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Muzzle loader Misadventures

I've been hunting with a flintlock for a few years, still looking for my first kill with it. But I've made plenty of mistakes along the way.

I put together a story of some of them

<span style="color: #33CCFF">Muzzle Loader Misadventures</span>

What mistakes has everyone made while out with the smoke pole?
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Almost every mistake possible, still learning and fine tuning my efforts, but still no deer with my flintlock.
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Got one years ago,(sometime in the 80's), with a borrowed TC Renegade in .54 and a PRB. Took it up again a few years ago and have not got one yet, but I don't always hunt. I have, with that Renegade I borrowed, used the set trigger and twice had it go off before I was on the deer, both time because I was wearing gloves.
I now own a Lyman Deerstalker and I was out shooting at the range and the part of my plastic short starter that you can thread a jag into came out as I was loading and I did not notice it. A lot more recoil than usual when I fired so I checked things out and saw that part was missing, so I had fired that and my Spinjag down range, I never found the jag or the other part so now I watch things a little more closely. Other then that I think just a few misses on deer.
Just remembered I broke a wooden ramrod on that Renegade, can't remember how, and bought a replacement one, because that's what you do when you borrow something.
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Well written. When I take my flinter out to target shoot or hunt the phrase "Thank God the British aren't coming". pops up in my mind sooner or later. Something always goes wrong. But hey, that part of the fun!

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Best one was I walked up on my dad while hunting. While still a few yards off I see him haul up. I waited until he fired and ran up. In the field(130 yards away) was a deer flopping. He yelled at me "give me your gun". I said "why? reload yours". He wouldn't say why he needed my gun, but insisted he needed mine to finish off the deer. I didn't want to have to reload as there were two and I knew right where the second was going. Finally he fessed up that in the moment he started the ball without dumping the powder out of his speed loader. There was the ball a 1/4" down the barrel with nothing behind it.

Wet powder is always a fun one. While we were putting on drives I was posted and thought I haven't checked my powder lately. It was damp and I had to clean out the pan. While I'm standing there with a basically unloaded gun an 8pt steps out on the trail and stands there, LOOKING AT ME! Of course as soon as I got the pan primed again it said "I gave you long enough" and ran off.

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I often tell people that there is 2 ways to learn.
Learning thru others mistakes or learning by making your own!
Most I remember about muzzy hunting was hunting squirrels with the TC 32 cal.I had just missed a squirrel with it.While reloading and concentrating on squirrels location,I see something dripping from behind the limb.After loading and waiting the squirrel came around the tree and was shot.Ended up my 1st shot took the tip of the nose off and that's what the dripping was.

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Great short story, brought back some memories of my misadventures over the years.

Misadventures, makes success all the sweeter.

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You bring back memories! I took a friend out years ago, his first time with the ML hunting. I took my video camera because the deer were like clockwork, so I knew we'd have action. It started to sleet, so I told him to make sure he keeps the gun covered under his coat. Right on time, here came three doe in a line walking along the path 10 yards away, Scott pulls the trigger and "CLICK"! Pulls the hammer back a 2nd and 3rd time, same result - NO SPARK. He opened his pan (and the deer are standing there the whole time), and it was black goo in the pan. I started laughing, and the deer finally ran. Always funnier when it happens to someone else!

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I forgot to mention, all you see in the video is the deer standing there and his gun clicking in the background - then me laughing and the camera filming the ground.

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1st year with Flint - 1st day daylight - inside 5 yards - missed...... it's been fun since - - i did manage to connect last day of season slightly longer shot... but not much. LOL

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