- Mar 13, 2020
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Posted in errorReally excited about this year's muzzleloader season. My 16 year old daughter is carrying a flintlock and I'm taking my fusil. I've hunted for years with my dad so to have both with me this year, I'm a blessed man. We all like the late flintlock season.
Well done but wow, I'm only using 90gn under 1&3/4oz.I took the SXS out for duck opener, which was unreal. I messed up slightly, but it sure wasn't for lack of ducks. I ended up with a limit of all greenwing teal. I shot one goose, but it somehow pulled off a death dive, never to be seen again. There were some mallards, which did not commit, and lots of spoonbill right away, but none seen after about 10 minutes. This was the first duck opener I ever did outside of Minnesota, and I couldn't be happier. I heard a couple of shots a few miles away, otherwise I was all alone out there.
I was shooting the same powder charge, about 105 gr, but cut a shot measure for 1 1/2 oz of #4 bismuth. I knew my powder measure would throw about 570 grains (right between 1 1/4 and 1 3/8 oz), and my #B measure would throw just over 1 3/4 oz. It turned out 1 1/2 patterned great, and it was none too wasteful on the teal. I did notice an odd phenomenon that I have not before. I first noticed it on a crippled goose. The first shot patterns good and tight, the second shot sometimes blows wide. I tried it a few times for fun, and it is always the second shot. I got it to do it with both barrels, not every time, but about 25% of the time. I then took a shot, and checked the second barrel with the ramrod. I noticed that the second barrel had the overshot card move just a tiny bit. I doubt it was more than 1/4". Apparently that's all it takes to ruin a pattern though. I had been splitting my cards in half for the overshot, but they are relatively soft compared to many cards. I am going to begin using them whole again, like I used to.
P.S. The goose I shot was with #4 bismuth. It was fairly close, probably 25 yards. Even at that distance, the shot clearly did not make it through the breasts, only breaking the wings. This small shot is only good if you get a headshot. #B works great though. I may try loading #4 in the first, and #B in the second barrel tomorrow.