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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-09-2010, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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Remaining energy at 200 yds? will kill deer?

I received my monthly issue from the NRA and they pose some interesting questions. I shoot the hornady 200 grain .45 cal out of my muzzleloader.
This is measured with a cronograph at 2204 fps. Now the info i get from hornady is at 2325 fps at the muzzle the remaining energy at 200 yds is approx 1351 ft lbs? Is this enough to kill a good buck?
The load I shoot is 110 grains of Blackhorn209 but I feel I should bump it up the extra 10 grains and shoot max load for max energy with this load???
What is the consensus of opinion?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-09-2010, 05:26 PM
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i think i read somewhere once that 750 foot pounds is like the minimum for deer.
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-09-2010, 07:02 PM
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I agree with ronn the kinetic energy required to kill a whitetail deer is between 750 - 800 ft. lbs. with optimum shot placement.
at 1351 ft. lbs. you should be in business.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-09-2010, 07:03 PM
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thanks bb i wasn't sure if i was remembering correctly.

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