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TC Northwest Explorer

Been looking to get a muzzleloader and looking at the TC Northwest Explorer .50 cal. In WA, OR, & ID for a muzzleloader only hunt the rules are very strict and this is one of the few that qualify. Was wondering what you guys think about them that own one, have shot one...

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looks nice, I was wanting a

looks nice, I was wanting a muzzle loader too. And yes or,wa,id have some strict laws. My wifes grandpa has a .54 cal he is gonna give me but I'm not sure what brand I just know it meets the restrictions.

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Have you shot a muzzle loader

Have you shot a muzzle loader before? I have not but they look a lot of fun and they sure open up some possibilities for some good controlled draws that would be rather hard to get with a rifle. I really like the bone collector but really no point in getting one of those since you can only use one in a any weapon season and I would rather use my weatherby.

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fire5179 wrote:

Have you shot a muzzle loader before? I have not but they look a lot of fun and they sure open up some possibilities for some good controlled draws that would be rather hard to get with a rifle. I really like the bone collector but really no point in getting one of those since you can only use one in a any weapon season and I would rather use my weatherby.

I hane not shot a muzzleloader before, I would love to though. The reason I switched from rifle hunting is cause I'm tired of the pumpkin patches in the woods. So now I'm bow hunting. I would also like muzzle cause there isnt as many hunters in the woods.

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I wished that more states

I wished that more states would adopt those same restrictions.  When I first started to hunt with a muzzle loader all there was out there were the side hammers and open sights and the shots were 150 yards or less.  Now a few states allow 1x scopes on them along with the inlines and the shots are over 200 yards. 

As far as the TC Northwest Explorer it should be a fine smoke pole.  It has a lot of the finer points of the TC inlines but with the #11 percussion caps.  And with its faster rate of twist it should shoot maxi balls or maxi hunter loads quite fine.   

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I wished that more states

Never hunted with a muzzle loader do you find it more sporting to hunt with the open sights with a range of up to 150 years? It seems like to me with the technology of the new ones they can reach out to several hundred yards now and are in the same class as a centerfire rifle

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A lot of states have set up

A lot of states have set up special seasone for the muzzle loaders and I personally believe that they should set restrictions on what type of rifle that you can carry.  As I said the new inlines can shoot 200 yards + and is a muzzle loader in name only.  There is something about being out in the sticks with a smoke pole that you have to keep dry and then after the shot either move to one side of duck down to see if you connected with the animal.  Now with the inlines you still have the smoke but to reload it all you have to do is drop a couple of pellets and a copper coated saboted bullet down the bore and you are ready to go.    

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i looked one over at cabelas,

i looked one over at cabelas, horribly cheap. Stock is my main concern as its very flexy and poorly made. The open sights were another issue, they'd have to be replaced with something of better quality as they were hard for me to get lined up consistently.

I personally would find an older knight, TC with wood stock, Winchester X-150, CVA Elkhorn Pro, or even a White. That Northwest is just a terribly cheap rifle.

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i looked one over at cabelas,

Thanks for the info. I'll do some reading about the other muzzle loaders you put up there. Have you buy change shot one or just said heck with them after looking it over?

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 just looked it over. In

 just looked it over. In order to have an accurate rifle, you need a solid 'foundation' and the Northwest's stock isn't solid anywhere.

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Re just looked it over

Kinda surprising coming from TC. They have a good reputation and think they would put a little more into their muzzle loaders. However maybe it's just a cheap smoke pole since it's probably not purchased by too many since it's marketed for OR, ID, WA. The search continues...

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