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When I got my 1858 last year a buddy joked about hunting deer with it. I pointed out that it wasn't legal I don't think, but rifles... Then a few weeks ago I got my 54, and he called me up a day later and was talking about just taking a trip to see friends in PA and they have a flintlock only season.... The seed gets planted.

We go shooting last week, he loves my .54. Calls me from a pawn shop and scores a .50 inline (meh) and a .45 Kentucky style percussion rifle for $80 OTD total.

Met at the range today, tested the .45 ignition (no .440 balls to be had locally) and got his .50 sighed in (man in-lines are complex to shoot compared to sidelock) and shot my .54 some (also introduced two other shooters who where there banging away with their ARs)

.440 balls are on order, investigations are being made regarding a current production flintlock, and the possibility of smoothbore/shotgun was brought up as well :)

Figure once we get the 45 throwing lead I can talk him into selling the in-line for a profit to be used to help fund a flinter or traditional percussion gun.
 

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Could find a civil war reproduction musket repurposed for hunting. I can tell you from experience that a Springfield smoothbore .69 is not easy to carry, but then we don’t do this because it’s easy right?

Hes a hunter looking for seasons when hes in areas. PAs flintlock only is right at his family time up there so that is his driving force. A corrent prod Traditions or similar would be a better fit for him, let someone into history shoot the historical pieces

As to the weight, the one time I went deer hunting was at the height of my EBR days and since pigs were more likely my choice came down to my 9.9lb empty FN FAL.

Fortunately we dont have mountains or even tall hills here in Florida....
 
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Hes a hunter looking for seasons when hes in areas. PAs flintlock only is right at his family time up there so that is his driving force. A corrent prod Traditions or similar would be a better fit for him, let someone into history shoot the historical pieces

As to the weight, the one time I went deer hunting was at the height of my EBR days and since pigs were more likely my choice came down to my 9.9lb empty FN FAL.

Fortunately we dont have mountains or even tall hills here in Florida....
1840 historically came in a flintlock. Not sure if there is a modern repro of that? Just looked it up. Repros are out there, but they aint cheap.
 

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A Baker (1800-1803) is a good option for military to deer hunt. Just hard to get. Several threads here on them. Flint, 62 caliber, and only a 33 inch barrel.
 
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