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Hi, its me again, and I am intersted in hunting deer with a Ml. My question is already in the subject line.

I would be pleased hearing a few tipps.

thanks.
 

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Thompson Center Arms and Lyman both make traditional muzzle loaders at reasonable cost. Personally, I like the Lyman Hawken. Be sure to get a possibles bag with proper cleaning equipment and all of the accessories. Also observe safety precautions and clean your rifle promptly after firing so it doesn't rust.

Good luck.

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Thx for your answers. I will start with an Lyman Hawken. But which caliber would be the better choice for deer? .50 or 54?
 

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I think 50 cal is traditional.

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Better choice for deer? Either will kill deer handily.
For your first a .50 would probably be best, as it's usually easier to find more of a variety for them.

BTW, pick up a copy of the Dixie Gun Works catalog.
 

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agent00 said:
Thx for your answers. I will start with an Lyman Hawken. But which caliber would be the better choice for deer? .50 or 54?
IMHO, you can't go wrong with a Lyman. They are the best commercially made black powder rifle out there.

I've killed deer with both calibers. I currently use a .54, but the deer don't seem to be able to tell the difference. Mainly I bought a .54 because I wanted to hunt bear.

For years I killed them with a .40 caliber.......either caliber you named will work just fine.
 

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Thx again for your answers. At first I will only hunt deer with my hawken but later, I would also be interested in hunting elk. Which caliber would be better for elk? .050 or .54?
 

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Again, either will do for Elk also, like with any other firearm, bullet placement and bullet design will have more of an effect on performance than just caliber. I'd probably pick a good, full-caliber bullet for large deer or elk over a round ball in either caliber. BUT, consider that every game animal at one time or another has fallen to patched round balls in .50 and .54 caliber.

Of course the .54 does make "mo' bigga hoes".
Heck, get the .50 now, and you can always use "I need it for Elk" as an excuse to buy the .54 later.

To me, the bigger the bore, the better, but .50s aren't exactly poodle shooters.
 

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ok thx again for the info I will report when I have got my hawken. I will order it tomorow. :cool:
 

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If I was in the market for a new one, I would opt for a Thompson Center .50 to start. Then I would have the option of buying a extra barrel from a company like Green River in .54 or 58 if I ever wanted to shoot a moose or an elk, or a .45 for smaller game, and have the same lock and stock that I'm already famaliar with. But thats just me.
 

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I bought a CVA Mountain Rifle, 4yrs ago delivered to my door for 75FRN, and loved it ever since. It is the black plastic stocked model in .54cal and I didn't need to make amy mods to be comfortable
 

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Chili Willi said:
If I was in the market for a new one, I would opt for a Thompson Center .50 to start. Then I would have the option of buying a extra barrel from a company like Green River in .54 or 58 if I ever wanted to shoot a moose or an elk, or a .45 for smaller game, and have the same lock and stock that I'm already famaliar with. But thats just me.
Green Mountain makes the same thing for the Lymans Chili.
 

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They do make switch barrels for the Lyman, but for what you pay for a great plains you might be able to by a thompson AND a .54 or .58. Then, if the big bore barrel didn't work out, you would probably have a better chance sellin it than a Lyman barrel as Thompsons are much more(I think) common. Either way, Both are quality rifles. I shoot a CVA mountain rifle and am very pleased with it. The CVA actually fits me better than the Lyman, or I'de probably find a excuse to have one. I like the longer barrel of the Lyman.
 
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