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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 12-27-2009, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone else miss Saturday?

It would make me feel better to hear from others whose shooting ability with flintlocks matches mine.

Got to the farm at first light and took a few confidence shots at 40 yards which is my limit. Shot twice and both were good to go.

Hung a portable stand in a grapevine tangle then settled in at about 11:00. Two doe were feeding at me at 1:30 and the lead doe stopped at 15 yards broadside. Flash in the pan was the outcome. My first misfire with the Firestorm. Almost got another shot off on her.

3:00, and 5 deer come feeding past at about 40 yards. Stop the lead doe in an opening and boom. Climb down and find nothing. Walked the trail out and did some sweeps without any sign.

Met up with my buddy and decided to do a slow sneak towards each other with dusk fast approaching. About 4:30 I catch 3 does headed my way on a brisk walk. Stop the lead doe at about 30 yards and boom. Looked like she was hit but ran up a steep hill. We searched in the failing light without finding any sign of a hit. Again did several sweeps and came up empty.

Got up this morning and took a walk to where I shot at the last doe to search again in better light. Nothing.

I guess the only good thing is I can do more hunting. I think I am gonna carry my portable shooting bench with me this weekend.

You guys and girls that shoot flintlocks with precision are to be commended. Gonna have to spend some serious range time this coming spring and summer shooting the Firestorm offhand and with field rests.

Good luck all!!

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post #2 of 40 (permalink) Old 12-27-2009, 05:47 PM
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Re: Anyone else miss?

Not yesterday because I wimped out in the rain, but I have managed to miss a few with the flinter. It is not hard to do.
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Re: Anyone else miss?

I have yet to get a deer with my flintlock. I think I have missed like 5 or 6 bucks with that gun, and some doe. I had a huge 10pt 30yards last year and the gun didnt go off because I got the pan wet. Yesterday I went to take a shot at a doe and never got a spark. So I am in the same boat, I cant hit a deer but at the range Im right on. But hey I am having fun. Good luck to you.
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post #4 of 40 (permalink) Old 12-27-2009, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Anyone else miss?

I have gotten three but lets just say that I have missed more than that.

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Re: Anyone else miss?

I'm a good shot with a rifle or bow, but can't shoot a Flintlock worth a lick.
My buddy calls them a Flinchlock.

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Everybody misses, I just didn't get the opportunity yesterday.

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Re: Anyone else miss?

I still think the flinter is in the same category as the bow.... takes a lot of practice and time to learn to shoot it well. Can't wait to get out a little. I sure didn't think there would have been many guys out in that rain yesterday!!!! Eh, it was nice to just chill after all the holiday fuss.... Plus, we got everything put away so now I can just hunt when the weather clears...!!!

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post #8 of 40 (permalink) Old 12-27-2009, 07:37 PM
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Re: Anyone else miss Saturday?

first time flinter, and i am 0 for 1.

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I missed yesterday, never have so much fun missin!
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post #10 of 40 (permalink) Old 12-27-2009, 08:10 PM
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Re: Anyone else miss Saturday?

Just remember the higher the hit the higher the blood has to fill the chest cavity before you get a flow.Sometimes it takes yardage.A good lung or heart shot deer just can't live long like that.

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