I've got an old .50 Lyman Deerstalker with a peep sight, and have been having great fun working up the best load for it. I finally settled on a .495 patched ball pushed by 70gr. of Goex 2f black. Pretty good accuracy and mild recoil. Anyway, lately I've been reading forum posts and watching YouTube videos of guys hunting with Hornady Great Plains Bullets. These guys were talking about knockdown power and mushrooming, etc. Well, today I stopped into a gun shop in a distant town and found Great Plains 385gr and Buffalo 350gr bullets. So I bought a box of each to experiment with. Idaholewis says he likes to put a .54 caliber wad over his powder when shooting .50 caliber conicals. I've got wads. I've heard opinions saying yes to wads behind conicals and no to wads behind conicals. Who should I believe? What's the minimum amount of black powder to get decent performance out of these rather heavy conicals? 2f or 3f? I'd like to hear all opinions on this, because I'll be hunting soon and I'd like to have a hard-hitting round.