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View Poll Results: Do You Hunt With A Muzzleloader?
YES 932 56.18%
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Do You Hunt With A Muzzleloader?

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Unread 01-25-2011, 10:41 AM
Junior Member
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Killeen, TX
Posts: 26
Re: Do You Hunt With A Muzzleloader?

I hunt with a muzzle loader.
favorite is a Lyman Great Plains 50 cal. Have killed deer and elk with it. I shoot a hand cast .497" round ball, mattress ticking, crisco lubed patch ahead of 100 grains of Pyrodex R or Pyrodex select and cci #11 caps. Use 90gr Pyrodex P if very damp out. I have hunted with 50 cal inline and 45cal maxi, but really prefer the 50cal GP.
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Unread 01-25-2011, 03:57 PM
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Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Oakland, TN
Posts: 50
Re: Do You Hunt With A Muzzleloader?

I LOVE to hunt with the smoke pole.

I purchased a new TC Encore Pro Hunter this spring, 50 cal. Topped it off with a Nikon 250 Omega BDC scope. This gun is the BEST ML I have ever owned. I use 100 grains of Pyrodex, 250 grain TC Shockwave bullet. At a 100 yards will shoot 3/4" moa, 1" moa at 200 yards.

Opening weekend of M/L season, I shoot a doe at 40 yards at 8:15 am and a 9-pointer at 50 yards at 10:00 am. Best opening morning EVERY, thanks to my TC Encore.

Nothing like the smell of sulfur in the morning!!!!!
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Unread 01-25-2011, 06:42 PM
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Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 12
Re: Do You Hunt With A Muzzleloader?

That sulphur smell in the morning gives ya that good warm feeling. I really like my TC encore but since I have several .50 cal I bought the .45 cal pro hunter barrel and love it!!
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Unread 02-05-2011, 04:09 PM
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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: northern nevada
Posts: 7
Re: Do You Hunt With A Muzzleloader?

Yes I do because the muzzle loader tags are better odds to draw to here in Nevada, isn't it funny that you play the odds to get a tag in Nevada?
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Unread 02-06-2011, 07:25 PM
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Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 21
Re: Do You Hunt With A Muzzleloader?

Yes! As a passionate bowhunter I also really like snow covered close action black powder hunting for white tails here in NY. I finished up the 2010 black powder season with a 137 yard instant kill shot on a mature doe the last afternoon of the season w/ my Optima Accura 50 cal w/ a compact Bushnell scope. I took a nice 8 pt while stalking in deep snow a week earlier with my Pursuit 50 cal w/ open sights. I jumped the buck and had a doable but tight shot at the running buck as he bolted through a small birch grove. I use the triple x Hogdon and the Aerotip bullets.
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Unread 02-10-2011, 10:04 AM
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Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Billings, MT
Posts: 332
Re: Do You Hunt With A Muzzleloader?

No, but I would, no muzzeloader season in MT.

I have played with the B H 209 in the Super Black Hawk, (use FB cast) what a hoot! I'd say it's clean.

I'm leaning more towards metalic black powder/BH209. Have to get 45 cal Sharps, that'll shoot a ways.
There are only two seasons: Hunting season, and Getting Ready for Hunting season. -DAD
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Unread 02-13-2011, 09:14 AM
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Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: SW virginia
Posts: 82
Re: Do You Hunt With A Muzzleloader?

Yes, indeed I do. I hunted for years with a White Super 91 in .451 caliber. It would lob large (490 grain SuperSlugs) chunks of lead with extreme accuracy and you could load all day and never have to swab between shots. I shot over 50 times one day and never cleaned the bore, and my last group was as tight as any of the them.

The company folded a number of times and I got my hands on some old actions and barrels and parts, and put together a number of the guns myself. I made three carbon fiber barreled guns before it was all done. Gave one to my wife, one to my best bud, and kept one for me.

But what I really want to hunt with, and what I use 100% of the time these days is my custom barrel I made to fit the Encore Pro Hunter. It is a .451 diameter bore, just like the White's. But I shoot smokeless in it with stellar results.

The barrel is 410 stainless, as is the breech plug, so it will take the smokeless loads just fine. I am shooting a Hornaday 300 grain XTP Mag right at 2500 fps. That is 57.7 grains of IMR 4198 and a standard Winchester 209 primer. It will do 3/4" groups at 100 all day long.

I did a lot of long range practicing with the gun (I also built one for my best bud so we could shoot together) and we have Kahles scopes with the TDS reticle in them. This gave us the multiple aiming points needed so we marked our drop and knew what distance each crosshair signified.

I made a 240 yards neck shot on a nice doe right at the end of season, and my best bud made a 300 yard shot on a medium sized doe. Both of these shots were laser confirmed, using Leica Geovids 10 x 42 laser binos.

Neither deer took a step. We have many kills under our belts with these guns now, and the furthest any has ever run was one buck at 30 yards,and he was falling down the steep banks for most of that, already dead on his feet. 99% of the time they hit the ground right there, as that 300 bullet imparts so much hydrostatic shock to the deers system, they just die right there.
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