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thinking about a muzzle loader

hi I am thinking of getting into muzzle loader/flintlock. OK are there guns that can do both seasons? recommended brands. can you use the same set up for in-lines as flintlock? Thank you for your time.
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Re: thinking about a muzzle loader

You can use a flintlock for both the early muzzy season and after muzzy season, a inline muzzy can only be used in the early season.
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Re: thinking about a muzzle loader

A muzzleloader for BOTH seasons would be a flintlock.Production guns I'd go with Lyman or TC's.TC's are no longer being made so you have to find a used one from someone who knows the 'Bad" stuff to look for in a used muzzy.Dixons had 4-5 used TC's couple months ago for around $450.
Lymans are still being made but most the older ones are better than the new ones.On occasion Lyman will sell blems on their web site.Defects are cosmetic and doesn't hurt function or safety.
Inlines have a faster rate of twist along with much shallower rifling to handle conicals.
Sidelocks have slower rate of twist and deeper cut rifling in the .005-.008 range requiring a patched RB.A sidelock with a 1:66 or 1:70 will handle larger charges than a 1:48.Both will give very good groups at 50yds once you find the sweet spot.I have a 32 caliber with a 1:30 that does very well with a RB and only 20grs of powder.
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Re: thinking about a muzzle loader

I have a traditions deerhunter...will be upgrading to a Lyman.


I shoot lead ball and patch, usually 75-80 grains of 2F


I have a CVA Wolf for inline season...i shoot 2 pellets of 777 and use a power-belt bullet.
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thanks for the link it`s good reading.
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ok i will have to add what caliber should i go with for deer? I was thinking 50 caliber.
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Re: thinking about a muzzle loader

There is more stuff around for the 50 cal.
It is more WHERE you hit then than what you hit them with.I have killed deer with the 45's and 50grs of powder on up to 58cal and 120 grs.None were any deader than the other.
Some states have no caliber restrictions.Guys hunting squirrels with 32,36 and 40cal have killed deer.On another form a women has killed Elk in the past with her 36cal.

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