My first muzzloader

Discussion in 'Muzzleloaders & Black Powder' started by Oldschool280, Jan 28, 2019.

  1. Oldschool280

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    Just picked up an mti 97 whitetail hunter (doc white design) stainless with a nice laminated stock for 130 bucks! It had a scope on it , which i gave to my 12 year old son for his pellet gun. I went to the local indoor 100 yard range and set the target at 50yds. First attempt with 90 grains of pyrodex and 250 grain sabots from a company in canada yielded unbelievable ( to me ) accuracy with open sights. It actually bugholed. I then let my son shoot and he also added to the bughole! I cant imagine it took me 42 years to try one of these. I’m hooked. Where could one find the easiest chart regarding energy if i were to know the velocity and bullet weight? I’d like learn more regarding my loads and they're realistic capabilities. Thanx gang
     
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    I’ve had a ton of fun muzzleloader hunting! In MN we get an additional season for them.
    Do you have a ballistics app? Try Ballistic AE. The only problem is that it can be hard to find the correct BC for the bullets. Randy Wakeman has written a lot on the subject.

    Also, if ok for your gun, try blackhorn 209 loose powder. Less cleaning involved.

    See ballistics section:
    https://www.chuckhawks.com/index2h.muzzleloader.htm
     
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    Real black powder burns much dirtier, but can be stored for years.
     

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    They are fun to shoot and both is it a thrill to bring down an animal with one.
     

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    Muzzle loaders are a blast. They bring a lot of meaning to the phrases "aim small, miss small" "one shot one kill"
    "you need to make the first one count."
     

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    I’ve had a TC renegade flintlock .50 cal since mid 80’s and took quite a few whitetails with a patched roundball. Always good accuracy that exceeded the reasonable range that you could shoot with the rather crude square open sights. Enjoy! 90 grains of AA was the ticket.
     

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    My first plains game hunt in Africa was with a muzzleloader, albeit a custom smokeless one. Took one black wildebeest, one gemsbok, two blesbok and two springbok with it. Longest shot was 330 yards. With a BPS version, good results would likely be limited to 200 yards. One shot really forces you to be on your game.
     
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