I am in the market for a reasonable black powder gun 50. caliber and was looking for some ideas on what to buy and what not. Iam new to this type of hunting but would like to learn more, Any suggestions or experiences would be great!
I have used a CVA Hunterbolt for the last 5 years. Works great for me and they now offer it with two barrels (45 and 50 cal). I bought one for my hunting buddy for christmas. It was $142 delivered from Cabelas. Hope this helps.
I have been hunting black powder for years. Thompson Center 50cal hawken, flint lock and the Rem 700ml. I hunt with a scoped Rem 700 now with no problems. 4 years. A friend just bought the T/C Omega and it is awsome. Primer pops in and out, it is light weight and shoots great. No fuss with bolt or disc. I would opt for one of those models if I were in the market. One gun for one season. No need for multable barrels. A few extra bucks will be well worth it. Let us know what you decide.
I have a Traditions evolution .54 and CVA .50. Love'm both and dead on at 100y. Their are alot of good quality ML's on the market under $250. It all depends on what ya want. Inline, sidelock, underhammer, flintlock. Old school or state of the art. The choices are almost endless. What do you plan to hunt. If deer only then a .45 will work. My buddy has killed alot of deer with his .45 underhammer with 75g of powder and patch'n ball.
I saw an interesting article about the new savage that shows 100yd groups anywhere from about 1 1/2" to 5" depending on the load and bullet. I will find it and print the ballistics summary for you.
Buy a Knight or a Thompson.
There have been some issues recently posted concerning the Remington ML.
I have a Knight that is 10 years old, it's one of the originals in their inline line and it will drive nails with a 245 gr Hornady sbaot and 100 gr. load. I will never switch form Knight.
A frined of mine was just at BPS shoppining for a new one and the guys there told them that Knight and T/C wil authorize BPS to swap out guns rather than companies like CVA who require you to send them back to the factory. Says alot. Don't know about Remington or Savage.
Speck, I bought my son a USA Knight for his birthday 150.oo w/3x9 scope [email protected] Dance's Sporting Goods in Colonial Heights. I've had one of my own for 8yrs and killed plenty. You can spend more but you don't have to.
Once you buy the gun there is a ton of stuff that you will need; like, triple7 powder, bullets, ball starter, capper,patches, bore cleaner, Range rod, cleaning kit, a bag to keep it all in, etc. You can blow 100 on this stuff alone.
Basically all the guns on the market will kill a deer, you just have to find one that suits you and then plan to shoot it plenty. Thats not that hard because they are fun.
If you or any one else for that matter, is interrested in a traditional style muzzyloader I have the following.
Thompson Center Pennsylvania Hunter caplock .50 cal 1/66" twist for patched round ball or ballet style bullets. (new in box & papers)
Will include all new accessories you need to get started shooting & cleaning no need to get anything else!
Send bmail..... If your after the lastest in muzzy's hard to beat Thompson Center - Knight. Whatever you decide alot of fun shooting and learning ahead.
I have a Thompson Firehawk. Its probably 10 years old. Its awesome. It comes up nice, shoots great groups, and is just a well made gun. I don't know if they make the Firehawk any longer, but I'm sure that they make something at least as good.