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    Muzzleloaders

    I drew out a southern Utah muzzleloader deer permit

    Only problem is, now I gotta buy a new muzzleloader

    Any of you guys hunt with smoke poles?

    I'm leaning towards this one, but it's pricey:

    Pro Hunter Muzzleloaders - Thompson/Center
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    Between my wife & myself, we have killed a few deer with Muzzleloaders. Our rifles are a Knight Wolverine, bought in 1995. I bought a bunch of Knight 260 gr. HP 45 cal. saboted pistol bullets back then and that is what we have used along with about 95 - 100 gr. Pyrodex. Our deer were shot at under 100 yards and the bullet was always effective.

    Here is my wife with her last muzzleloader buck, Dec. 2012

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    No internal lock or magazine disconnect on my pistols!

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    I have one, Black Diamond. Now we can use 45-70 during black powder season. It just sits in the safe.
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    For no more than most use a muzzleloader, I'd buy a cheap, proven gun. This is mine: PR2020M OPTIMA V2 .50 Cal Blued/Black - DEAD-ON Mount

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    The pro hunter is an awesome muzzle loader and that shows in the dollar signs associated with it. I dreamed of picking one up, but I decided all I need is something easy to load and accurate. So I picked up a CVA Optima, stainless and fluted for $250. I'm still a rookie and I really like the CVA. I figured I'd save my pennies and pick up an Encore one day, but now I see no need.
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    All I ever shoot are Thompson Center Muzzleloaders. I think you are making an excellent choice.

    Thompson doesnt make junk. And they fire when you pull that trigger, unlike some brands I can think of.

    My first Thompson (which has taken 6 deer), I bought as a kit gun. It was blued, tapped, and ready to shoot, but the stock was unfinished, and I had to put on the rod guides, etc. The gun was actually a good value, and very effective weapon.

    I later went with a break action stainless Thompson. Id pass on the stainless, had I to do over again. My other blue steel Thompson doesnt have a speck of rust or corrosion on it. Of course thats because I cleaned it well. But honestly, I see little advantage to stainless.

    Id also advise NOT buying used. Were mine for sale, and you bought one, youd be just fine. But many dont clean their weapons as they should, and you dont want something that is a headache.

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    If you are going to use one of those newfangled guns, you may as well use a bolt action. I stick with percussion and flint. Powder horn and patches. Thompson Center would be a good first gun. They has always made good, dependable black powder stuff. I still have a first run "Hawken" with a 3 digit serial number. If you are going to use one of those newfangled guns, you may as well use a bolt action.
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    The traditions Pro Hunter Inline break action is an outstanding smokepole for not a lot of money. I have one in .50 with a 26 in barrel, nickel plated, stainless barrel, fiber optic sights, light weight and easy to clean
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    Quote Originally Posted by zacii View Post
    I'm leaning towards this one, but it's pricey:

    Pro Hunter Muzzleloaders - Thompson/Center

    Boy that's much to modern for me!! Congrats on the permit though.
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    Congratulations. So many choices. Love the smell of powder in the air!

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    The TC Pro-Hunter is greatly over-hypped and over-priced. Many of them have trigger problems. For the price of that TC Pro-Hunter you could buy a very nice CVA or Traditions gun and a nice scope to go with it.

    The best inline muzzleloader TC ever made is the Black Diamond. The gun is out of production but is still being sold by a few stores:

    Inline Muzzleloader Sale

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    Congrats on the Tag & Good Luck. I use a sidelock T/C New Englander.. Harvest many a animal since early 90's ; )
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    That was my first thompson. I bought it as a kit gun from them. And I agree, its a fine weapon, and mine has taken a number of deer as well.

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    Congrats on the Tag & Good Luck. I use a sidelock T/C New Englander.. Harvest many a animal since early 90's ; )
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    I've got a .50 Hawken carbine that I have had for almost 30 years. What I use now is a CVA Wolf .50 inline that breaks open like a shotgun and uses a 209 shotgun primer. It is not fancy but it gets the job done for this hillbilly and I don't worry if it gets banged around. I use (2) 50 gr Pyrodex pellets and a 265 gr sabot. It has been one shot one kill the past 2 years
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    I have a Knight Revolution that has taken a few deer. Worth checking in to. Good Luck

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