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PostSubject: Re: help me choose a caliber.   help me choose a caliber. EmptyJanuary 1st 2019, 8:45 am

If you intend to shoot out to 100-yards I don't think you can do better than .45 caliber. In my experience, the smaller calibers are more difficult to obtain consistent accuracy with at 100-yards, largely due to the wind.
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PostSubject: Re: help me choose a caliber.   help me choose a caliber. EmptyJanuary 1st 2019, 10:17 am

I have shot a lot of deer at 50 to 60 yards with a .36 cal. with no issues, so a .45 cal. should be fine for 100 yards.

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PostSubject: Re: help me choose a caliber.   help me choose a caliber. EmptyJanuary 10th 2019, 9:40 am

Green Mountain Barrel has some 40 cal. made from 4140 steel single point cut for target barrels. I bought one for my next build but as I'm way behind it will be a long time before I can tell You how they shoot.
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PostSubject: Re: help me choose a caliber.   help me choose a caliber. EmptyJanuary 10th 2019, 11:13 am

A 36cal is a lot of fun! Used to pop rabbits with one i built so long ago. One clean shot and it would turn them inside out and you'd just have to use the butt end of your knife the finish the cleaning.
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PostSubject: Re: help me choose a caliber.   help me choose a caliber. EmptyJanuary 10th 2019, 4:20 pm

if you are going to punch paper the 40 cal has made many of National records and won many a contest it does well on consistency....Have killed many of deer and hog also....and a 45 cal is not bad either....I have barrels by Green Mountain, Colrain and Oregon Barrel Works the all work great....The choice is a personal thing but above all have fun.....

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PostSubject: Re: help me choose a caliber.   help me choose a caliber. EmptyJanuary 12th 2019, 6:23 am

I am doing the same thing as far as a Fun Bench Gun, me being a bullet guy i went that direction, I had a New Fast 1:15 Twist 32” .36 Cal Barrel built by Jim Carpenter, He has my Barrel done, but hasn’t received the New Breech Plug for it yet. Since this is a Traditional sub forum I won’t continue on with details here about it. 

 .36 Cal Roundball is a lot of fun to shoot! I have 2 little .36 Caliber TC Seneca’s, Sadly both of them have Rough bores from their previous owners, But both stil have good strong rifling all the way through, and shoot Patched Roundball VERY well. If i were to build a New Roundball barrel i would Seriously look in to a .40 Caliber
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PostSubject: Re: help me choose a caliber.   help me choose a caliber. EmptyJanuary 12th 2019, 8:44 am

I have a 40 cal Hawken Squirrel rifle that is just pure fun to shoot. Its like the others have said very accurate. One of the other guys I shoot with had one and let me shoot his. After that I had to have one. Built by John Bergmann. Took about 8 months to get it but it was well worth it

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PostSubject: Re: help me choose a caliber.   help me choose a caliber. EmptyJanuary 13th 2019, 3:23 am

Good choice...the .40's are a very good caliber for a bench gun.
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PostSubject: Re: help me choose a caliber.   help me choose a caliber. EmptyJanuary 13th 2019, 10:31 am

Both .36 and .40 calibers are great choices, .32 for me are harder to load because of their size. I have hunted illegally with a .36 caliber for mule deer and legally for the same game with a .40 caliber, both kill the same. All about shot placement and you make sure of that shot, you don't waste the only chance you may get if not done correctly.

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PostSubject: Re: help me choose a caliber.   help me choose a caliber. EmptyJanuary 13th 2019, 10:57 am

So true, low cost to shoot and no recoil to talk about.  I'm thinking the same as you.

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