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I hunt with a muzzle loading weapon, been doing so for some 25 years now. Recently I have been seeing folks at the range sighting in with loades that are guarenteed to punish..........the shooter! The rage now is Pyrodex pellets and usually they are loaded in threes. OUCH!
When I was Short in the tooth and just starting I follwed the lead of the old timers in my area. A .45 cal. roundball and patch over 70 gr. of FFF . It worked well and didn't kick hard. I remember one fellow who shot a .40 cal, used a .390 round ball, patch and 40 gr. of FFF. It put down big Mid western deer like they got hit by lighting. Today I used a bit more gun, mainly because it won't group well with lighter loads. I use a .577 P58 Enfield loaded with a 560 gr. minie and 80 gr of FF. It shoot 3 inch groups at 100 yards. Recoil is fine when fired offhand but gets a bit tiresome when shooting from a bench. Anyway, this year I potted a decent buck at about about 50 yards. The bullet went through him (side to side) and buried itself about a foot and a half deep in the river bank.
The point of my piece here that many I believe are beating themselves because they have been told by the powder and gun companies that they have to use these heavy loads to be effective.



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Hi, William:
Agreed. Being a flint shooter myself, I have to wonder about some of this new-flanged stuff. There's no way you'll make a front stuffer into a 7mm RM. The other thing I can't see is dropping $3 (Canadian) down the barrel per pop. That's what 3 pellets and a Nosler or Barnes sabot costs, GST included. Factory .30-06 is still a loonie a pop, if you shop around, a Great Plains and Goex is under a loonie, and round ball is half that.

The .50-90 Sharps wiped out the buffalo with a load that's not much more powderful than a Great Plains bullet in my T/C Hawken, and the hide men shot from 300 yards.

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Pretty much agree with ya, Guys!

Had a T/C Renegade in .50 that shot the 385 gr Buffalo Ball into 3" groups at 100 yds, loaded with 90 gr of FF and a Small Pistol primer nipple conversion kit.

Eyes got to where the sights and target merged into one fuzz ball, so had to get something with a scope to see what the heck I was shooting at! Tried a 'scout' type scope mounting on the Renegade, but the balance was thrown off and I didn't like the handling.

Got a T/C Black Diamond in-line which mounts the scope where it should be, and tried the recommended 3 pellets of Pyrodex under a 240 gr saboted bullet. Took a half dozen shots to convince me the lighter rifle with the heavier loads was more than I cared for! Tried 2 pellets of 50 gr equivelent and one of 30 gr and still didn't like it. Ended up with 2 pellets of 50 gr and now find it much more comfortable and better accuracy.

Now that Hodgdon has come out with the Triple 7 pellets, think I'll give them a whirl - anything to cut down on the cleanup time!
 

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:p I have been hunting Black powder for 20 years. I shoot the same load from my 54, 66 twist, nothing but round ball, from day one. [ I use fff and have always shot with 80 grs.] all but one of those deer allowed tha slow moving ball to go right on through . The one that didn't traveled all the way through the anus then took a left turn at the heart, went through the shoulder bone and came to a halt right under the skin.
 

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Wow ... a lucid, sane breath of fresh air (with a hint of black powder smoke ... heh).
I shoot a CVA Mountain Rifle, purchased new more than 20 years ago, with a patched round ball.
For plinking, and introducing kids to the wonders of muzzleloading rifles, I load 50 grs. of FFG.
For a stronger load, I use 80 grs. of FFG under the same patched ball.
I don't hunt, so I can't personally attest to what the round ball does from MY rifle.
But I've talked to enough hunters over the years to know that the .490 round ball --- WHEN PLACED RIGHT --- will do the job admirably.
I knew a guy in Idaho who hunted elk with the .490 round ball over a stiff powder charge. He always got his elk because he staked-out a game trail and patiently waited for game to come to him.
But the round ball isn't FLASHY! SEXY! NEW & IMPROVED! and all the other hype that accompanies sabots, hollowpoints, jackets, black powder substitutes and so on and so forth ad nauseum.
The way some guys load for deer and black bear, you'd think they were preparing to slay the Jabberwocky! (with apologies to Lewis Carroll).
 

