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You can only have one muzzleloader! What do you choose?

  • Flintlock Rifle 45 cal or smaller

    Votes: 15 7.1%
  • Flintlock Rifle 50 cal or larger

    Votes: 46 21.7%
  • Flintlock Fowler (bore of choice)

    Votes: 64 30.2%
  • Percussion Rifle 45 cal or smaller

    Votes: 17 8.0%
  • Percussion Rifle 50 cal or larger

    Votes: 36 17.0%
  • Any Military Style Musket

    Votes: 8 3.8%
  • Percussion Smoothbore

    Votes: 16 7.5%
  • None of the above

    Votes: 10 4.7%

  • Total voters


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Without a doubt it would be a percussion 45 or smaller. It can be used for deer, rabbits, squirrels and anything else to feed oneself. It would be good for both a closer up and farther out shots. Does not use a lot of powder and fairly economical on lead. I can always make my own caps.

I wouldn’t consider anything different.
If I were limited to one gun I would want it to Be a cape gun or swivel barrel, .62 rifled and 20, 16, or12 GA smooth, probably choked. Percussion.
I understand these polls are just for fun and conversation, but @CaptainVane makes a good point. I think there are a number of forum members who are primarily handgunners. Personally, I would stick with my first choice on the poll, but it would be great to have a pistol/revolver option among the choices for those who prefer them.

Inclusivity, y’know. No shooter left behind….

Notchy Bob
Seeing as I only have one right now, I have to vote flinter >.50cal. ;)

While I do enjoy smooth bores and could have selected a smooth bore 24 / .58 cal for my Colonial, I went with the rifled barrel. Where I live, the regs are easier to live with if you have a flinter and I've got some good sized game around (elk, moose, bear). The calibre might not be ideal for small game (not that I'm trying to save meat with prairie dogs), but it is probably the most versatile choice for where I live.

Besides, I love the stunned pause when the modern shooters hear ".58cal" when they ask you what you're shooting :D
I am lucky, having several doubles - but all percussion, even though I prefer flinters.

Choice #1 would be my .58 cal Pedersoli double rifle.
Choice #2 is my 1840 English Double 15-bore
Choice #3 is the French "Stalking Gun", about .45 cal right barrel, 20-bore left barrel.
Of your 3 I would go with #2