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bapfreak 
32 Cal.
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11-10-08 02:41 PM - Post#635524    


Anybody know anything about the Traditions Deerhunter Flintlock. I am looking at getting one ( 50 cal, nickel and synthetic ). I am on a limited budget and can not fork out the money for a Lyman flintlock. Is this rifle worth getting? Should I just stick to caplocks for the time being? Any one shot this?

Oh, this would be my first black powder rifle in my gun collection.

 
paulvallandigham 
Passed On
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paulvallandigham
11-10-08 03:51 PM - Post#635547    

    In response to bapfreak

I found this one being sold in Sportsman's Guide catelog for $259.00. Is that what you are buying, and at that price?

It only has a 24 inch barrel, which limits you and the loads you can fire. If you want a 50 yard hunting gun, then buy it. If you are looking for something that will reach out there, then spend $50.00 more and buy something like the Traditions Hawkin Rifle 50P, which comes with a 28 inch barrel, in stainless, and Black laminate stock.

http://www.traditionsfirearms.com/eshop/10Browse.asp?Category=Bargain+Bin%3A+Rif...

Like everything else, you get what you pay for.

Many of the these guns come with burrs on the lands, that cut patches, and the barrels need lapping, or smoothing before they shoot well. Sometimes the actions need work to make them fire
properly.

Its way too late to be buying a gun to use to hunt this Fall and Winter. Why not save up some more money, take advantage of the sales next year( there are always new year's sales) and buy a better rifle? If you check the For Sale topic on this forum, you can usually find some very good buys on used guns, that will get you started with something that doesn't have all the bugs to be worked out! The members generally can tell you what powder charge and ball/patch/lube combination works best in the gun, too.

I know very few people who start out with lots of money to spend on a MLer for their first gun.

My first rifle was a " close out " import in .45 with only a 25 inch barrel. It was not legal to shoot deer in my home state with this short a barrel. I found out AFTER I receive the gun. It cost $99.95, back in 1978. It had so many problems I almost threw it in the garbage. Instead, I used it to teach myself how to FIX all those mistakes and problems myself, and that knowledge has since helped dozens of other shooters.

Unless you are that interested in learning how to work on Black Powder firearms, buy something better.

Edited by paulvallandigham on 11-10-08 03:54 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
cowpoke1955 
58 Cal.
Posts: 2090
cowpoke1955
11-10-08 05:37 PM - Post#635573    

    In response to bapfreak

A lyman Trade Rifle may be within your budget. They come in .50 and .54 cal. for $313.92 at DNR Sports: http://www.dnrsports.com/acatalog/D___R_Catalog_Lyman_Muzzleloaders_649.html . Midsouth Shooters has yhe best prices, but the only have them in percussion. Good luck.

 
R.M. 
50 Cal.
Posts: 1092
R.M.
11-10-08 05:46 PM - Post#635575    

    In response to cowpoke1955

Once the season's over, pawn shops should have a bunch.

R.M.


 
jimknife 
32 Cal.
Posts: 15
11-10-08 06:22 PM - Post#635587    

    In response to R.M.

Go to http://www.lymanproducts.com/lymanproducts/index. htm On the left select specials. When the page pops up scroll down to Factory reconditioned Muzzleloaders. Currently, a flint, trade rifle for 259.32.

 
Mountain Rifle 
36 Cal.
Posts: 72
11-11-08 10:34 AM - Post#635818    

    In response to bapfreak

I started out with a Trad. Deerhunter and got a doe with it that first season. I got it because it was the cheapest new flintlock I could find that would spark. Obviously it worked, but I didn't keep it. I would suggest trying to find something better, even for a first gun, as already recommended above, simply because in my experience, higher quality is more rewarding.

Mtn. Rifle

 
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