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    Turkey's I'm ready

    That's an OK pattern. I'm not sure I'd shoot that at a turkey at 25 yards. Chances are 9/10 times it will kill, but I'd keep shots inside 20 yards, and you should be good.
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    Lead vs Bismuth

    How are you measuring your shot?
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    Oh boy! 'Primitive' season in Alabama?

    Even now I still shoot inline muzzleloaders. I can't go into details because this forum takes such a no-tolerance stance. It has been a number of years since I have deer hunted with an inline. The biggest myth I see is that inline muzzleloaders are simplified. Well, yes and no. The yes part is...
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    Oh boy! 'Primitive' season in Alabama?

    That's where I'm not sure I agree with out about success rates. It's really hard to find an apples to apples comparison. Minnesota is about as lenient on muzzleloaders as you can get. Inlines, scopes, smokeless powder, even breech loading powder (firesticks) is all allowed. Looking at past...
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    Oh boy! 'Primitive' season in Alabama?

    Certainly not by me. I've been trying to get my dad to switch to a crossbow for a few years now since every time he shoots his slug gun his shoulders and arms stiffen to the point he can barely move the next day, plus his circulation isn't so great, and he can barely handle under freezing temps...
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    Oh boy! 'Primitive' season in Alabama?

    With a drawn tag, I can understand your thinking to a point. Most states with decent whitetail numbers sell OTC tags with no real limit other than how many each person can shoot. Something like black bear, I really fail to see how any weapon could effect this. Elk, Moose and other very limited...
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    Oh boy! 'Primitive' season in Alabama?

    Exactly. At no point has anyone, in any state, ever said you couldn't use a flintlock. People need to get over their elitism, entitlement, and discrimination. Hunt, or don't. I'm sick of these threads that put down other hunters for what they choose to use. It's nobody's business.
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    Does anyone make stainless octagon flintlock barrels?

    What do you mean? Why silicon?
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    Does anyone make stainless octagon flintlock barrels?

    I almost fell over laughing when I read some of the comments. I feel pretty safe assuming nobody on here has ever built rifle using a wrought iron or Damascus steel barrel. These same people are building rifles with 20th century steels. They might even own entire stainless steel guns like a...
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    what to use instead of lead balls

    Arizona offers over the counter blackbear tags. I have a LOT to say about California, but none of it will do any good to you. I can only assume you are stuck in CA for whatever reason. It's bad, but we are still at least a year from having to send in Snake Plissken. You are free to leave for...
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    Turkeys are gobbling.

    I wish that had been the case for me. I did two turkey trips this winter, both dismal failures. One was the week before Christmas, the day after the first big snow for the black hills. I spent 4 days and 500+ miles looking for turkeys or tracks off every road I could find in the BH1 unit. Found...
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    Problems I have had with, and thoughts on Pedersolis I have owned .

    I don't know who ever figured that out. It's hard to find a leaner animal than a duck. You would have to kill 50 grain fed mallards to get a pound of fat. @windy , so yours shot low too. It sure seems a common theme. Mine was about the same, somewhere in the 3' low range. That is just a...
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    10 gauge round ball

    You don't have to. It's real obvious who has never shot a plastic wad in a muzzleloader. I've shot both muzzleloaders and cartridges with blackpowder and plastic wads. They shoot fine, if there's any fouling at all, it's cleaned out with the powder. I have yet to see streaks of plastic like some...
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    Problems I have had with, and thoughts on Pedersolis I have owned .

    I'm glad you had the guts to point out the flaws Cutfinger. I have not shot nearly as many as you, but the ones I have, I completely agree. Pedersoli is a brand that is so close... but just doesn't quite get "it". They are usually just a couple of tweaks from being great guns. They are put...
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    10 gauge round ball

    Yes, I have tried round balls from my Pedersoli 10 gauge sxs. I had an older model, both barrels cylinder choke, and the bore was .764". I really don't know the reason, it was dumb. I load 10 gauge shotshells, have a host of wads, and only a Remington SP10 wad will fit down a .764" bore. Both...
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    Choking Smoothies

    Jug choked is listed as "Tula" in this chart.
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    Choking Smoothies

    Choke in muzzleloaders does the exact same thing as choke in cartridge guns. You could have a normal constricting choke in a muzzleloader, but now you would have to load wads through an undersized muzzle. Not the end of the world, but not as convenient. Plus you are basically rendering that gun...
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    ??? FPS??

    Either you mistook what he said, or he wasn't a chemical engineer. All propellants react differently under pressure than at atmosphere. That's high school stuff. Secondly, if it were even remotely true, then you couldn't get supersonic with blackpowder, which is false in every sense of the word...
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    ??? FPS??

    I see nowhere anyone asked about blackpowder in shotshells. Yes, it is possible to load a blackpowder muzzleloader up to the 11,500 psi SAMMI voluntary limit for a modern 12 gauge shotshell.
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    ??? FPS??

    Really? What kind of ammo could you possibly be referring to? In the constraints of a shotshell, maybe. Comparing a shotshell to a muzzleloaders, no way. They are fairly comparable with most loads, but the pressure of a muzzleloader is only 1/2 or less. Loaded to equal pressure, I'd bet...
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