Nebraska Muzz Mule Deer

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by Elite Muzzleloader, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. Elite Muzzleloader

    Elite Muzzleloader Well-Known Member

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    Shot my first mule deer with a smokeless muzzleloader. 150 yard shot had rifle sighed in for 400 yards yet didn't need it. Belly crawled 100 yards to get into position.


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  2. shorty

    shorty Well-Known Member

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    Good job! I've seen some nice mulies just driving around western Nebraska.Like the front stuffer too...details on rifle and load?
     
  3. WyoElk2Hunt

    WyoElk2Hunt Well-Known Member

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    Nice deer.
     
  4. Elite Muzzleloader

    Elite Muzzleloader Well-Known Member

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    The rifle was my cheap way into the smokeless world and best way to get started. It's an Optima Elite 45/70 Slufoot Conversion. It's been drilled and tapped for a savage breech plug and shoots 250 Hornady SST at 2640 fps with a Win 209 primer. Powder is 12/55 4759/4198 duplex. It will hold 3" groups at 400 on a perfect day. The SST are not designed for more than 300 yard shots yet if shot right it can be achieved.

    Currently working on a McRem 45 build and plan on stretching it to 800 yards once I get it shooting 1 holers at 100 yards. At the moment in bedding a boyds stock and trying to decide if I should pillar bed it also. Going to shoot 275 Parker Match Hunters to get enough energy for an 800 yard shot. Powder will be 10/60 4759/4198 pushing it around 2800 unless I find a better load. If I can't get moa accuracy at 800 I'll look at my range again. I plan on posting full details on this build once I'm happy with my groups at 100.

    Thanks for the comments guys!