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    Muzzleloader hunting

    Does it really exist up your way? I'm just in the process of ordering mine from the US, should be a couple of months away and here in Aus it's basically a non existent sport.
    I'm going the inline style so it's not going to be a flintlock or anything like that.

    Anyone ever had a go?

    ​JP

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    Quote Originally Posted by jphunter View Post
    Does it really exist up your way? I'm just in the process of ordering mine from the US, should be a couple of months away and here in Aus it's basically a non existent sport.
    I'm going the inline style so it's not going to be a flintlock or anything like that.

    Anyone ever had a go?

    ​JP
    Not these guys. Here in the US we do, of course. I love it.
    No offense but In-lines are boring as hell. What kind did you get? ~Muir

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    Yeh it's a big thing over there hey!
    It's similar in Austrlia pretty just doesn't exist here so it's hard to get anything. We can only import one brand of powder too and limited projectiles and guns so it's tough. I'm getting TC Bone collector in 50 cal. Looking forward to it I tell ya! Well I thought of an older style but I'm going to need all the help I can get so an inline is going to be hard enough! haha

    What do you hunt mostly in the US?

    ​JP

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    T/C makes good rifles. I have had several of their side lock rifles. I never got taken by in-lines. I have several of the side lock guns from 32 caliber to 58 caliber, and I have a paper cartridge Sharps in .54 which though technically not a 'muzzleloader' it is a black powder percusson rifle. I like .58 caliber and have one double rifle in that caliber. My favorite though, is a 52 caliber Hawken. With it I fired 7 shots that cut each other at 100 yards once.
    You'll have a lot of fun with that T/C! ~Muir
    Last edited by Muir; 25-10-2013 at 04:46.

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    I've owned and hunted with muzzle-loaders for about 30 yrs. Like Muir I prefer traditional rifles. I had a Parker-Hale Enfield reproduction for years. I even managed to take a young bull moose with it as well as a number of white-tails. It now belongs to my nephew, he was hinting how much he liked it for about 8 yrs lol.
    I've been looking for another, but the majority of the available rifles here are in-lines. They're excellent rifles, but they just don't float my boat.
    I'll probably pick up something used. A hunting buddy of mine has a fast twist Lyman Great Plains Rifle in 54 cal. that I really like and they come up for sale fairly regularly.
    There is one company ,that I'm sure Muir is familiar with, called Track of the Wolf. They have an extensive sellection of rifles. Everything from Thompson Center , which are a good rifle for the money, to some high end custom work. Their website is definitly worth a look.
    Black-powder hunting is addictive and will put your hunting skills to the test. I enjoy it a lot and I hope you will to. Some may say that muzzle-loaders are primitive and in-effective, but I've seen enough animals taken with them to know better. My old 577 Enfield dropped game quickly and cleanly within its range limitations , you'll only run into trouble if you ask the rifle to do something it wasn't designed to do.
    Welcome to the club AB

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    I'm very curious - what is 'in line'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mungo View Post
    I'm very curious - what is 'in line'?
    Instead of the flash hole being offset to the side of the breach and using a percussion cap or even flint to ignite the powder charge, a shotgun primer is used at the end of the barrel so directly inline with the charge. It's a relatively modern system and far more reliable than the older traditional systems of ignition.
    It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.

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    Actually there is nothing in British law to forbid M/L hunting. If the rifle produces the required energy then it's legal.

    Sussex Police tried to stop an American hunting with one saying that it did not meet the muzzle energy requirements. The guide a Mr Downer contacted the rifles manufacturers who provided load data and energy figures. Sussex still refused the permit until the rifle makers threatened legal action for liable as the Police were actually saying that they were lieing.

    The client came over checked zero and took a rather nice Sussex Fallow Buck with the rifle. This was in about 2001 and Mr Downer told me about the trials involved in dealing with Sussex Police over this as it was just over when I called to collect my Muntjac mount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alberta boy View Post
    I've owned and hunted with muzzle-loaders for about 30 yrs. Like Muir I prefer traditional rifles. I had a Parker-Hale Enfield reproduction for years. I even managed to take a young bull moose with it as well as a number of white-tails. It now belongs to my nephew, he was hinting how much he liked it for about 8 yrs lol.
    I've been looking for another, but the majority of the available rifles here are in-lines. They're excellent rifles, but they just don't float my boat.
    I'll probably pick up something used. A hunting buddy of mine has a fast twist Lyman Great Plains Rifle in 54 cal. that I really like and they come up for sale fairly regularly.
    There is one company ,that I'm sure Muir is familiar with, called Track of the Wolf. They have an extensive sellection of rifles. Everything from Thompson Center , which are a good rifle for the money, to some high end custom work. Their website is definitly worth a look.
    Black-powder hunting is addictive and will put your hunting skills to the test. I enjoy it a lot and I hope you will to. Some may say that muzzle-loaders are primitive and in-effective, but I've seen enough animals taken with them to know better. My old 577 Enfield dropped game quickly and cleanly within its range limitations , you'll only run into trouble if you ask the rifle to do something it wasn't designed to do.
    Welcome to the club AB
    Gad! You and I run the same paths.
    I've got three of the English made PH replicas from the 70s. A cavalry carbine, a three band, and a Whitworth. I also have a 577 Breechloader tho stock military. And Track of the Wolf has taken a lot of my money over the years....

    I just gave away a 1:60 twist, 50 caliber Lyman Great Plains that was about 20 years old and virtually unfired. Nice rifle but I just have others I prefer. We shot it last week and at 50m it piled all the balls atop each other til it started to get too dirty and the POI began to climb. Black powder is a lot of fun.... Don't get me started on bp revolver shooting! ~Muir
    Last edited by Muir; 25-10-2013 at 12:00.

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    A Whitworth ! I've always wanted to get my hands on one of those,but for some reason have always been very hard to find up here. I must admit I've always liked the Parker Hale reproductions, I've compared them to originals and they are close to the enfield rifles.

    For some strange reason the Muskatoon has always been common up here and are always reasonably priced ( 450- 500 ) but I prefer something with more barrel length.

    I was on track of the wolfs site after I logged off of here last night, they will be getting more of my money soon lol

    AB

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