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what is a good muzzle loader

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by varmiter, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. varmiter

    varmiter orchards wa. Member

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    I just got drawn for multi season elk tag.I have a good bow and rifles already but have never really paid attention to muzzle loaders.Also needs to be legal in Washington.
     
  2. finch6013

    finch6013 Oregon City Active Member

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    not sure about washington laws or rules for that season but we have a cabelas Hawken traditional style that has killed a few deer and is very accurate. I think they go for around 400.
     
  3. DSbur

    DSbur Vancouver WA Member

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    http://www.northwestfirearms.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4731
    This guy is in Yakima and is a co-worker of mine. Probably a decent price for a barely used gun. I'm more of a traditionalist though (flint longrifle).

    .54 TC Hawken in percussion, probably one of the more bullet-proof commercially made rifles. Pseudo-authentic so not a real traditionalist rifle, but who cares, you're after elk. They can stand a fair amount of abuse, you can find roundballs and maxi-balls almost anywhere, and you can use the fake blackpowder substitutes if you want with percussion.

    I'd keep the shots within 100yds FWIW on elk.
     
  4. finch6013

    finch6013 Oregon City Active Member

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    with the hawken and a full load of powder with a round ball accuracy is no problem at 100yds although I wouldn't go any further than that, no matter the muzzle loader that you use
     
  5. BUZO71

    BUZO71 Emerald Valley, Oregon New Member

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    Ya know, if you're interested, I might be selling my CVA .50
     
  6. terrylf72

    terrylf72 Portland, Oregon, United States Member

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    bwells Longview Member

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    The Hawkens are good. My dad shoots a 54 cal TC Hawken, and I always loved that gun. Being a lefty, the hammer always made me nervous so I went with a TC Scout, but neither of us has had any problems with wet powder in the woods. And they're both accurate enough for deer and elk out to 100 yards. Whatever you get, test different loads and find something that shoots accurate. I'd have to check, but I think we both stay around 70 grains of powder to keep the groups tight.
     
  8. finch6013

    finch6013 Oregon City Active Member

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    I think we always shot around 70 grains if I remember right.