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lyman deerstalker or lyman trade rifle

looking to get a flintlock and have narrowed it down between these two guns looking for opinions of both.

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Re: lyman deerstalker or lyman trade rifle

I have the .50 cal deerstalker....absolutely love it. .490 Hornady roundball....spitpatch...70gr Swiss powder...at 75 yds on xmas eve shot 3 shots at 75 yds in a 2 inch group....
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Re: lyman deerstalker or lyman trade rifle

I also have the deerstalker and it has been very reliable for me plus easy to carry.
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Re: lyman deerstalker or lyman trade rifle

The Deerstalker is a shorty, but they are stout, and have some compact weight to it. I like 'em, but get a sling. Don't know anything about the Trade.

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Re: lyman deerstalker or lyman trade rifle

deer stalker I just put new sights on mine and sighted it an and was punching cloverleaves at 50
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Re: lyman deerstalker or lyman trade rifle

I have a Trade Rifle, and it is reliable and shoots great. I also have friends that have the Deerstalker, and I have handled it and like how it feels. To me, it would all come down to weight. The Trade Rifle is a little heavier, but that is not always a bad thing. It is a good compromise between the smaller Deerstalker, and the longer Great Plains Rifle.
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Re: lyman deerstalker or lyman trade rifle

Question about the deerstalker: I know it's a 1:48 twist. What kind of projectiles can you use with this gun? Can you use sabots with this twist?
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I have the deerstalker, and love it!
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Gmax, what kind of sights did You put on ??
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Re: lyman deerstalker or lyman trade rifle

When I started shopping for a flintlock, I felt like I just had to have the deerstalker, but I didn't have the money at the time. I'm glad I didn't because when I did have the money I went to a shop and checked them both out side by side. I went with the trade rifle because of the traditional look and I just love it. It is my favorite gun. There is no need for a recoil pad. The sights are iron and that can be a problem in low light. I'm also still trying to figure out a good solution for attaching a sling. The trade rifle is longer than the deerstalker, but still short for a flintlock. The only real problem I have with the gun is that the stock ramrod won't pull the patch back out between shots. I use a brass cleaning rod at home so that is only an issue in the field. I carry a patch puller in the unlikely event that I need a second shot. They both have the same twist rate.

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