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I am new to this subject.
I was woundering on what to look for when buying a blackpower firearm?
The other thing is cleaning. I hear it is a big pain taking care of this type of firearm, is this true?
I have been thinking about buying one for 2 years.
Can anybody help me?

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I wondered when somebody would post in the muzzleloader forum. Wink

Check out this page:

http://www.biggamehunt.net/sections/Muzzleloader/

At the very bottom is a link to a web site by B.E Spencer, he gives a lot of muzzleloading/black-powder info...

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Thanks for the info, great reading

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cleaning is really pretty simple. Black powder is just plain fun. somehow I got volunteered and became the black powder lead instructor for our hunter ed. program. We run about about 500 kids trough a year. If I can teach black powder its simple :smile: What kind of rifle are you looking at flint sidelock or inline ???

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A friend of mine has me talked into an inline.
Are these good?

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Inlines are great. Less miss fires. Most new ones come tapped for mounting a scope and some can use a 209 primer instead of a percussion cap. I've got 3 knight inlines (really they are the states) they have fiber optic sights shot really well. I'm still a flintlock fan :smile:

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gunslinger338, have you tried windex to clean your inlines?
I have heard it's the cat's meow for cleaning.

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I've heard that but never tried windex.

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Do you boil your parts? (to clean them)

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In my opinion, muzzloader cleaning hassles can be greatly reduced with powder selection.Some people will use only black powder, which is fine, but some of the new stuff like the cleanshot or especially Hodgdon's triple 7, is the cats meow.These new powders are non corrosive, and the rifles dont need cleaned quite as often. Also,they are a nitrocellulose base, same as smokeless, therefore, conventional powder solvents will disolve the residue.

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Kgoody, what about the Pyrodex pellets?