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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-31-2014, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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Questions on ML rifles for deer hunting

I have 5 Muzzle Loading rifles. Two TC .50 Hawken rifles, one .54 TC Hawken. one .50 TC Renegade and a TC Omega .50 with a Nikon 3x9x40 telescope. In Mississippi they allow single shot Center fire rifles of .35 or larger in the primitive weapons season, so muzzle loaders are not popular here anymore. I inherited 3 of the TC rifles. I have a few questions about what is legal in PA.

Can you use a modern peep sight on a percussion ML rifle, while hunting deer.

Is the in line rifle with Pyrodex pellets legal for the regular ML season? Can you use a telescopic sight during regular ML season.

I intend to sell 3 of these rifles and I would like to know what PA Laws are, so I can let a potential buyer know in advance.

I have a Daughter and Son-in-Law who live in Bethlehem and I will probably visit there and go hunting with him. It is great to have a forum to keep abreast of your hunting and fishing regulations.

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PS: Can I ship a ML rifle to a citizen of PA without shipping it to a dealer?

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Re: Questions on ML rifles for deer hunting

During the early ML season in Oct you can use any one with any sight or scope, in the late season after Christmas you can only use a flintlock with open or peep sight no scope.
You must also have a muzzleloader stamp/tag in both season.
Yes you can mail a muzzleloader to someone in PA.

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Re: Questions on ML rifles for deer hunting

Doug..Is that 54 cal TC Hawken a flintlock?
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Re: Questions on ML rifles for deer hunting

Can you use a modern peep sight on a percussion ML rifle, while hunting deer. yes, during the black powder season and throughout rifle season.

Is the in line rifle with Pyrodex pellets legal for the regular ML season? Pyrodex is legal in any season black powder and regular rifle. the inline is not legal for "flintlock season"

Can you use a telescopic sight during regular ML season. Yes, during the black powder season and throughout the regular rifle season.


An easy way to figure this out :

Flintlock season is for "Flintlocks only" primitive sights only.

Black powder season is for any black powder rifle (there is a minimum caliber requirement) be it percussion, inline or flinter. Telescopic sights are allowed.

There are no restrictions on powder type or projectile in any of the seasons.

All of the above described BP weapons are legal for the regular rifle season as well.

Can I ship a ML rifle to a citizen of PA without shipping it to a dealer? As answered before by another knowledgeable fella, YES.

Hope this helps!! Good Luck!!
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Re: Questions on ML rifles for deer hunting

"Black powder season is for any black powder rifle (there is a minimum caliber requirement) be it percussion, inline or flinter. Telescopic sights are allowed."

That is not technically correct. Only flint, percussion of primer ignited single barrel muzzle loaders. No black powder rifles such as the percussion breech loading Sharps or breechloading Ferguson flintlock, no Burnsides, Smiths, Gallaghers or Halls. No Puckle guns or revolving carbines.
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Re: Questions on ML rifles for deer hunting

[quote=zimmerstutzen]"Black powder season is for any black powder rifle (there is a minimum caliber requirement) be it percussion, inline or flinter. Telescopic sights are allowed."

I knew that would draw someone out when I typed it.!! Lol! I was wating for the matchlock too!
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Re: Questions on ML rifles for deer hunting

you could put a primer in a rifle case-install in rifle and muzzle load it --""WHY NOT"" 4570 straight case would be easy and was done in the old days
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Re: Questions on ML rifles for deer hunting

Harry Pope made about 400 such rifles. Bullet loaded in the muzzle and a centerfire case full of powder in the breech. Even today, his guns are worth many thousands of dollars.
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