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Maskwa
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2009 8:35 pm    Post subject: Hunting with bess Reply with quote

Anyone on here do any hunting with their brown bess? If you do lets here your stories.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2009 8:41 pm    Post subject: bess Reply with quote

I like useing mine as a shot gun. Don't do bad with round ball. I just use more with shot.
1-1/2 oz shot and 80 grains of 2f. Throws a good pattern.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2009 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have used mine successfully for squirrels with 80 grains 2F and using the same measure a heaping load of homemade shot.

Last year I managed to fill one of my deer tags with 80 grains of 2F and a .710 patch roundball.

It provides an all around hunting capability that smoothbores are known for.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2009 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My partner's bess is a tackdriver, he shoots it exclusively, matches, hunting etc. He just fires a fowling load of straight powder, then drops a .75 ball down on about 80 grs, with a wad on top. Easy and accurate, maybe I need one...........
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2009 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ive used mine for about twenty years mostly squirrel hunting.I shoot it in matches with 90 2F in a paper cartridge use the paper as a patch.Hope I can always keep this gun.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2009 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what kind of accuracy are you guys seeing with your Bess's? Range? Makers? I'm thinking of getting a bess to use for trekking and also would like to do some hunting with it as well. Hope you guys can shed some light.
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markinmi
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2009 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Under 50 yds which is good for deer here it knocks em good.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2009 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have owned 3 over the years. I used them for partridge, ducks, geese, and deer and bear. Using bismuth shot, I got 2 wood ducks with one shot once.
Round ball loads are awesome on deer or bear. I have since switched to a Chambers New England fowler. I like it better simply because it fits better.
The Bess always felt awkward, and I had to make an effort to aim it.
The fowler seems to aim itself. It is a 10 bore, so performance is the same.
I have a plug bayonet for it for militia duty.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 9:44 pm    Post subject: Brown Bess... Reply with quote

I have actually shot dove with mine...not many and not often. Anyone using Brown Bess and tack driver in the same sentence must come from a place with awfully big tacks.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2009 6:10 pm    Post subject: bess Reply with quote

Alright Ronpardue, maybe tackdriver is a bit of an overstatement, but he will usually finish in the top 5 out of 20 shooters using rifles, wins most trade gun shoots, and a lot of candle and grub shoots, so the gun has sufficient accuracy for that. He is a good shot for sure, but the gun has to be capable as well.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2009 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use mine mostly as a shot gun but I have taken two deer and one elk with it.
70 grains of 3F with a 730 round ball knocked the elk flat with one shot.
I use 70 grains and an equal volume of shot for small game.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2009 8:51 pm    Post subject: Hunting with a Bess Reply with quote

I have been hunting with my short bess for about 10 years, i use it mostly for small game with 90gr 3F and 1 1/2 oz of # 71/2 shot, very effective on birds and bunnies. I have taken 2 moose with it using the same 90gr 3F and a patched .705 rb, both moose were shot broadside at less than 30 yards. It put them down very quickly, the last one only took a few steps before falling over. You cant go wrong with these guns.
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