I've never taken an animal with black powder, but I've been with people when they have. Some folks opt for store bought conical bullets. Some use a cast ball. I plan on using cast Lee REAL bullets in my inline. I haven't seen much of a difference in the animals hit with a ball vs a conical. What has your experience shown? What is the consensus on the "proper" bullet to use when muzzleloader hunting big game? Colorado restrictions restrict me to iron sights (no scopes of any kind allowed), and I can not use a Sabot bullet (a patch for the ball is allowed). I drew muzzleloader for both Mule Deer and Pronghorn.