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Question by squirrelgirl. Uploaded on December 09, 2009
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muzzleloaders are good guns to use they are challenging to use because you can only get 200 yards out of them it takes a little bit to reload them right and you have to clean them inside and out before you put them up they are fun to use
It's a lot of fun. My favorite is a hand made Pennsylvania Flintlock Longrifle. Think there might be a pic in my photo file if you look hard. A modern in-line will get you more deer.
I use an in-line in Ohio because it gives me some extra days with a firearm.
For an inline muzzle loader...What you do is greese up your breach plug, Put some powder in the barrel (I usualy do 100 grains) then seat a bullet down on the powder (I use 245 grain powerbelts). Then put a 209 primer in the back of the breach plug and you are good to go.
I live in a shotgun/muzzleloader only zone so thats all I use. I love muzzle loading a lot. You can try different amount of powder and different bullets to see what is more accurate. Give it a try, It's lots of fun.
The biggest reason I use a muzzy is it gets me in the woods a full 2 weeks before rifle season. And where I live there is just to many hunters in the woods.So I hunt public land during muzzy season and private land rifle. Muzzle loaders of today are good dependable rifles that are very accurate and almost always go off when you squeeze the trigger. And are easy to clean for the most part.Where you live do you have a early muzzy season?
I am in the process of doing some research on muzzleloaders also - I'm thinking I'll get either a Savage or Thomson/Center and get familiar with it next spring/summer before the 16 day muzzleloader deer season in Indiana next year.
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I wouldnt try to convert you but swingin both ways is a good idea! Muzzleloaders are fun to shoot. They do take a bit to reload which means you want to take the best shot posisble. They are generaly lightweight and that makes them true to aim freehand. A nice thing aboutt them up here is that it gives you an extra week or so before rifle season atrts. Nice thing about that is you can get out before the deer get spooked by all the rifle hunters. Thats when a ton of people go into the woods. I wish I still had m muzzleloader! I miss it! Have fun!
I personaly enjoy muzzleloaders more than my slug gun. I have a CVA optima, simple to use, I shoot Jim Shockeys gold pellets so measureing charges and clean up is a breeze and powerbelt bullets they slide in smooth and shoot terrific. plus it adds on a whole new season if you missed your opportunity on a big buck, oh and recoil is a small fraction of my slug gun
Nothing like pulling the trigger and not being able to see your target. Ah, that thick, wonderfully nostalgic, aromatic smoke. And just wait until you run into a true traditionalist that condemns anything more "modern" than a flintlock, round ball, and Goex. If they were true traditionalists they would use smoothbore muskets, .70+ caliber balls, matchlocks, and home brewed powder with saltpeter made from their own urine ... but that's my opinion.
Shooting a flintlock or a percussion rifle with a ball or conical will just bring a smile to your face. Fashion a coonskin cap out of one of your pelts (maybe dye it hunter orange and hope you don't run into anyone colorblind), dawn some brain-tanned tasseled leathers and moccasins, and the deer will just stand there and stare in amazement.
You can get double barrels, too, but they are heavy things ... and good luck with regulating them. Doubles are better as shotguns.
I shoot a .50 cal percussion long rifle (only tassles are on my gun sleeve). Good out to 80 yards or so on deer. Go with a .32 or .36 cal for small game and learn to bark squirrels. I love the long rifle. Others like the shorter Hawken style guns. Have to admit they are handier, but Daniel Boone was a hero of mine, and he used a long rifle.
In-lines come in all shapes and sizes. Mine is an outdated bolt action. Most of the best moderns are break-actions. Soooo much easier to break down and clean. Arguably, in-lines go back as far as the sidelocks - just that in-lines continue to be modernized (like Clay's Savage, designed for smokeless propellants). Mine shoots small groups and is good for at least 250 yards.
Definitely clean after every use with soap and water. Delaying, even overnight, can be heartbreaking.
Depending on the state they just might extend your hunting seasons.
don't convert, do swing both ways.
You can ease into it with an in-line gun that really differs from a Ruger No. 1 single shot only by which end of the barrel you load the assembled ammo. Or, you can take the plunge and go traditional. Traditional, or as many call them real, muzzle loaders are either percussion cap fired or flintlock. Percussion is a lot more simple for the beginner. In my opinion flintlock is a lot more fun, but that flash of priming powder going off in the pan right in front of your face takes a little getting used to. I shoot a .45 percussion long rifle and a .50 flintlock half stock plains rifle. My smoothbore is a .69 flint.
Going traditional will require you getting to know your gun. Where your iron sights hit, developing the perfect load, finding the optimum patch thickness. You will find that it will open a whole new dimension of shooting and hunting.
I won our Thanksgiving turkey at an old fashioned turkey shoot this year with my .50 flintlock. Now that is a fun shoot.
T/C makes one called a Pro Hunter that you can change the barrels out on from a .50cal M/L to a 12 Ga. shotgun to 27 different types of rifles !(.22/.404/.416(?).
In the immortal words once spoken,
"TRY IT YOU'LL LIKE IT !"
Muzzleloaders are heavy, they miss-fire a lot, you only get one shot and are a pain to clean afterwards.
That is why I own several and hunt with them whenever I can. The reward is in the hunt.
Amen buckhunter! MLH take it easy on us guys and gals who like to cut their patch at the muzzle! I build my own traditional muzzleloading rifles and love to hunt with them. Patched round balls, black powder and all.
I also shoot some very nice centerfires and rimfires.
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