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Anyone Got Any Experience With Inline Muzzle Loade
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LH    Posted 10-21-2003 at 06:48:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thinking about investing in one for dear season and wondering if any of oyu all have any experience or reccomendations. Ive looked at Thompson Center, Knight, and Traditions brands and other than some major price differences I dont see a lot of difference.

RayP(MI)    Posted 10-22-2003 at 19:56:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Strongly suggest that whatever you get, that you choose a stainless barrel. All forms of black powder, pyrodex, etc. form corrosive acids when fired. This is why cleaning your muzzle loader asap after use is so important. This will be stressed in your owner's manual. Chrome steel or stainless, being more resistant to corrosion will help with this problem, but not eliminate the need for thorough cleaning. Best cleaning agent is water and detergent, applied liberally! Then dry and re-lubricate. Vegetable based lubricants are superior to petrolium based for black powder. Many use Crisco. I prefer TC's lubricant. Many will clean gun thoroughly, and then flood it with very hot water (even boiling) to speed drying. I perfer to relubricate while metal is still warm, so lube melts into rifling, and conditions, much like you would with a cast iron frying pan.

LH Thanks For The Input F    Posted 10-22-2003 at 12:09:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ive owned several sidelocks before and had pretty good luck. The reason I wanted an inline is they are supposed to be more weatherproof, and it never fails to rain or get nasty during our deer season. Im leaning heavily towards either the TC Black Diamond, Traditions Evolution, Or the Knight Wolverine 209

screaminghollow    Posted 10-22-2003 at 08:32:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am rock-knocker (flintlock) fan myself. An inline really doesn't offer much advantage over a standard side lock percussion gun. Just about any name brand is ok. There are some lower end and some higher end, Some have a little better fit and finish, but they all pretty much do the job. I never understood why folks use the inlines, they are basically a modern cartridge single shot bolt action rifle. Just that the barrel is part of the cartridge and you have to reload the cartridge after each shot.

RayP(MI)    Posted 10-22-2003 at 05:25:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
As a 4-H shooting sports instructor, I have some experience. I have a TC and have had very good luck with it. Son has a CVA, and same results. While the current fad is 209 shotgun primers, because they provide a hotter source of ignition, we have had little problems with #11, or musket caps. Sidelock rifles are a different matter, however, and we have had problems getting the fire "around the corner." Contrary to opinions, once the powder is ignited, projectile performance is the same. And with the new saboted bullets, or the even newer non-saboted bullets with the plastic collar, they pack a WHOLLOP! Suggest you check your state regulations before buying anything. If inlines are allowed, that would be first choice. TC, CVA, Knight are all good brands, and you probably can't go wrong with any. I would look at them all, and choose the one that fits your person best. Most give choice of ignition sources, and removable breech plugs, (an important cleaning feature.) The one I'm really looking to get my hands on is the one put out by New England Firearms. It is a muzzle loader built on a single shot-break action like a shotgun. Looks like the cat's meow to me. Can be fitted to your NEF action, or is available as complete unit. Price is competitive with others.

TimV    Posted 10-21-2003 at 18:18:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
LH: TC makes a good in-line (or pretty much anything else they set their mind to, for that matter), but the hot ticket lately has been the CVA. For an inexpensive gun ($150-200 depending on how fancy you want it) they will hold their own against most of the more expensive ones. I have several friends with Knights, and while they are a good gun, they're not enough better to justify paying double the price. By all means get the 209 (shotshell) primer setup, and buy good powder. Most people use the pellets, which are very convenient, and with 209 primers they will ignite 90+% of the time, which couldn't always be said for the older sidelocks. I still use a sidelock myself (CVA Plainsman, just like Salmoneye's, though I bought mine finished, not a kit) but I've been seriously thinking about an inline--maybe next year.

Ron,Ar    Posted 10-21-2003 at 14:57:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
That is the growing trend, TC makes good ones as does traditions but most seem to think that Knight is top dog in the inlines. Never shot one myself, but have shot and own several percussion cap versions

Old Dad    Posted 10-21-2003 at 17:23:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
How big tha differance is is how big YOU think it is.

ATW/WA    Posted 10-21-2003 at 14:46:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The only experience I've had with an inline was a friend of mine who was ticketed by the game dept. agent.

Obscure hunting regulations required an exposed firing mechanism( don't recall the exact wording) to qualify a firearm as blackpowder for hunting purposes.


Jim(MO)    Posted 10-21-2003 at 09:17:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
If there are any differences it's in the quality of the barrel. If used for occasional target shooting and deer season an inexpensive CVA is hard to beat.

Rickstir    Posted 10-21-2003 at 08:32:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
My brother uses a Thompson Center, loves it.

sHan in TN    Posted 10-21-2003 at 07:22:08       [Reply]  [No Email]

I dont have a inline but i got a sidelock and i love it. its a Frontier-Hunter made by Connecticut valley arms made in spain.and has been a good gun. i dont have the scope on it now its a Tasco Pronghorn 4x32 works good with this gun seams to hold true. good luck i think you will be happy with witchever you get...shan

Salmoneye    Posted 10-21-2003 at 07:14:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Knight was 'it' when inlines first came on the scene...They have since lost alot of their 'quality' IMHO...

I am partial to TC...I love just about anything they make...My wife has a caplock White Mountain Carbine in .50 Cal that I covet...

If I had my 'perfect' smokepole/pistol combo, it would be the TC Scout and Scout pistol, both in .50 cal...

If you go inline (and I am not convinced yet that they are a 'must-have'), get one that uses a 209 shotgun shell primer...

I still have my first muzzle-loader...It is a CVA Plainsman that came in a kit form...$69 unfinished...That sucker will shoot a round ball with 70 grains of ffg in a 4 inch circle at 100 yards...and do it all day long with open sights...More than enough for deer size game...

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