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Old 04-09-2011, 12:54 PM
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Any of you guys carry one of these when hunting with the Hawken rifle? Would like to buy one for my sidearm when deer hunting. Any load suggestions? Thanks!
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Old 04-10-2011, 04:21 AM
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I carry a 54 cal. Lyman Great Plains pistol when I carry my custom Hawken, which is hardly ever these day, and used to have a CVA Mountain Pistol in 50. For the 50 I generally loaded 40-50 grs. Fffg under a PRB.
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:27 AM
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Its illegal for us to carry one when hunting.
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Old 04-10-2011, 08:55 AM
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Why is it illegal?
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Old 04-10-2011, 09:58 AM
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Our handguns must have a certain length barrel and must reach a velocity of X fps to be considered. I will not quote the regulations anymore as they change all the time. I know I asked a warden if I could carry my black powder revolver when muzzle loading and he told me if he caught me.. he'd arrest me. So I asked him about my single shot Jukar horse pistol and he rattled off something about velocity and gain told me no. I never tried after that to see what I could carry. In modern season I have hunted with my Ruger .44 magnum and my Smith and Wesson .357 and they are legal in that season. Took a few deer with the .44 mag and it drops them real good.
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Old 04-10-2011, 10:09 AM
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• Muzzleloading handguns must be .44 caliber and larger with a minimum barrel
length of 7 inches measured from muzzle to breech face, and fire a single projectile
weighing 138 grains or more to be legal for deer hunting.
• Black powder revolvers are legal but not for hunting deer during the 10-day
muzzleloader only season (because they are capable of being loaded by the cylinder
instead of the muzzle).

My Jukar only has a five inch barrel that makes it illegal. Now Traditions makes a single shot .50 caliber Buckhunter Pistol with a 8 inch barrel, so that would be legal for me to hunt deer with. This is Wisconsin by the way.
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Old 04-10-2011, 12:08 PM
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The Hawken has a9.75 in barrel. I like the looks and feal of the Ky pistol .I think it has a 9.5 or 10 inch barrel.
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Old 04-16-2011, 03:33 PM
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During the muzzle loader only season, I sometimes carry a .50 Deer Creek Hawken pistol as a back-up to the .50 CVA Mountain Rifle. Our laws recently changed to permit the muzzle loading pistols. I run a PRB and 60 grains FFFG Goex B-P. Fifty yards is about my limit. Accuracy is quite good.
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Old 04-17-2011, 04:38 AM
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All the muzzleloading pistols I've owned have displayed very good accuracy and with some hefty loads. With 2 of the current 3 I own I wouldn't hesitate to use either on a deer within my self-imposed 25 yard limit. The 3rd one is a 62 cal. smoothbore by TVM and I wouldn't try it. It's plenty big but shoots quite a bit to the right at 25 yards with PRB. I'd consider using it at 10 feet! That big ol' punkin' roller would certainly be effective.
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Old 05-07-2011, 08:11 PM
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I use a Traditions .50 cal Buckskinner Kentucky pistol for my back-up/finisher. I can hit a 10x10 gong at 75 yards pretty consistently with it and started carrying it after my first year muzzle loading. I had taken a shot at a doe which didn't connect, when I looked up and saw 3 standing 30 yards away looking at me to my left. They stood there while I fumbled and tried to get reloaded, but slowly walked out of my shooting window in the trees before I could get my hawken reloaded. I bought this the next week and wouldn't hesitate to use it at up to 50 yards to take a deer. I use 45 gr. FFFg with round ball. 8)
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