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#173415 - 09/27/16 12:54 AM Who uses a muzzleloader/BP pistol for hunting?
TN Lone Wolf
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After shooting my CVA Optima and realizing how viable of a hunting handgun it is, especially for a muzzleloader pistol, I began to wonder how many others on this site use or have used a muzzleloading/black powder handgun for hunting. If you have used one, what kind of handgun was it, and how well did it perform?
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#173417 - 09/27/16 02:25 AM Re: Who uses a muzzleloader/BP pistol for hunting? [Re: TN Lone Wolf]
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So far I've only used my .54 cal Lyman Plains Pistol on small game (cottontails and grouse). The Fall 2004 issue of Handgun Hunter Magazine had a good article titled Black Powder Fire, Fury and Fun in it. It covered both small and big game hunting with muzzleloading handguns. Its worth reading if you can get a copy.
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#173418 - 09/27/16 05:02 AM Re: Who uses a muzzleloader/BP pistol for hunting? [Re: pab1]
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I have the same gun you do and took three whitetails with it last year. I was shooting two 50 gr pyrodex pellets over a sabated 240 xtp hp. I had a 2x Traditions pistol scope on it last year. I now have a 2.5 x 8 Weaver on it. I am now working with two white hot pellets with the same bullet.
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#173421 - 09/27/16 07:25 AM Re: Who uses a muzzleloader/BP pistol for hunting? [Re: REDHAWK1954]
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I'm looking at having a custom pistol made to match my rifle. Haven't ever used a BP pistol, but it's in the works!!
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#173431 - 09/27/16 10:44 AM Re: Who uses a muzzleloader/BP pistol for hunting? [Re: Raptortrapper]
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I hav an Optima have taken several deer with it. Powerbelt bullet over 777. Great gun very accurate.
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#173434 - 09/27/16 02:27 PM Re: Who uses a muzzleloader/BP pistol for hunting? [Re: Ramjet-SS]
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I have a kahnke .54 that is super accurate.
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#173443 - 09/27/16 10:46 PM Re: Who uses a muzzleloader/BP pistol for hunting? [Re: reflex264]
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I have a factory 15 inch 209x50 TC Encore. I use 100 grains of loose 777 powder, 300 grain 45 caliber saboted bullet, and 777 209 primer.
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#173456 - 09/28/16 03:03 PM Re: Who uses a muzzleloader/BP pistol for hunting? [Re: Okie Hunter]
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Don't have one yet, but I've bee following quite a few people that have gone down that road. I see myself doing it at sometime. Other things take priority at the moment.

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#173464 - 09/29/16 01:37 AM Re: Who uses a muzzleloader/BP pistol for hunting? [Re: TN Lone Wolf]
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This is my 2016 bull. Please read my story; it is now available in Member Articles.

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#173485 - 09/29/16 10:54 AM Re: Who uses a muzzleloader/BP pistol for hunting? [Re: Gregg Richter]
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Damn fine specimen, Gregg!
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