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Deer hunters; speed loads or from the horn?

To you deer hunters out there, do you enter the woods with premeasured "speed loads" or do you reload from the horn?

I used to hunt with a couple premeasured charges that I placed into penny rolls to which I'd staple shut and could access easily from my pocket, then recently my possibles bag. Now, I simply use the powder horn I made. I found that for me, I can reload just as quickly using the horn, the deer antler powder measure, and the loading block I keep around my neck. Plus it adds to the realism to do it that way. Normally I only prepare for one shot anyway, as a second quick shot doesn't usually present itself.
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yeah I use pre measured loads but keep them in a plastic 35mm film container and a loading block, but I also have a powder horn I made but didn't finish my powder charger from antler as well....
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You can use many narrow tube type containers.
410 empty with a cork
Brass tubes flat 1 end and cork other
Large diameter drinking straws bent and taped
I get narrow tubes with twist on lids from my Doc.
What ever you decide it's best to make sure with the 1st shot,take your time to reload,and walk up on your dead deer.
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I have a small flat horn that fits in my bag, that holds @ 700-800 gr. of powder. If 10 shots is not enough on a hunt, I need to quit!

And I have a carved piece of horn measure, with a small spout cut in it to pour the powder in the barrel.

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yeah I use pre measured loads but keep them in a plastic 35mm film container and a loading block, but I also have a powder horn I made but didn't finish my powder charger from antler as well....
Wow Bob, that's purdy!
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speed loader here, never leave home without it
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I have a small flat horn that fits in my bag, that holds @ 700-800 gr. of powder. If 10 shots is not enough on a hunt, I need to quit!

And I have a carved piece of horn measure, with a small spout cut in it to pour the powder in the barrel.
My horn probably holds 1/3 of a pound of powder. Way way more than I need. I normally only fill the thing about half full. Still, more than enough powder to hunt with.
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I carry either 2 or 3 35mm film canisters with premeasured charge and a loading block, or a couple of the plastic speed loaders that holds powder and ball in a pocket. In my possibles bag I carry a 2 or 3 more. Most number of shots I have ever taken in a day has been 3. Figure 4 or 5 loads will do me

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Normally I throw 3 or 4 powder tubes with 70gr 3fg goex into my shooting bag, along some balls plus a few extra. Patches go in my patch box.
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Speed loads for me, the convenience is nice. Easy to just throw a few in the bag when I'm running around like an idiot trying not to forget anything! That being said though, I would like to go more traditional at some point. Maybe try my hand at crafting my own stuff. Ultimately go with all 1700s period clothing etc.
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