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Location: Wandering the World, Currently at Ft. Campbell, KY
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Want to hunt with a muzzleloader

I am looking and getting a muzzleloader sometime in the next few month. Where is a good source of information about muzzleloading. I have never fired one and have always wanted to try hunting with one. Any assistance would be appreciated. Yes

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Location: Minnesota/South Dakota
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Want to hunt with a muzzleloader

Good place to start is anyone who currently muzzeloads. Muzzleloading can be a great way to extend your season. Any sporting goods store can usually help with the basics of loading/unloading, cleaning, powder selection, bullet selection. Otherwise it is trial and error at the range to find which load you prefer and which one your gun does also. I have found good success with the Hornady XTP 245 grain with 100 grains of pyrodex from my encore. Another thing to consider is do you want a modern or traditional muzzeloader because there can be quite a bit of difference in the two.

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Location: Wandering the World, Currently at Ft. Campbell, KY
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Thanks for the info. I am looking at getting an inline instead of the traditional type.

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Location: Downeast, ME USA
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Here is a picture of my deer shot yesterday afternoon with a 50 cal. CVA.
This is the first deer that I ever shot with black powder. I watched him for about 15 minutes. He has a small rack but he is a hefty one.

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Location: Colorado
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At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the place to start is with your local dept. of wildlife (or whatever they call it where you are from). Most states have limitations on the equipment you can use during the muzzleloader season, and most hunters and gun shop salesmen seem to know nothing of these limitations.

As an example, I live and hunt with a muzzleloader in Colorado. In my state it is illegal to use sabots, pelletized powder, smokeless powder, or a scope during the muzzleloader season. Despite that, every single gun shop that I have ever been in here sells these things. My own informal poll of gun shop employees indicates that more than 3/4ths of them think that all of this stuff that they are selling is legal to use, even though it is NOT!!!

Therefore, it is YOUR responsibility to understand the laws of your state! You cannot rely on what a friend, or a gun shop salesman, tells you. You must find out for yourself, and these laws can have a HUGE impact on the proper equipment to buy. You surely don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on a muzzleloader setup, only to find out later that it is illegal to use for muzzleloader hunting!

Good luck!

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Location: Downeast, ME USA
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denver I agree on what you are saying about going by the laws. Like here in Maine you are not allowed to use any baits for deer but Wal-Mart sells them so it must be legal. Shame on You!
Black powder hunting is fun but you also need to be legal. I am new to this type of hunting. My sons bought a inline for me for christmas a couple of years ago and I said this year I was only going to hunt with it till I tagged out.
The only thing I don't like about it , is that you have got to clean it when you are done even after 1 shot.
But hey it was worth it.

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Location: Fredericksburg VA
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Muzzle gun is all I used last year kept switching between the Ole flintlock and the Knight in line both 50 cal.

I like to archery hunt too but i kinda got a late start this year for it so I'll be doing the Muzzle loader the rest of the season.

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Location: Wandering the World, Currently at Ft. Campbell, KY
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Well, I narrowed it down to the CVA Wolf or Kodiak. What is the difference and which one would be easier to use since I am just starting out.

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Location: Colorado
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Which would be easier to use? No difference. It's a matter of looks, price, features... so you'll just have to decide which you prefer.

Looks like they both have a 1:28 rifling twist, which means they're designed to shoot sabots. Are you sure sabots are legal for hunting where you want to use it? They are not in a number of states. These rifles will probably also work okay with very long conicals, if you can't use sabots, but a rifle with a slightly slower twist would be better.

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