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View Poll Results: Do You Hunt With A Muzzleloader?
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Do You Hunt With A Muzzleloader?

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Unread 07-08-2010, 12:15 PM
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Re: Do You Hunt With A Muzzleloader?

The town itself is growing like crazy. Traffic is getting congested.
Missionary is really starting to grow back. I know a few guys who hunt up there and they said the aspens are thicker than snot.
This year is pretty dry again, even though we had a lot of snow over the winter, but the spring time wind combined with the dust storms made for a rapid melt. Keeping our fingers crossed that the lightning doesn't get too bad.
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Unread 11-14-2010, 08:58 PM
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Re: Do You Hunt With A Muzzleloader?

T/C Encore, 100 gr. equivalent of Blackhorn 209, W-W #209 primer, and a Barnes Saboted bullet. 1 1/2 MOA accuracy however haven't had a PA Whitetail dumb enough to act as a target. Killed one a while back with a Flintlock though. Took two tries at getting it to ignite and that's a little unnerving! Thought about duck taping a Bic lighter on the pan as an assist!
"That which does not destroy me, has made a huge tactical error!"
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Unread 11-20-2010, 12:11 AM
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Re: Do You Hunt With A Muzzleloader?

just started last year , bought a traditions pursuit pro in .45 . use buckhorn 209 powder with power belts . its a dern good shooter for a lower end gun
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Unread 01-17-2011, 12:34 AM
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Re: Do You Hunt With A Muzzleloader?

I've been hunting with a Blackpowder guns for over 30 yrs. I still have 3 of my older Thompson and Knight rifles, .54 cal., .45 cal., & .50 cal. but now I have 5 in-line muzzleloaders Thompson Center Encore .45 28" prohunter barrel, two Knight Blk Diamonds .50 cal., Traditions Deer Hunter realtree camo .50 cal, and Thompson Center 50 cal. Triumph. I use from 85 grs to 100 grs of 777 and the 200 gr. Shock Wave groups really good for me in most of the rifles and the 240 gr. groups better in the others. I hunt deer, hogs and coyotes and I built a 100 yrd range just 50 yrds from my house so I'm always out shooting my guns. I have a 1000 yrd open hay medow in front of my house and my cousin and I will set up targets at every 100 yrds out to 800 yrds and will compete freehand then off the bench but we use our other rifles for that. It's a blast!
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Unread 01-17-2011, 09:05 AM
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Re: Do You Hunt With A Muzzleloader?

Blackhorn 209 only comes as a loose powder. you can shoot several times without cleaning-after you finish shooting you do need to clean-over time it will cause some pitting
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Unread 01-17-2011, 12:04 PM
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Re: Do You Hunt With A Muzzleloader?

Originally Posted by Chas1 View Post
I have to admit I have little if any knowledge about muzzleloaders so can anyone tell me with a good quality muzzleloader and in the right hands, generally speaking how far out can one shoot with reasonable accuracy? Also in terms of cost what is one looking at in order to be setup properly-what components/cost. Thanks.

If you want a good muzzle-loader, look at a stainless Thompson-Center Triumph. (The T-C Encore is the same gun with switch-barrel capabilities.) It's reliable and accurate to 250+ yards. Go with the Blackhorn 209 powder (Blackhorn 209 :: High performance muzzleloading propellant). Most gun shops now cary it. (Haz-Mat fees make mail-ordering it expensive.) Follow the directions that come with the muzzle-loader. Most accurate loads are normally about 90% of maximum recommended but you need to practice enough to figure out what your gun likes.

For best accuracy I still swab between every shot when practicing although this is not required when using this powder in the field. With my gun I've found I can load about 4 shots before I NEED to swab the barrel because loading has become too difficult.

Both Leupold & Nikon (and Cabelas) make muzzle-loader scopes with drop marked off to be quite accurate with this type of gun. If scopes are allowed in your area, I suggest you get one. (I use the Leupold version.)
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Unread 01-17-2011, 12:48 PM
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Re: Do You Hunt With A Muzzleloader?

777 is very easy to clean. Every 2 or 3 shots just run a wet patch down and run an dry one behind it. Ive always been very happy with it. 150 Grains 777, 270 Grain Power belt. 50 cal CVA Accura. Deadly accurate.

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