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Yep strickly folks wanting to get a front stuffer to shoot as far as there big Mags. Heck I seen a guy on TV shoot a Bull Elk at better than 200 yds with one of those inlines stuffed with 3 pellets! Elk went about 50yds laid down and they waited for about 10 mins before it died. It was in behind some brush was there reason for no second shot.:rolleyes:
 

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I have yet to see a modern inline shoot those outrageous 150gr charged loads. I've owned two different inlines, first was a knight which would shoot the Barnes 300 MZ with either 80gr. of Triple 7 3f or 90 gr. of Pyrodex P. Yes, I tried 3 Pyrodex pellets and up to 120gr. of 2f and Pyrodex RS, guess what? Couldn't get a 6" group at 100yds. Didn't really like the knight so I traded it for a Ruger 77/50. It too likes the Barnes 300 MZ and the Hornady 300XTP MAG, it will put 3 shots of either bullet under 2" @ 100yds. The powder charges? 80gr of Triple 7 3f with a #11 cap or 90 gr. of Triple 7 2f with musket caps. Maybe there's a rifle out there that will shoot 150gr charges but I've not seen one. Could it be this marketing strategy by these companys is aimed at expanding their sales by getting the average rifle hunter to think that 'their' muzzle loader is just like his 7mm whiz bang, hmmm? Is there a better way of getting people interested in muzzle loading, I think so.
 

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With muzzle loading one learns the better way to hunt.{my opinion ] It's easy on the pocket book, easy on the body and it forces you to take your time when shooting. You see more game and is just as accurate within a 100 yards as a modern rifle. If a man can't get within 100 yards of his game then he has some other aspects of the sport of hunting to attend to and practice. I take no pleasure in killing an animal but I do take pleasure in getting as close as I possibly can to make a clean fast kill, waisting no meat. I have only taken one running shot at a deer and the only reason for that was she was so close I couldn't miss, like about ten feet away. Not to degrade any type of hunter but when one hunts with an archer , handgun hunter, and or muzzle loader they seem a breed apart. I think maybe it's the limiting of oneself to a weapon that makes the gap between the hunter and the hunted more narrow.[just a thought]
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I am still shooting the .495 round ball out of a Lyman Deerstalker, with 70-80g of ffg. I fill my tag every year, and have taken huge bucks too boot. If anyone cannot fill their tag with a traditional muzzleloader using round balls, I am shure my wife could help them. She gets her deer every year with a Traditions Deerhunter in .50 cal, loaded with a .490 ball and 70g of Pyrodex.
I have nothing against the new-fangled equipment, it is just not for me.
 

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Hi, Gents:
It's no wonder groups open up with hot loads in a muzzleloader. We use soft lead or plastic sabots so we can stuff them down the barrel, and at some point a hot load will make them strip the rifling. Bye bye accuracy.

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Jack Monteith Foerst hear I live in fla the last time I ran out of powder I had to buy pirodex becouse I could not find GOEX are those fokes still in busness???also I read one of your threads you mentioned something about a "loonie" what is a loonie????????????Forest Punch
 

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Hi, Forest:
A loonie is a Canadian $1.00 coin, `cause it's got a loon on the back. When it was introduced the Canadian dollar was worth about 90 cents U.S., but now it's down to 65 cents, so it's a good thing they named it after a diving bird. :mad:
GST is the notorious Goods & Services Tax. :mad: :mad: :mad:

There seems to be some new U.S. regulations on storing and selling black powder. As far as I know GOEX is still in business, although apparently Elephant is out of business. The Traditional Muzzleloader Message Hide
http://members.boardhost.com/tmmh/ had quite a discussion a while back.

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Hi, Gents:
There's nothing wrong with the loonie or the twoonie, until you get a pocket full and you walk with a list. IIRC (If I Remember Correctly) the twoonie wasn't the first two metal coin as several other countries minted ones earlier. The attached picture is the tail side of both coins. Her Majesty Elizabeth II graces the head side.

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Hello folks, seems my thoughts on inlines are not as one sided as I might have thought. I almost got suckered into buying one of those super duper muzzle loading, kills all at 250 yard rifles. Now that was until a friend of mine who bought one, had us visit him on his farm to show it off to us.

