Originally Posted by Chas1
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.)