So I recently moved back to Oklahoma, and decided I should take advantage of the muzzleloader season, and not just archery and rifle. I’ve been shooting long range with center fire rifles for a long time now, and used my knowledge gained there to help me with my very first muzzleloader. I wish I would have found this group earlier, but that’s hindsight. Anyway I ended up purchasing a CVA Acura LR-X. I topped it with a Burris RT15. I sourced some 285 gr elr powerbelts, 209 primers, and some blackhorn 209 powder. I played with loads, and landed on 77 gr weighed. According to my ballistic app, this load should retain enough energy to be lethal on deer out to 400 yards. So I practiced out to 400 yards. It proved to be somewhat accurate at 400 yards. Here’s a 5 shot group at 400. I found it’s a lot harder to be accurate with a muzzleloader, than a center fire rifle. So I passed on a couple of decent shooter bucks, hoping my target buck would come in. He never showed, but this guy decided to show up. One of my better deer ever taken. The shot was 200 yards on the dot, and put him down in 10 yards. Bullet entered perfectly behind the shoulder, and exited a little bit far back. But it destroyed both lungs, and did its job. Hunting with a muzzleloader is a lot more fun than I thought it would be. I wish I would have picked this up years ago. I’m hooked now.