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Jbw
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buying a muzzeloader

im am looking to buy a muzzeloader but im not sure what to get, the new electronic one or an inline. which one would be better? i like the idea of no caps with the electronic gun but never used one so not sure how they work.

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buying a muzzeloader

Welcome to BGH forums. I've never had a problem with caps/primers so I don't see that being much of an issue.

What conditions are you planning to use it in? Expected range? Species?

Thompson Centrearms (TC) seem to be the overwhelming favourite. I shoot a Traditions Pursuit (which is at the lower end of the price spectrum) and it serves me fine. If you're looking for "conventional-like performance (+100yds) you'll want you more gun than what I have, it's performance really starts to drop past 75yds and I wouldn't reccomend it period past 100.

Jbw
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buying a muzzeloader

I would be using it for deer, and the rang could be any where from point blank rang out to a 150 yards.

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buying a muzzeloader

i bought my first smoke pole 2 years ago a tradtions yukon 50cal,i cast my own bullets,250 grain maxi ball,i use this because in upstate new york i might find a bear in my hunt . this combo 100 grains powder,250 grain bullet,4x32 scope works well for me at 175+ yards.shoot what your good with and be confident in your combo and you will be ok

Jbw
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buying a muzzeloader

in the brush whats better a patch and ball or a sabot?

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sabot

jbw.
sabots are better all round,patched balls tend to drift,indian lake area is where i do some hunting.

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Muzzle Loader

I have also looked at the CVA electronic gun , very impressive .. but also have looked closely at the Thompson Center since you can change out the Barrels and do alot more for your money.

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buying a muzzeloader

Hi JB , A Thompson Center Encore , 50 cal. with 250 gr TC Shock Wave's in front of three 50 gr pellets of triple seven works great every time for me.
There are a lot of less expensive MZ out there that are fine also. My son has a traditions with the breach plug that screws out by hand. That is very handy and it shoots great.

Jbw
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buying a muzzeloader

ya makes since

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I have the TC pro hunter very satisfied with it. Also shoot 250 gr. shockwave 3-50s triple 7. Holds a nice pattern.Shoots great out to 250 yrds. Killed a nice elk at 60yrds. Good luck hunting........

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Go with the CVA either the Optima Pro or the Elite in 50cal.
They shoot just as good as a TC and cost a lot less. Plus they have a life time warrentee. I have shot 3 deer with mine and have not had any problems with it.

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