So I'm stuck at work by myself today and have been brain experimenting all morning. What's the feasibility of printing a decent muzzleloader? I guess the intent is to design a gun that wouldn't be banned under any current ATF regulations, that I wouldn't get in trouble for giving to someone else, that doesn't rely on ammo availability, and that also functions relatively well. Kind of the perfect off the grid sidearm.
What I'm thinking of is based on the old black powder revolver ideas. Make a six shot cylinder that can be popped out of the gun and a new loaded one put back in. You could make your own black powder but you would still rely on percussion caps. Could an alternate ignition source be used? Something like pressing two brass tacks into each chamber and creating a spark electrically?
Is this something worth looking into?
Can someone help me understand the requirement for archery hunters in CO. With the muzzle loader season next week right smack in the middle of archery hunting are we required to wear blaze orange as a archery hunter? In the big game regs book it says for rifle seasons, do they consider muzzleloader a rifle? I’m just slightly confused. Thanks.
My dad and I are planning on getting a traditions Kentucky rifle or Hawken rifle kit, but I'm not really sure if we should choose percussion or flintlock. I like the style of a flintlock rifle more, but I hear they're harder to get running reliably
I recently purchased a Traditions Kentucky .50 cal percussion cap pistol to explore black powder shooting. Currently, I only own the more traditional firearms and have cleaning supplies for those.
My first question would be whether or not any of those same cleaning supplies/solvents/brushes would be usable with black powder. I have an extensive cleaning kit for use on my handguns and rifles.
In addition, what would be some essential supplies and equipment to buy for a gun like this?
Lastly, I can’t seem to find any videos describing how to clean this gun as most of them are about revolvers. I realize I can google this, but I seldom get a clear definitive answer. Thanks for any advice you can give!
I recently drew on a controlled muzzleloader mule deer hunt and am planning on a long 5-8 day hunting experience in the backcountry. Ultimately after thinking about this trip I’ve slowly ran into some roadblocks that I can’t answer due to my lack of experience. So I need some help with knowing more about what you guys do. First I need ways of carrying extra loads in a sturdy container that takes little space, and wont open. Obviously I don’t want to carry my entire powder horn, and don’t want to measure another load if I need to get a quick shot off. I found some like plastic glitter tubes that fits perfectly 80 grains. Any other ideas or what do you guys carry?
Next how long should a load be in my gun? In other words do I need to worry about pulling my bullet out if I dont get a shot? How long could I let it sit before needed new powder or before it starts to damage my gun? I live in a pretty dry area and am not worried about over 50% humidity during the day maybe at night.
Is there a problem with me using a round ball? I heard that if the rifling on your gun isn’t tight enough using a conical is a bad idea as the rifling wont be able to spin the bullet fast enough to get good ballistics, is this true? My rifling is 1:48’ you probably need that for reference.
Any other tips/tricks/pointers you could give me for either backcountry hunting or muzzleloader hunting?
Alright, here is my pity party. I am trying to hunt this weekend and I am without a gun. It is a shitty situation with my muzzleloader currently residing in another state; I ordered a second over a month ago(that was listed as in stock) and just found it it won't ship for another two weeks; and my loaner from a buddy is not available. Anyone know of a shop that has anything in stock? I was trying to grab a CVA Wolf SS or something similar.
Any help is appreciated. SW in Thornton is sold out. This might just be a CPW donation and I will call/glass for my brother.
My Dad gave me a .58 caliber civil war replica rifle. I've got some of the equipment but looking for minnie balls, caps, powder,.. Which local shop is best equipped for muzzleloaders?
Hi there. I drew a tag for a muzzleloader deer hunt in San Luis Obispo county, central California. I just borrowed a traditions tracker 209 muzzleloader and I’m wondering about any fire danger from discharging the gun? I have an opportunity to hunt a private cattle ranch, mostly rolling grass hills/oaks/chaparral. It is not a place I want to burn down. But I’m wondering if there is any risk of a fire from shooting the muzzleloader? Or at least any more risk than shooting a standard rifle. Thanks
I just got a Thompson Center Impact and was wondering if I can shoot my Lee REAL bullets out of it accurately. I have a hawken that I shoot them through so I’m wondering if I can use the same bullets or if I need to shoot sabots through my inline. I already bought sabots if that is the case.
I was cruising through an online gun shop today (as one does when one is bored) and I came across their modern blackpowder muzzleloaders. That sent me down a rabbit hole of YouTube videos and previous posts here, but I didn’t really get a sense of how realistic it is to use a muzzleloader recreationally.
It looks like I could pick up a decent
CVA or Thompson Center Traditions Buckstalker that comes with a cheapo scope for around $300-$400 at Cabela’s, and I’m thinking if I’m really into it, I can pick up a Remington 700 or a more traditional Kentucky-style/flintlock later. I also like the idea of the antique status of the older stuff.
What are the realistic startup costs for this? I know I’ll need “ammo” including black powder, percussion caps, and wads, but what about specialty tools for measuring and storing individual loads, cleaning and maintenance, etc.? What is the complete setup I need, and is it going to cost me a couple hundred on top of the rifle, or am I going to be over $1000 to get started?
I think muzzleloaders are a great way to extend time at the range without firing a couple hundred bucks more in ammo each time. Plus, it’s a bigger challenge at closer ranges, and seems just plain cool.
Added bonus, special hunting seasons!
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If you had 10 rifle barrel blanks in 45 caliber and turned each into a smokeless muzzleloader (think Savage 10ML) and engineered a way to put each pre-muzzleloaded barrel blank into a powered rotating "gatling gun" fixture would it be a legal coyote setup? I'm thinking a loaded barrel magazine and an unloaded barrel magazine and a "headspaced" firing mechanism between the 2 magazines. Asking for myself.
New to all this world, looking to get into hunting. I've decided on a muzzleloader to extend the hunting season (also helps my Dad hunts muzzle loader). .
I've settler on the CVA Wolf, however, the cabela reviews suggest that the scope that comes with the kit isn't the greatest https://www.cabelas.ca/product/116273/cva-wolf-muzzleloader-with-3-9x32-scopegun-case-combo?CatId=2542
So I started looking around and found the Wolf on Londero Sport (https://www.londerosports.com/firearms/cva-wolf-50-muzzleloader) without a scope and some googling led me to pick the Vortex Crossfire II for the scope (https://www.londerosports.com/optics/vortex-crossfire-ii-3-9x40-deadhold-bdc-riflescope).
Does this make sense? Is there a better option for a scope? Any other thoughts/ideas?
I'm thinking about buying a CVA Optima, but I can only find the specific model I want online. Looking at the CVA retail box, it makes it very loud and clear that "HEY EVERYONE, GUN HERE!", Which is inconvenient for prying eyes of both the nosy and thieving variety. Deliveries are managed here, so signature required doesn't help (I'm not the one signing for packages)
Do you guys know if retailers like midway, buds or academy usually ship it directly in the retail box, or if they put it inside a plain box?
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Hey Reddit, I’ve been searching around in every hunting store on the island and I can’t find either a black powder kit for loading or any rounds for my rifle. I own a Traditions Buckstalker .50 cal and any help would be appreciated.
Very recently I came in possession of a CVA Stalker from 1991. The weapon it self is in decent shape, minor rust to the exterior, and some possible rust in the barrel. My intention is to restore the weapon LONG before I fire it, but seeing as this is my first muzzleloader I don’t know where to proceed from here. My issue is compounded by a distinct lack of information. I’ve gone so far as to call the parent company of CVA and ask if they had any manuals to which I was told no. So I turned to you guys, people who I can talk to who are more knowledgeable than I am. Thanks in advance!