Newbi ?? Lyman Deerstalker 54 - FL.
Well, it seems that I have an unused doe tag, my only one, and the desire to extend my season. I'm an older guy with plenty of hunting experience, but know nothing about flintlocks or muzzle loading in general.
So, I thought the best thing would be to go and blindly buy a flintlock to hunt the late season, a week before the late season, with no idea what I was doing.
Funny thing is, it made me feel good. Like 40 years ago when I went on that first date not having the slightest idea what I was doing, but it all worked out and I'm sure this will too.
So, moving on, I bought a 54 caliber Lyman Deerstalker FL, and am not sure what to do next.
I know I am going to need to buy some stuff, what do I need? I will be working at the Cabelas in CT this weekend and can pick up some stuff there. All I have is the gun and a silly idea that a deer (on SGL) will stand still while I cock, aim and shoot.
I understand the concept that each gun will shoot different loads differently - I spend considerable time patterning my shotguns and sighting in my rifles, all to find the best load.
And, although I'm lucky enough to live where I can [censored] off the front porch and shoot off the back porch, my time is limited. Meaning I will not have the time to test multiple powder / projectile combinations.
So, I am hoping that someone will talk to me as if I was a seven year old with his fifth BB gun.
What do I need to get started, as simply as possible? Any basic powder/projectile recommendations? Should I be worried about burning powder hitting my eyes on ignition (serious question) Same powder for pan and load? Will a SGL deer really stand there looking at me while I cock, aim, pull the trigger and wait for fire. I'll tell you that the deer didn't do that during the regular gun season, I'm sure they'll dumb down by the late season.
Any advice will be very welcome...............
I kill because I'm hunting, but killing is not the reason I go hunting.