I have a spring bear booked in Canada next spring and it's my desire to kill one with black powder. What I'm shooting is the TC Encore. (Not scoped). Most of my deer hunting is in the thick stuff . Shots out to about 40 yards is the norm, most are under 25. This is the second season that I've hunting with this gun and have planted two deer this season . One at 30 yds. the other at 15 steps. Both mature bucks. My question ..and my concern is both deer were taken with a shot down through this front shoulders . The first fell in it's tracks , the second only walked 10 feet. Can't ask for more that that???? I've found both bullets, still in the deer, one laying against the inside of the rib cage, the other had broken the ribs and was laying against the skin,( Exit side) They both had made a mess inside but no exit?? I'm shooting power belt bullets and am using 100 grs .( triple seven pellets) '2' They are mushrooming like crazy but that "no exit " close range has me thinking???? Also, do you think I should scope it out before I go. Thanks means a shot out to 40/45 yrds tops. Do you think I'd be hunting my chances by not scoping it? Thanks for your advise !
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