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Will a rifle scope handle the recoil found with BP?

 
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Old 11-21-2007, 04:48 PM
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As a precaution, it's not a bad idea to wrap some black electrical tape around the scope where any blowback occurs. I started doing this AFTER I burned away a little bit of the bluing on a vintage 2x7 Redfield. The rifle was a Knight.

Not sure but ML scopes may have the parallax set at a shorter distance than regular scopes. At ML distance I can't see how it would make much difference anyway.
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Old 11-21-2007, 05:33 PM
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What muzzleloader is he shooting?

No, a centerfire scope is fine. My 300WM kicks a lot more than my T/C Omega, no reason a scope good for the former wouldn't hold up to the latter. Loaded to 110gr I would say it kicks a bit harder than a .308.

I've shot $200 scopes on my MLs for years, they hold up pretty well. Finally killed a cheap $100 Chinese scope after 4 years of rough use.

Most of the newer MLs have minimal blowback. For instance the Omega and Encore have essentially zero that escapes the action, I never see any on my scope.

I cut my teeth on iron sights and recently bought another ML so I can go back to them for closer-range hunting. I think they're a great way to master the fundamentals of marksmanship. While you obviously don't want to lose deer, I'd encourage him to work on his skills in that area. A scope isn't necessarily going to be an easy fix.
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Old 11-22-2007, 05:43 PM
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BP and scopes!

Recoil from BP is a lot less violent that that of smokeless powder!! It's just a BIG SHOVE!!
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He should check the regulations real good too! I think I remember reading that you have to use a 1x scope in wisconsin. That was a few years ago but better safe...
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Old 02-17-2008, 12:39 PM
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You are correct as to Wisconsin but that only applies to the right to hunt during the BP ONLY season, not the regular season.
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Thanks, guys.
On that subject, the owner of the company that makes the no-clean powder (American Pioneer) lives not far from me gave me a bunch to try. Anyone use it?
Len
I have not used it but would appreciate a report on what you find.
James
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Old 02-17-2008, 10:02 PM
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James, sorry, Andy shoots that gun and hasn't tried it yet. Maybe I can get him to try it this summer.
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