions, those guys are VERY good shooters and keeping a tradition alive. Same would go for the shooters mentioned that build super-heavy benchrest style muzzleloaders, no doubt they are doing some stuff that would compete with centerfires. But unfortunately this has no relevance to the guy who just bought a blisterpacked Traditions from WallMart and who's going to participate in a muzzleloader season this year. Bottom line is that he is going hunting, and we sure as hell need more hunters in this world we live in, just to keep our sport going.
We recovered a bunch of bullets, the T/C - Hornady was the best performing at long distnace, plus the most accurate.
I am going to shoot the T/C bullets out to 300 yards shortly to establish actual drops and wind drifts. Will use a large steel backdrop to try to catch all the shots, have a spot where I can change firing positions to fire in full and partial value winds. Will put a tactical scope on an Encore so I have lots of adjustment lattitude.