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Flintlock Hunters

Postby bentfork » Thu Dec 04, 2008 6:08 pm

Anybody here do much hunting with a flintlock muzzleloader?
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Re: Flintlock Hunters

Postby Virginia Mike » Fri Dec 05, 2008 8:27 am

While I am not into reinacting anymore, I still take my .32 squirrel rifle out every once in a while. I was going to build me a .62 flint smooth bore, but never got around to it.
Is PA still flint only in black powder season?
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Re: Flintlock Hunters

Postby bentfork » Fri Dec 05, 2008 7:09 pm

We have an early season any style muzzleloader season and the late season is flintlock only and i love it. I've been wanting to find a squirrel rifle.
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Re: Flintlock Hunters

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Re: Flintlock Hunters

Postby Virginia Mike » Sun Dec 07, 2008 7:31 am

bentfork wrote:We have an early season any style muzzleloader season and the late season is flintlock only and i love it. I've been wanting to find a squirrel rifle.


Mine is a Cabela's "Blue Ridge" rifle made by Pedersoli. Not bad for the money. Jackie Brown gunmaker makes some nice ones If you don't want to whittle out your own.
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Re: Flintlock Hunters

Postby bentfork » Sun Dec 07, 2008 6:39 pm

I have a 50. caliber Traditions Pa. pellet that i have loaded down to around 40 grains of ffg to whack a squarrels. It just crushes em at about 50 yards and don't mess up any meat. Sometimes it just knocks the wind out of em and ya gotta run up and gettem before they get goin again.
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Re: Flintlock Hunters

Postby Virginia Mike » Mon Dec 08, 2008 7:34 am

A .50 is more versatile, and probaly as period correct as the small bores. As most of the big game was killed out of the East, the .32 and .36 became more popular to save lead and powder. Some rifles went down to .25 cal.. They hung on as so called "Hog Rifles" used to start proceedings on butchering day; while the shotgun took over the hunting field.
With a .50 you have to "Bark" the squirrel; that is shoot just under him to kill him by concussion. Davy Crockett stuff. :)
Your rifle will burn cleaner if you use fffg.. Clean with soap and hot water, and lube with bore butter. Stay away from petroleum based lubes; they make tar when they burn and cause hard loading.
I have learned that Jackie Brown has had family medical problems and may not be building guns anymore, sad.
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Re: Flintlock Hunters

Postby KETCHAM » Wed Jan 21, 2009 3:44 pm

While mine is not a flintlock ,I wish it was.Didn't get to do anything here this fall,next year I hope.Mine is a .54 caliber Scout.Thompson.Short barrel good in brush.Kevin :twisted: :twisted:
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Re: Flintlock Hunters

Postby knucklebuster » Wed Jan 28, 2009 8:34 pm

I have really been looking to build up a flint lock, I have an inline, but i would like something a little more authentic. Any of you guys start with a kit ect.?
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Re: Flintlock Hunters

Postby Virginia Mike » Thu Jan 29, 2009 7:51 am

Kits are fun and save a lot of work. Try Dixie Gun Works, or Track of the Wolf.
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Re: Flintlock Hunters

Postby BigBill » Thu Feb 12, 2009 8:32 am

I just did a 3 gun purchase and i got a thompson 54cal renegade with double set triggers, a traditions 50cal inline and a winchester 50cal inline also. I got these very cheap and got into blackpowder stuff all at once. I really like the 54cal renegade.

I've been told in the past that only real men shoot blackpowder guns.
I'm technically misunderstood at times i guess its been this way my whole life so why should it change now.
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Re: Flintlock Hunters

Postby grumpy » Thu Feb 12, 2009 8:20 pm

BigBill wrote:

I've been told in the past that only real men shoot blackpowder guns.


Thats true. I still have the scars to prove it. It's my story & I'm stickin to it. :wink: :wink: Grump
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