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Posted: December 30 2017 at 10:51pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Ok. Muzzleloader season begins the day after my birthday.
Jan 8 thru 21 is ML deer season in this county. For Xmas
my grandkids got me camo burlap and more camo clothes.
Combined with my own additional gear I'll have a great
groundblind built. My old kit built TC Hawken in .50 cal
will be ready. Been a faithful shooter for decades. With
any luck it'll work out ok. If not? Who cares? At least
I'll be off the pavement and in the deer pasture right?
And no stinkin' box!

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Posted: December 31 2017 at 1:24am | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

Hunting with a muzzle loader is fun. Kansas ha a good muzzle loader season, second half of September. Sometimes it's still pretty hot then, but I have shivered on stands during that season.

The bowhunters basically run this state on when seasons are. Not sure how their lobbying got so strong, and I'm not sure it's a bad thing, but virtually any move to try to hunt with any kind of firearm during, or close to the rut gets squashed. Muzzle loader hunters tried to get it in October at times and it gets crushed down when put to a vote. In fact, a few years ago, they lengthened the bow season to start the same time as muzzle loader, so far, it hasn't been a problem really.

Some people have wanted to move muzzle loader here to January, but January can really spank us temperature wise here, case in point, it's supposed to have a high of 7 degrees New Year's day.

I didn't know Texas had a muzzle loader season, but things are done a lot more by county there. Are you shooting patched round balls or conicals?

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Posted: December 31 2017 at 1:36am | IP Logged Quote M700

Wade, I haven't actually hunted with my muzzle loader in about 20 years! Enjoy!

I took a couple of mule deer with it back in the mid 1990's. Used a Thompson Center "White Mountain Carbine" which is kind of a short barreled version of the old "Renegade" model. Mine is a .50 cal, percussion. Used mostly 385 gr Hornady "Great Plains" hollow point lead bullets. Started out with regular black powder, then went to Pyrodex powder. It was a lot of fun, and very effective!

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Posted: December 31 2017 at 6:05am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Bow season is in October here. And often still quite
warm. 90°F plus temperature is not uncommon. That means
lots of bugs and worse.... SNAKES! No firearm on, or near
ya either. Even when a licensed peace officer. I had many
"snake moments" while bow hunting.
But me and my recurves, hand forged broadheads, and cedar
shafts have downed many a deer in the past. October here
is really pre-rut but the deer run the woods enough to
make good huntin out there. Used to bow hunt well into
rifle season too as I liked it. Drove my huntin buddies
nuts when I go out with a bow and they'd be up in stands
with rifles. Then later seeing me drag a gutted buck to
the road. Drove em nuts. Ha!

That small stroke a while back pretty much clobbered my
bow shooting days. Can't do the old push & pull thing
well and I can't keep the "hook" anymore to a full draw.
Shame too. I was once a top barebow recurve competitor in
the late 80's and early 90's. Oh well....

The old .50 cal is the one I built when assigned to the
PD armory ages ago. Browned barrel and such. The Lt. that
ran the armory and range had quite a day shooting it when
done. He later built one too. Though not my first BP
rifle, it is now my only one. Shoots good. I'm using
American Pioneer Powder 2F BP substitute and patched cast
round ball. APP powder needs no lube. It creates it's own
lube during firing. Looks like grey aquarium gravel and
meters poorly, but you can shoot all day at the range and
you don't ever need to clean your bore. Great stuff.
Pyrodex is horrible and über corrosive. Worse than BP! I
won't use it. Awful stuff. But with APP, I drop about
50gr in the bore. Elevate the bore, and pop a cap on the
loose powder thus pre-fouling the bore. Then I load a dry
[yes, dry] patched RB down atop the charge of APP. Cap
it, and I'm good to go. 2 1/2", 3 shot groups at 100m is
not uncommon, but 3" is about average. Good enough for
me.

It's been an unusual season here. Deer movement is off
according to my new grandson. He and his family has been
on that property since the 1850's and he's hunted it
since a boy, so he should know. Warm November. Late
winter arrival. Dryer than usual. And other things have
thrown off the deer behavior. He was apologetic about it.
I told him no worries. I never squawk about a no cost
hunt! Maybe now, with this artic blast putting us in the
"deep freeze" will be just the thing. Who knows?

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Posted: December 31 2017 at 3:41pm | IP Logged Quote Buffalogun

We have MLDR seasons down here in the Swamp. It comes and goes at differing times in various parts of the state and is different on public lands than on private properties.

The first deer I ever shot with a rifle was a young buck, taken with the Italian made .45 Kentucky rifle in the pic. That was nearly 40 yrs. ago. Taken with a TC Maxi-ball at about 30 yds. over a charge of BP.



Today it hangs on the wall with a reproduction Colt percussion revolver.

I have replaced it with a Lyman Deerstalker that I have rebarreled with a .50 Green Mountain Long Range Hunter barrel.

Because of antler restrictions I am now using a scoped TC Impact that is quite accurate.



Mike

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Posted: December 31 2017 at 5:13pm | IP Logged Quote RECURVE

Old Ranger have you made any selfbows?
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Posted: December 31 2017 at 5:19pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Yeah, they got this antler thing here now as well. Some
stuff about nothing under 13" spread on branched antlers
and yet spikes are fair game. Don't make a lick of sense
to me. I could care less about spread, points, and such
crap. I hunt meat not horn. Right eye's getting a ghost
ring to it and I can't see that good anymore. I'm not
gonna stick a scope on a muzzleloader anymore than on a
levergun! That's just plain out wrong either way! Like
dating your cousin Jim! Just ain't right!
And just how in the hell am I to measure antlers? Hop up
from my ground blind with a ruler and go check? I
smell liberal democrats stickin their noses where they
don't belong! Maybe they oughta go date their
cousins and leave us Texas rednecks alone!

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Posted: December 31 2017 at 5:24pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

RECURVE wrote:
Old Ranger have you made any selfbows?


Yes sir. Made glassed recurves, longbow, Lakota short
bows and dowelled out all my cedar shafts. Was fun
building em all.

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Posted: December 31 2017 at 5:54pm | IP Logged Quote STCM(SW)

I have a 50 caliber ML. Only for elk season for me.
Never saw so many hunters! The elk never showed up where I had the trail cam.
That was at the spot I had a trail cam where lighting struck the tree the camera was on!
Were talking about the Colville forest. Rather a large area.
Haven't hunted with the ML since.
Here when bow or ML hunting you can have a side arm for
protection. Bears and cougars are around.

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Posted: January 05 2018 at 2:54pm | IP Logged Quote hdwhit

My father-in-law stopped hunting with his muzzle loader when he turned 87. He gave up modern gun this year when he turned 90.

I guess all good things must come to an end.
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