LAST EDITED ON Oct-07-17 AT 10:24 AM (MST)
Apples and oranges to what we are talking about. I have never shot at anything past 120 yards with a muzzleloader because I have never used a scope, however 200 yards is a reasonable distance for those who practice with a scope, and there are bullets that are very capable out to that range.
It is a given that a 200 gr bullet put right thru the heart is better than a 500 gr gut shot. But try as I might, I can't always drill one thru the heart, and if he takes a step at the last minute and my bullet goes thru the shoulder, I want a bullet to be able to handle it.
You are really the one making it harder than it has to be by using the round ball . But that is OK. You enjoy the challenge and want to hunt as they did in times gone by. Nothing wrong with that.
I used a Bullshop 460 gr pure lead bullet for elk this year (never fired a shot). Some would say that is an overkill, and in some ways they are right. But I am shooting a White muzzy that likes big conicals, and I am using 85 gr of powder. To each his own!
venor, ergo sum (I hunt, therefore I am)