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Location: philo ohio
Joined: 11/04/2004
Posts: 35
new to muzzleloaders

hey guys im new to muzzle loaders and i was going tobuy a 50cal muzzle loader at walmart i dont think its top of the line seeing as its only $54 its my first and i want to check it out and see if i like it and as i go ill buy better guns well any info on this topic is apritiated thanks

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Location: Southeast Washington State
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new to muzzleloaders

Being as you are a first timer, I would recommend against getting such a cheap firearm. Yes, it will probably work, but there is so much better out there for just a few bucks more.

If you are going to hunt with it, make sure it meets your state's requirements. If you are not sure, find someone that hunts muzzleloader in your state and ask for their advice.

If you are a traditionalist, thompson makes a pretty darned good sidelock. If your objective is to put meat on the table, then check out the in-line market. Now before anyone comes after me with a tomahawk, I will say that sidelocks have put meat on the table for hundreds of years, and if you decide to use that as a hunting firearm, you are in good company. I am more a practicalist, so for me, in-lines make better sense. I've seen too many sidelocks experience hangfires, and cleaning a fixed breech firearm is a pain. The only hangfires I've experienced with my in-lines occurred because I created a blockage in the firearm and I did not expect it to fire. It sure is nice to be able to pull the nipple and the breech plug out and clean the firearm through and through. Also, most in-lines have a rate of twist on the barrel that is more conducive to accuracy with the heavier conicals and sabots.

I still like shooting my sidelocks once in a while, and the flintlock is mandatory at rendevous for me. They just require more attention than I want to put into my primitive hunts, but are fine for exhibition work. I get to teach this subject in our hunter ed classes, and I make it a point to teach both types of muzzleloaders. I advocate using the best tools for the job when it comes to hunting, and experience has proven that in-lines are better suited for the job. My current favorite is a Knight wolverine in 50 cal.

Location: philo ohio
Joined: 11/04/2004
Posts: 35
new to muzzleloaders

thanks for the tips im an avad hunter i have a few shot guns and bows i just wanted to try something new i dont have to pay for the muzzle loader im getting my focks r going to get it for christmas and my step dad knows a bit about muzzle loaders so i think he will get a good one well thanks

Location: philo ohio
Joined: 11/04/2004
Posts: 35
new to muzzleloaders

hey i got my new gun its a cva buckhorn 209 .50 cal its a nice gun it has the softest recoil pad ive ever felt i think its a good beginner muzzle loader well thanks for the tips muzzle loadeing season starts today im going to sight it in and go out in the morning well later

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