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Question by Elmer Fudd. Uploaded on September 06, 2009
Never having shot a muzzleloader with the exception of my friends flintlock my comment is not taken from a wealth of information. My very serious muzzle loader friend who shoots the flintlock is into the loading process immediately after the shot with the precise movements of a brain surgeon. He has practiced the loading sequence extensively and leave no motion unused. He is very capable with this Hatfield rifle and uses it for all species that he hunts.
Every time I shoot a deer, I reload because you never know when you might need to take the dreaded "2nd Shot"!
I reload even if it's a bang-flop. I shoot an old T/C Renegade and like to reload while there is still smoke in the barrel. Likewise in the morning prior to a hunt I dry fire the M/L and quickly reload. It keeps the ignition hole clean and the powder dry of any barrel condensation or oil.
I reload after the shot for a posible follow up shot and for the unexpected Milo Hanson buck that "might" show up least expectedly. Is very good Idea always to have a back up shot. I also carry a 45 cal hawkin pistol for follow up shots.
I always watch the deer drop then reload, then wait for my dad. I have only had to use that second shot once but it very well could have saved us a lot of tracking.
Why would anyone not reload? You never know when you may need another shot. Black powder is hygroscopic (draws moisture from the air). Failure to reload right away increasess rusting and makes a misfire or hangfire more likely due to moisture if you wait to reload.
BTW I have a caplock Hatfield Mountain rifle. Hatfield's are good muzzleloaders. My favorite is a Lancaster style flintlock longrifle made by Bingham. It has a Siler lock and Getz barrel.
well i dont muzzleloader hunt but i single shot hunt. I reload. ask my 2nd buck last year who needed the 'ol 2nd.
Absolutely reload! Not only in case something went bad wrong but here we are over run with deer you may need to shoot another one.
Why wait to reload? DON'T do it. Not reloading is asking for all sorts of trouble if you only wound an animal.
i reload no matter what even if the deer falls 10 yards from me .
I reload as well. I often hunt the modern gun season with the muzzleloader (I did the last two years), so I'm almost always guaranteed some additional action.
Last year I used a second shot on a doe to speed the process along, so that paid off. On a separate hunt, after shooting one deer and reloading, I had another come by me. I had the option of taking a second anterless deer (although I decided not to since I was by myself with no 4-wheeler).
It's generally a good practice. At the end of the season I can put out a target and do one last check on my scope's zero to empty the gun and take it home for cleaning. Leaving it loaded during the off-season is generally not advised.
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