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    Default Re: Muzzleloader For Beginners

    A lot comes down to what you want the rifle for *..do you want to be Hawkeye in Last of the Mohicans with a Pennsylvania Long Rifle or do you want to be deer deadly from 50-100yrds with a flintlock that is reliable , practical, accurate and easy to clean and shoot *..BTW I prefer French over English flints but either will do in a pinch *.I lean more in Gunplummers camp here for a *flintlock for beginners*
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    Get a percussion cap rifle. And old school Hawken will work just fine and you don't need an inliner.

    Flintloaders are not for beginners. In fact flintloaders are why a lot of people think muzzleloaders suck. No matter what flint you use ignition is never 100% and there is a defiant hang time where you have to hold the rifle still or you will miss. Yes people will tell you after many hours of missfires and many more hours experimenting with flints and priming there flintlocks are ALMOST 100% (how many missed deer did this include?).

    Unless it is raining hard percussion caps are for all practical purposes 100% ignition with no noticeable hang time. If you get bit by the muzzleloading bug later then go ahead and get a flintlock. But not as your first muzzleloader.

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    Default Re: Muzzleloader For Beginners

    a cap gun will preclude you from hunting in the late "primitive" season which is flintlock only. A well tuned flintlock is as reliable as a percussion.flintlock.JPG

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    Default Re: Muzzleloader For Beginners

    Quote Originally Posted by heatheroo View Post
    a cap gun will preclude you from hunting in the late "primitive" season which is flintlock only. A well tuned flintlock is as reliable as a percussion.
    Except in the rain!

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    Default Re: Muzzleloader For Beginners

    Quote Originally Posted by Delkal View Post
    Get a percussion cap rifle. And old school Hawken will work just fine and you don't need an inliner.

    Flintloaders are not for beginners. In fact flintloaders are why a lot of people think muzzleloaders suck. No matter what flint you use ignition is never 100% and there is a defiant hang time where you have to hold the rifle still or you will miss. Yes people will tell you after many hours of missfires and many more hours experimenting with flints and priming there flintlocks are ALMOST 100% (how many missed deer did this include?).

    Unless it is raining hard percussion caps are for all practical purposes 100% ignition with no noticeable hang time. If you get bit by the muzzleloading bug later then go ahead and get a flintlock. But not as your first muzzleloader.
    A lot of the delay with a flinter is due to using too much powder in the frizzen , less is more in this case , I have very little or no delay with mine , pull click bang 99% of the time .

    EXCEPT IN TH RAIN
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    Default Re: Muzzleloader For Beginners

    I am not bashing Flintlocks in general.......I am just bashing flintlocks for beginners where they can get a percussion cap rifle and be happy with a much smaller learning / frustration curve. You can go scoped inline but I would recommend getting an old school Hawken and hunting with it. You get some satisfaction after shooting thru a deer lengthwise and leaving a 50 cal+ hole with a heavy cast lead Maxiball.

    When you get used to it then start to experiment with flintlocks. Yes that means buying another.

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    Default Re: Muzzleloader For Beginners

    Flintlocks can easily be for the beginner. A few grains of 4f in the pan and it will go off very quick with a decent spark. Sharp flint and quick ignition. I dont experience any hang time with mine.

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