Now, why would a guy spend $600 for a single-shot muzzle-loader [1861 .58 caliber Springfield] rifle, instead of buying a 15-plus-shot semi-automatic pistol?
It don't make no sense!
Just something to keep in mind. If you decide to go with a modern inline and put a scope on it, go with a break action. DO NOT get a bolt! I have one and trying to cap the dang thing is horrid. The scope will be mounted right on top of where the bolt opens. A break action will give you plenty of access to put that primer in it's spot.
Muzzleloader season up here is in Dec. And Dec. in MI is always cold and snowy, so fumbling with something small is always tons of fun when your fingers are numb. Happy hunting :)
I got a good lead on a T/C Hawken, NIB, for way less than MSRP. I'm going to look at it tomorrow evening. I might buy it just because the price is right.
Powder, Patch, Ball.
Don't know if anyone mentioned that yet. It just doesn't work in any other order. :duh:
If you are having a good time laughing and joking you may forget. Once that happens you won't be shooting, laughing or joking. :aargh4: Others might :rofl: - you won't.
I keep my souvenir ball with the custom screw hole as a reminder.
Yep...its just a matter of time.
If you do that, you'll have to take the nipple off and pour some powder through the hole. Put the nipple back on and fire the gun. It'll have enough powder in it to shoot the ball out.
Its important to make sure the ball is seated as far into the barrel as it will go, otherwise you'll have a barrel obstruction with the ball being to far up in the barrel.
I shouldnt have an issue remembering that. :rofl:
I'm enjoying the research I've been doing. The dumb part is, I used to live within walking distance of the "Log Cabin" shop here in Ohio. They are a huge resource for everything muzzle loading. Complete with a range, shooting leagues and a huge store.
I now live three hours away.
Well, as we all know, firearm like/dislikes/experiences are all somewhat of a personal matter, not really right or wrong.
I added a picture of my 700ML just for kicks.
My cousin bought a T/C Encore last year with a 50cal muzzleloader barrel for Deer hunting and a (custom) 300WinMag barrel for Elk hunting. He put a Nikon Muzzleloader BDC scope on the 50cal barrel, and Nikon 3-9x40mm BDC scope on the 300Win Mag barrel. It is a nice setup, but pricey!
I love my Rem 700ML and see no reason to change, but the T/C's are all nice, I'd probably get an Encore if I did want to make a trade.
Yes, I've discovered there is a lot of scuttle between the traditionalists and the inline crowd. I guess there is even some clicks among the clicks.
Well, I've got two traditional and one inline.
I dont figure the deer care much.
The Log Cabin shop is a good place Sixto. I used to order from them years ago, good folks to deal with. Track of the Wolf is also a good source.
As far as smokepoles, I've owned my share over the years. I tend to favor T/C and Lyman, just my preference.
If you like traditional, the T/C Hawkin is a good one, as are a number of the Lymans. A good compromise between the traditional and the inline is something like the T/C Firestorm.
As far as inlines go, the T/C Black Diamond was an excellent one, still available used here and there. Currently, the T/C Omega is a good one. What I'm using now. Well pleased with it.
The main difference between the traditional and the modern is sidelock vs. breach firing, and the sidelocks mostly use a #11 cap.
Inlines can use both pellets, loose powder, and traditional black powder. I use Goex in my Omega - I just love the smell of powder.
Someone else mentioned the NMLRA - they are a great organization. If you decide to go traditional, find someone who has been doing it for a few years. They can help save you a bunch of $$$ on accessory mistakes, working up a good load, choosing patching material, ball sizes, etc.
One other thing I can think of, if you go tradtional, replace the stock nipple with a larger one - more burn, faster ignition, and replace the wooden ramrod with a super rod/unbreakable rod.
That is it for now, good luck, and feel free to ask any questions, always happy to help out!