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Hey guys,

I'm new to muzzleloaders and was curious about something. Is flintlock season considered to be muzzleloader or do you have to get the old school "musket" type muzzeloaders. The kind where you pull the hammer back and it ignites the gunpowder for the gun to go off. I'm asking because I have been having a pretty rotten buck season so far, so I want to take every chance I can to get a deer. So basically, what I wanted to know is, during flintlock season on December 26th to January 16th, are you allowed to use a muzzleloader to hunt, or do you have to purchase a specified flintlock rifle? Any help would be appreciated, thanks in advance.
 

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You will need a flintlock, the hammer type with a piece of flint in it, or as I learned from one of the forums here (and now a favorite of mine) a "rock smasher"!!!

Good luck!
 

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in 2b you could use any type of muzzleloader, slug gun, or rifle in westmoreland county to harvest a doe, with each anterless tag. Now to harvest a antlered deer you would have to use a flintlock.
 

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You have to get a flintlock rifle to hunt...TC made some nice ones..In your situation for hunting you should get a used TC Hawken Flintlock or TC Renegade Flintlock..The caliber where you have the best bullet selection would be 50 caliber..The PGC allows copper or lead bullets to be used in the Flintlock season...Your best bet and cheapest route would be call a bunch of your local gun shops seeking a used Flintlock rifle where you can go down and pick it up and someone there can show you what accessories you will need to buy to shoot it..
 

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I hunt in 2A though, do those rules apply there also? Plus I have honestly just started picking hunting back up again, haven't been hunting since '05. So I'm quite a bit rusty, been trying state game lands 296 on 2A (I believe its SGL 296, its literally right below Smithton) , but haven't seen anything. Any suggestions on where to go if I could, by chance borrow a muzzleloader from someone or purchase a decently priced one? (My funds a bit low as I still have to get Christmas gifts for everyone)Just trying to bag something for this year, I got 2 doe tags for 2A and was hoping to get them filled, at least one of them anyways. But I will call a place down here in Elizabeth, its call Swiss Guns, or something along those lines. I will give them a call and see what they have. If you guys have any other suggestions for a rookie hunter, please feel free to give me some hints.

Thanks again for replying guys.


Mathews Shooter said:
in 2b you could use any type of muzzleloader, slug gun, or rifle in westmoreland county to harvest a doe, with each anterless tag. Now to harvest a antlered deer you would have to use a flintlock.
 

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Your looking at probably 500 bucks for gun and accessories to hunt this year..If you do not have the funds then wait til next year..Keep an eye on your local papers this summer and you could get a used Thompson Center flintlock for around 150-200 dollars..
 

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You should be able to find a decent used starter rifle for under 250 and make most all of the accessories you need. Part of the fun of this sport is making your own stuff.
 

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if you have a muzzleloader stamp and dont get a buck this year i have a spare flintlock you can use and hunt with me if you want
 

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mountainman09 said:
if you have a muzzleloader stamp and dont get a buck this year i have a spare flintlock you can use and hunt with me if you want
Nice offer
 

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I can get a muzzleloader stamp, I unfortunately did not get anything this year, not even a doe. So I might take you up on your offer bud. I would really appreciate it and would like to learn how to shoot flintlock.
 

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your more then welcome to borrow a gun and hunt with us we hunt norther butler county the frist 3 weeks and allegheny the last 2 weeks you can come to my camp or allegheny county plus i think we are shooting this weekend and you are more then welcome like i said in the pm just give me call
 

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Put it on hold and get a flintlock after Christmas. Look for a used Lyman GPR or TC Hawken at the end of January.

First, you will get a better price.
Second you will have time to learn to shoot the thing. Third, a flintlock is more usable per the regs than the modern component based rifles,and you won't look girly.
Forth, roundballers are just plain fun.
 

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You can get a traditions deerhunter flintlock at walmart for $227 and they have them in stock at the washington, Pa walmart. I have killed plenty of deer with mine!
 

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Oh man jump on mountainmans offer. The learning curve with a flintlock can be pretty steep at first. Those guys will help you with loading, shooting and cleaning a flintlock rifle. That is something that can be invaluable to a first timer.
 

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thanks PARIDGERUNNER i dont mind helping anybody out if it will help our great sport and plus who knows might get a new shooting partner out of it
 
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