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Old 09-05-2013, 08:36 AM
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Re: NM Muzzleloader Elk Hunt

Here is another forum to check out:
Frontier Muzzleloading

I think you will enjoy hunting with a ML. It's a little different, and definitely fun!
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Old 09-05-2013, 12:31 PM
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Re: NM Muzzleloader Elk Hunt

If I were you, I would look into getting the leupold or Nikon scope that are made for muzzloaders with the compensating reticles. A lot of times you are close and the elk Are on the move in the woods up there. It is nice to just range, put which circle for the right distance on the elk and pull the trigger. If you have to range and dial, the elk could very well already be out of sight.
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Old 09-05-2013, 01:23 PM
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Re: NM Muzzleloader Elk Hunt

Something else you may want to consider, if you or you have a smith that can polish and clean up the trigger you will be amazed at the difference in accuracy. I have mine just under 2lbs. and off the bench it will shoot consistent 1/2 - 3/4" groups at 100 yds . I'm shooting 200gr. shockwaves and 150grs of triple 7 the 250's shoot very well also but i gave up a little energy for more speed and have knocked whitetails in the dirt many times I know they are no where near as large as a elk, but that said a good friend killed his Yukon moose with the 250 at a little over 100yds, 2 years ago and it did not go very far. I think you will enjoy it, as stated it's different. Sometimes though you don't know if you hit what you were shooting at or not, they don't call em smoke poles for nothing.
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:34 PM
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Re: NM Muzzleloader Elk Hunt

Use the scope you like. My scope is a double duplex with what they call the 30-30 between the heavy dark part of the cross hairs. 30" up and 30" across between the heavy lines of the duplex at 100 yards. I had to measure it at 100,200,300,and 400 yards with a bright orange sticks 30" across. So I just use Kentucky windage for shots out to 200 yards. Basically if the elk is larger than the fine cross hairs and the top of the bottom heavy cross hair I just hold on and let the trajectory work. Now if the elk fills the area between the fine cross hair and top of the bottom heavy cross hair I know I need to start aiming up. At 200 yards the distance between the fine cross hair and top of the heavy cross hair covers about 30". Now since my bullet drops about 8" at 200 yards I just raise up about 1/4 of the distance between the fine cross hair and heavy cross hair which is about 8".

No time lost ranging and dialing since I have done this for +35 years and am just use to it. I do love watching the shows where they just range and crank the turrets and hold dead on. If I were shooting past 500 yards that is the set up I would go with.

If you use a variable power scope have it set on the lowest power. One time I had a monster mulie jump up about 50 yards from me and trot up over the hill. I had a 4x12 scope on my .270 and it was set on 12x. It cost me a shot and I never saw him again.
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:17 AM
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Re: NM Muzzleloader Elk Hunt

Great info, thanks all! I have some 250 and 300 shockwaves and picked up some Barnes 250's. I have some Pyrodex pellets and Triple 7 pellets. For the elk, I plan on running 3 pellets with one of the above bullets, whichever shoot's the best, learning towards Barnes. Picked up a bunch of T-17 cleaning stuff and plan on doing a trigger job. In addition, I picked up the Leupold ML BDC scope. I liked the Nikon as well, but Sportsman's had this one in stock. I like the fact that it has specific settings, 2 pellets, shotgun slug or 3 pellets. A friend has one and told me his 3 pellet load is spot on. I hope this will be the same for me. I shoot tactical rifle, 6mm Creedmoor and 260, 7mm's and the big 338's frequently. Getting ready for a ML hunt has been very interesting and fun! I drew this tag by accident, but in the future may start applying for ML hunts.

Again, thank all!
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:26 AM
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Re: NM Muzzleloader Elk Hunt

My buddy has the same Leupold scope that you bought and he likes it a lot. Good luck on your hunt.
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Old 09-07-2013, 11:24 AM
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Re: NM Muzzleloader Elk Hunt

Thanks Korhil78, I'll keep you all posted. My hunt is in mid Oct of next month.
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