I need some pointers, my gf bought me a lyman 50 cal deerstalker for my b day today. I have never shot a flintlock in my life. What should i shoot round ball, power belts, etc? what grain should i use? i will be hunting white tail. Should i use pyrodex pellets 50s and how many? I was told to use 4f in the flash pan is that correct? Any other pointers would be greatly appreciated!! thanks
Black powder only, no pyrodex you will have ignition issues. If you want to use roundball, or try hornady pa conical, or powerbelt if you like. As far as powder charge your accuracy will dictate the amount, have fun enjoy!
Anybody can shoot deer on the farm ground....You earn it in the mountains.......
My Deerstalker likes 80 grains of 3F with either a patched round ball or the 320 gr. maxiballs. Never tried powerbelts in it. Do not use pyrodex in pellets or loose. 4F in the flash pan altho with the 3F you can use that as well in the pan. Like BB said straight black powder. If you can find anything written by a gentleman named Dave Ehrig the read it. I learned a lot from his articles in the PA. game News.
My wife's Deerstalker shoots 240 grain Hornady XTP sabots, over 60 grains of 3f, exceptionally well.
There will be a learning curve with your flintlock. For most, flintlock shooting and hunting is a love/hate relationship. But...if you are diligent at keeping it clean and dry it should work just fine.
i will throw this out to you i dont live to far maybe a hour
u are more then welcome to come to my place and i can help you get started i have ranges here and plenty of different size patches and roundballs
My sons deerstalker shoots 3f in 80 gr load under either a Patched Round Ball (PRB) .490 using .010 patches and same charge with a 370 gr maxi ball with a felt wad under it. Since we have it, we use 4f in the pan.