As was mentioned earlier, stoke that new inline rifle plumb full of pellets and you were lucky to have 7 inch groups at a 100 yards off the bench using a rifle scope mind you. We have 3 muzzle loaders at the house these days and they all shoot between 65 and 90 grains of powder to get their best groups. I myself think inlines should be hunted during the regular rifle season only!
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I didn't think that I would ever agree to that seperation but I think your right 2bits. The front stuffer season was meant to give a class by itself to hunters who wanted to hunt in a earlier style of hunting buy themselves with like minded hunters. But with greed what it is and people wanting to beat the system the inline modern sights/scope/sabets was introdused to follow under the same line as a regular Hawkin. Here in washington state thank God they are not allowed during the muzzle loading season. Man has the uncanny ability to screw things up for himself.
Bob

P.S. I feel the same way about the new bows with all the counter weights /wheels/sight pins etc. etc.
 

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This thread is a little bit old, but I would like to add my two cents before it closes.
It does indeed give one a warm feeling to know he is not alone in his thoughts, and the views on In-Lines, as expressed here, mirror my own thoughts.
I'm not down on In-Lines, it appears they have a place as many shooters have taken to them, but for the most part they are a "hoss" of a different color. I don't think they have a place in any season set aside as "primitive", I do think the reason the majority of these rifles have sold is the buyer is trying to get a jump on the real muzzle loaders, to have that little edge should a long shot present it's self.
Most of the folks I know who no longer have or use In-Lines readily admit this. Many others are still in denial.
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RussB,
I think you may be right and wrong on this one. I bought a muzzleloader to extend my hunting time, could'nt have really cared less what it looked like. The state I live in allows a scope with no magnification if you would like to use one. I bought a inline and initially used Pyrodex pellets because it was all very simple, easy to use, easy to load. I discovered, in two range sessions, that the three pellet loads where not for me. Too much in a 6lb 9oz rifle, way too much. I also reverted to the iron sights because it's a pain in the butt to try to clean the primer residue off the scope and rings, not to mention that the scope with zero magnification is as much a hindrance as a help for any precision shooting. I don't see where a inline, loaded with 100grs of powder or less, has any real advantage over a "traditional" muzzleloader. They don't call it a primitive weapons hunt here, it's called muzzleloader season. This is starting to sound like the archery debate.
 

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kciH, I guess what I'm trying to say here is, the hype on In-Lines is as bad, or worse, than the Magnum craze a young fellow goes through in his early years.
Just reading any of the In-Line advertisements gives one the thought that this particular rifle will shoot just as flat, and just as far as any "modern" rifle, it even comes D&T 'd for a scope! Everything about it is suggesting it will do more than a traditional Flint or Percussion rifle, which is not the case.
Once again, don't get me wrong, scopes also have a place in the scheme of things. Especially when ones eye sight is failing. And, of course, you are right. We don't want to get into a "My gun is bigger than your gun", or an Archery debate.
I personally get pleasure from seeing any and all types of guns showing up at the range. It tells me there is still an interest in shooting, and the 2nd Ammendment is still alive and well.
OTOH, it bothers me when someone insists his In-Line is the "Modern man's way of thinking", and 3 pellets will develop energy of cosmic proportions...if it ever hits anything.
Respectfully, Russ
 

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Russ,
I agree with you, a muzzle loader is no "modern rifle" and lilely never will be, that's why you load it from the front. These rifles will develop energy of cosmic proportions, 3 pellets behind a 410gr Great Plaings will develop cosmic energy, but I defy you to shoot mine off the bench enough times to get the peep adjusted with that load. The biggest thing to remember with the inlines, or any front stuffer in general, is that they shoot big, ballistically inneficient slugs that drop like a rock no matter how fast you start them. A 50 cal inline with a max load and a sabot with a lighter handgun bullet will shoot relativley flat, but the majority of the bullets that would be used, short of the specialty ones that are very expensive, will simply not perform on game at those velocities except at maximum range. It's marketing hype and alot of people fall for it. I did, but it didn't take me long to learn that the guns max range with a load I could shoot was more likely 100yds give or take. My quick twist barrel will even shoot patched balls quite well, just so long as you back it down to 60-70gr charge. I'm still working on the conicals, with 100grs and less of powder, 100grs seems to be too much still so I'm working my way down. I'm of the opinion that that big slug, even if the velocity had dropped to 8-900 fps would flatten a whitetail. God willing, I'll find out this fall.
 
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