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    If you want a Pennsylvania style, go with a 40 caliber. They have taken more deer than you can sling a dead cat at. As far as accuracy goes, itís tough to beat a 40.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flintlock62 View Post

    Does PA still require traditional muzzleloaders for hunting?
    Sorry, I missed this question first time around.
    Flintlock has it's own season outside of muzzleloaders, but it coincides with late archery. That's why I can say I'll never hunt with it. Not this rifle anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flintlock62 View Post
    If you want a Pennsylvania style, go with a 40 caliber. They have taken more deer than you can sling a dead cat at. As far as accuracy goes, itís tough to beat a 40.

    Thanks. I'm liking the sounds of 40. Plus I haven't priced balls, but it would have to be cheaper the smaller you go (I'm guessing). And less recoil.
    And since I won't be using it for hunting deer, I don't need the 45 (PA is min of 44cal for deer with a ML).
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    Quote Originally Posted by PAcanis View Post
    Thanks. I'm liking the sounds of 40. Plus I haven't priced balls, but it would have to be cheaper the smaller you go (I'm guessing). And less recoil.
    And since I won't be using it for hunting deer, I don't need the 45 (PA is min of 44cal for deer with a ML).
    Before you make a final decision, why donít you mosey on over to the muzzleloading forum? Thereís a great bunch of folks there, and they will tell you to pull up a stump and sit a spell. If youíre just looking at shooting, and not hunting, I would definitely go with a 40.
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    Thanks. I'll go have a browse.

    I was trying to get an initial starting point. I don't usually let shopping for a new gun, or even bow, get to me. But the choice of ML's is daunting.
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    If you get a .45 or larger, you might not use it for hunting. If you get a .40--you won't be using it for hunting.

    Just a thought. You never know what you may end up doing with it.
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    My first ML was a .32cal CVA Squirrel rifle. It has been almost 40 years since I caught the ML bug and still have my first rifle.
    Once you start they seem to get in your blood.
    My favorite ML is a Dixie Gun Works Tennessee Poor Boy 50cal with both flint and percussion locks that I built from a kit.

    Over the years I've had everything from a 36cal Hopkins Allen Buggy rifle to a 75cal Brown Bess. The Hawken pattern rifles are nice to carry, but I prefer Pennsylvania pattern for target shooting.
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    Here's my Poor Boy where it hangs in my office. Still wearing the percussion lock from deer season. I usually install the flint lock when I hang it up, just being lazy.
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    The hardest part of building it was getting both locks tuned.
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    Muzzle Loader Fever

    @TSKnight I would love to see your Poor Boy, but the link doesn't open for me.

    @PAcanis I have been shooting muzzle loaders since Dan Boone was knee high to a grass hopper. Pecatonica has some very good kits with good components from the best suppliers. Not sure where you live in PA, but you have a lot of great local suppliers, too, like Dixon's Muzzleloading over at Kempton. They host an annual gunmakers fair that has a lot of seminars where you could pick up some very valuable info and learn a lot. The fair dates for 2019 are from July 26-28. They have photos from last years fair posted on their web site. A lot of the suppliers and gunmakers will be at the fair, too. It would give you an opportunity to see a lot of components at one place and perhaps see some finished ones, too.

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    I'm traveling tonight and can't take a picture of my own favorite PA gunsmith muzzleloader, but it is an Isaac Haines inspired .54 caliber flintlock with a 38 inch swamped barrel and wooden patch box that the original would have been made in the 1770-1780 time period in Lancaster County, PA. I put this one together from components and self-fabricated parts in a little over 80 hours one summer at a Conner's Prairie gunsmithing course at Fishers, Indiana. Another gunsmith did the finish for me after I had put it together when I became unable to complete it. It is the fifth from the top or fourth from the bottom of the attached photo.
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    I've got a dozen or so muzzleloaders. My favorite is the Remington 1817 Flintlock.

    Remington made 1000 of them as commemoratives and this one is number 667. This one is a .50 and it's accurate and elegant with almost perfect balance.
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    I was lucky enough to learn from the "old guys" in the NSSA way back. I have flintlocks, several civil war era muzzleloaders ( I hunt with a Zouave), and even a matchlock. Revolvers of all shapes and sizes. My kids both have Hawkin rifles. Even a mortar or two :). So, yes. Ask away. without being rude I consider myself well versed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    I've got a dozen or so muzzleloaders. My favorite is the Remington 1817 Flintlock.

    Remington made 1000 of them as commemoratives and this one is number 667. This one is a .50 and it's accurate and elegant with almost perfect balance.
    That is one nice Remington!
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    In Md, IMO, it's Gunmaker... Bill Shipman. His work is absolutely magnificent.........

    BillShipman.com - gunmaker,muzzleloader,blackpowder,rifles,pistols,h unting

    And I'm proud to own and shoot one of his handmade creations.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by xXxHeavy View Post
    In Md, IMO, it's Gunmaker... Bill Shipman. His work is absolutely magnificent.........

    BillShipman.com - gunmaker,muzzleloader,blackpowder,rifles,pistols,h unting
    Wow!
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