Setting up a "Northwest" .50 cal

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I had my cva accura mr-x out Thursday for its first ever hunt, I am sighted in and shooting x's at 100 yards, I don't shoot any further for hunting, with 2 60 gr t7 pellets and a 300 gr xtp, well, on its first hunt, I dropped a massive 8pt that dressed out at 213 lbs at 31 yards as he was chasing a doe towards me,to my left, I got him stopped and put the german lighted reticle on him and pulled the trigger, he stumbled 42 yards and dropped dead within 10 seconds.

I calmly reloaded in stand and finished my coffee and waited an hour before I got down, no ground shrinkage, a lot bigger deer that I thought. I had him on camera at a nearby scrape. I shot him in the hardwoods coming out of a recently cut corn field. ( I hate the fold up ram rod,Its a headache,imo...)

So we caped him out and got him to butchers on Thursday afternoon, I shot him about 654 am on Thursday morning, I didn't hunt Thursday afternoon, but I got out Friday morning and didn't see much, I have waited until the Friday afternoon of my vacation to hunt a stand I hung in 2015 on my own land, I shot a dandy 10 pt first time ever in stand with my compound, after I hung it in morning.

I have hunted it 7 times in 7 years, I let 2 other good bucks go the last few years, around 357 pm on Friday, I had 2 does come out to my left, I knew....5 minutes later, here came a big 8 pt, but I could not get a shot,they chased and went out other way,as I was looking to my left, I heard some commotion to my right, I turned, seen a doe trotting, she then looked back into the thick stuff and sure enough, out walked a giant 9 pt, I waited and waited for him to walk into full view and at 78 yards I put the german reticle and red dot on his front shoulder and neck area and pulled the trigger, after the smoke cleared.

I didn't see him, just the doe. I reloaded in the stand, and waited for what seemed like n hour but was probably 10 minutes, it was about 420 pm now, about 30 minutes before dark and I am at the back end of my land in the thick slash/swamp and our property borders a neighbours who owns 400 acres and its just a slash. I got down and didn't see him, but as I crept over the ridge, I watched him about 60 yards away walking slowly with tail flickering.

I made the hard decision to leave him overnight, afraid If I bumped him, he would never be seen again. It was -9 and only worry was coyotes, what a brutal night of beating myself up, well at 8am the next morning we set out to locate him, and sure enough he was about 70 yards from last spot I seen him , he had been dead since about 5pm night before,no yotes found him. 2 days,first two hunts with cva accura mr-x and two wall hangers. This was rifle season, I choose to use a muzzleloader, 2 weeks until our actual black powder season begins and I will be looking for a 3rd wall hanger, the 2nd one dressed out at 191 lbs. Back to work for a week this morning.
 
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I am a big fan of heavy bullets for elk. I shoot 405 gr. .45-70 bullets in a sabot or size them down to fit my .45 cal guns. Many people find you get better accuracy with conicals by putting a felt wad or vegetable wad under the bullet. The FPB's shoot well in my .50 cal., but I don't believe Hornady makes them anymore, so if you like them, and can find them, stock up on them. I have killed elk and deer with the 350 gr. FPBs and they perform well. Thor bullets are another option, but expensive.
 

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Thanks, It was a great few days for sure. I'll be back bow hunting Thursday until our black powder season and then after it's over,I'll bow hunt until end of December.
 

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Ive purchased another Tc Impact, I bought a black/weather shield with fiber optic sights about 10 days ago and sighted it in at 75 yards with 2 50 gr t7 pellets and 290 gr hornady bore diver ftx, It took me 3 shots and I was drilling a 2" x at 100 yards,I did have to adjust the fibers to the left a bit,and up a little.

I also picked up a 2nd cva wolf v2, in Realtree Edge/SS with fiber optics, I plan on shooting it this weekend and get it dialed in at 75 yards for black powder season, I am not sure what I am going to shoot from it yet for a bullet, I have about 7-8 choices here. I am now on the lookout for an omega, but I will be a few months paying off the 2 mounts before any more gun purchases.
 

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I have been thinking and talking with a hunting buddy about either having a ramrod leather holder made for me, or maybe they do already make them? I like the accura mr-x but as someone who has shot a .50 cal for 20 years with a ramrod under the barrel, I am kind of in the minority, maybe but I don't like the fold up rod, and after being in an actual hunting situation with adrenaline going through my body, in a treestand with my harness on,trying to fumble around getting that pos wannabe tent pole together to reload.......well, I think I'd rather carry a normal ramrod,maybe in a leather "holster" or case, I can attach to my pack and hang from a bow hook in stand, any ideas?......
 
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I just put together my folding ramrod when I get to my hunting location and have it near by when and if needed.
 

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I have thought of that, but I actually do not like anything about the ramrod, I dont personally like the idea of a foldup ramrod and I dont like the feel and way It performs in the field, I like a normal ramrod, I am going to either have a leather case made to carry one or buy a case to carry it and strap it to my pack. I could see if I was hiking around all day but I am not, so I will figure out a way to carry a normal ramrod.
 

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Always nice to post a pic with a great story like that 😁
 
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As stated, they don’t make FPBs any more. They are well constructed and I have killed 4 elk with them. But they were a bear to get down smaller barrels. I bought 200 of them when they stopped making them so I have a good supply for years. My brother still uses them, but I have switched over to the 350 gr federal BOR locks. My elk went 5 yards this year with that bullet

If the Great Plains 385 shoot well, they have a good reputation

 
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I try not to post pictures online,I keep them for personal enjoyment. I am a weird bird, but I kind of like keeping them between a few close friends and family members, I never post pictures on AT, either, even with being a member for 14 years, I like keeping my trophies, mine. I hope that makes sense, and I mean no disrespect to any of you.

I can get the FPB's up here, I could probably buy enough to last me 15 years if I wanted but I can not find the Federal Bor locks in the weight I want now, I had a 6pt walk by me at 10 yards this morning, nice morning to bow hunt.
 

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I try and buy American but that is tough. Just got word my Chevy truck I ordered in March went through the assembly line last week…. In Oshawa Canada.

I applaud you buying local instead of online. Of course those products may be made in USA (or China 😳). So I have no problem buying products online if they aren’t carried locally. And at least in the US, I wouldn’t be shooting/ hunting with my Muzzy without online purchases, without regard to where they come from. BH 209 is made in Canada! And I have zero options to buy BH locally

Like it or not, we are all in this together. So my take is: buy local, unless you can’t.
 

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FPBs are a great bullet for game up to elk (in 350 gr). One cow I killed went thru the humerus bone just above the elbow, maybe the biggest bone in the shooting zone, and still took out the heart. They are a lead alloy, not pure lead.

I bought a short starter just for them. Once you give them a “whap” to get them started, they load somewhat easier, but are still generally pretty tight.

Like this https://www.cabelas.com/shop/en/traditions-deluxe-bullet-starter-kit
 

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I am about 2.5 hours northeast of oshawa, I can basically find anything local, or shops within a few hours,even if I have to have shipped other than BH 209, and cva northwest conversion kits, they seem to be impossible to find. I have another wolf ss/camo to get ready for black powder season this weekend,I didn't end up ordering any new bullets to try, as I already have a lot here and I was not sure I'd get them for this weekend. I have to say the hornady bore driver ftx is very accurate from my new impact with fiber optics. I may use it, or a 300 gr sst from the newest gun, we shall see.
 

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