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Location: Manitoba
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Need A Muzzleloader

What would be a good muzzleloader for under $500 dollars i cant choose and any info would help.

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Location: West Carleton, Ottawa, Canada
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I have a Traditions Pursuit breack action and I love it. In-line break actions are definitely the way to go, unless you're searching for the tradional experience.

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Location: Colorado
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With a $500 budget there are dozens of good rifles available to you. Why do you want a muzzleloader? What do you intend to do with it? Do you prefer traditional or modern-looking? Do you have a preference about what kind of projectile you want to shoot?

If you don't know the answers to these questions (I hope you at least know why you want it!) then perhaps it would be best to start by doing some reading about muzzleloaders. Here's a link to a good book to start with...

http://tinyurl.com/2eo47l

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Location: Lexington Mi.
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I don't know about the laws in Canada, but here in the US it seems every state has their own rules specific to muzzleloading season and what you can and cannot use like: ignition, powder type, bullet type, and telescopic sights. I heard Idaho just passed some pretty strict laws concerning their muzzleloading season. Anyway if you haven't already I would check the laws where you plan to hunt just to see what is allowed and what is not.
If you are asking what is the best gun for the buck, I really like the Knight Rifles. With the exception of the speed breech feature on TC Pro Hunter I like everything the Knights have to offer at a much lower price than the TC. There are several models to choose from and all feature the award winning and deadly accurate Green Mountain Barrel and most are priced below $500

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First off check with the rules an regulations in your area.what will you be shooting with your muzzleloader...........can you use sabots or conicals.......i have shot the thompson center muzzleloaders for alot of years an have not had any problems out of them.but anyway whatever you decide on your muzzleloader enjoy an practice good gun safety.

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Location: Manitoba
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I plan to be hunting deer. maybe elk, moose, and bear with it to. i want one just because i like only haveing one shot it make for a better shot and in rifle season we do lots of deer drives. i want a modern in line muzzleloader. i will be using sabots and conical bullets. round balls for fun. for laws here its pretty basic no shooting from a vehicle or off a road. you can have scopes on it and the powder, ignition. i will be putting a scope on it. i have all my equipment for muzzleloading except a gun, scope and primers.

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Location: Colorado
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A rifle that will shoot sabots well will not shoot round balls worth a crap. That's because round balls need a slow rate of twist--neighborhood of 60:1 or more--in order to shoot well. Sabots like a fast rate of twist--less than 40:1--to shoot best.

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Location: Maui, Hawaii
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You want to look into the Savage MLII. It is a 209 primer inline ignition. In addition, you can shoot smokeless powder loads in it. There are a number of articles about it on the web.

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I have shot roundballs out of my knight DISC on many occasions, I back the powder charge down to 50grns and just plink with them.If you don't push them very hard you would be amazed at how well they will shoot

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Location: Canada
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Devin......my wife and I both have .50 cal. T/C Omega in-lines. They have been great rifles and I have never had a problem with either of them. Besides using them in the Manitoba whitetail muzzleloader season, we use them for bear all the time and they do the job quite well.

I think most all of the new in-lines will do the job for you..........I would suggest going to Wholesale Sports or SIR and have a look at the offerings from T/C, Knight, Ruger, Savage, etc and see what you like the feel of.

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Location: Kentucky/ Colorado
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Makwa and others, I just purchase a Omega Z-5 in a .50 Caliber. What type of powder do you use and how much? What type of bullets seem to work best? In Colorado we can't use sabots for our muzzleloading season, what would you suggest for elk?

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