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highlands hunter...
Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 3:19 pm
 
Does anyone out there use a .36 caliber muzzleloader for hunting
deer? If so, what is the effective range of this gun?

Thanks,

Scott
 
Steve at (no spam) OutdoorFrontiers.com...
Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 7:32 pm
 
"highlands hunter" <highlands_hunter at (no spam) ROGERS.COM> wrote in message <SNIP>

Thanks! I'm a blackpowder newbie and figured I'd better ask a dumb
question so I don't make a dumb mistake.

No worries my friend, it's better to ask first than spend the money and find
out you've made the wrong choice.

If I were you, I'd get a .50 caliber muzzleloader. Whether it's an inline
or a traditional percussion cap is your decision, but a .36 caliber is a
specialty rifle and loading components aren't always easy to find. However,
...50 caliber equipment and components are readily available just about
everywhere.
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highlands hunter...
Posted: Fri May 01, 2009 1:35 pm
 
On Apr 24, 9:32 pm, "Steve at (no spam) OutdoorFrontiers.com" <go-
fish... at (no spam) charter.net> wrote:
Quote:
"highlands hunter" <highlands_hun... at (no spam) ROGERS.COM> wrote in message <SNIP

Thanks! I'm a blackpowder newbie and figured I'd better ask a dumb
question so I don't make a dumb mistake.

No worries my friend, it's better to ask first than spend the money and find
out you've made the wrong choice.

If I were you, I'd get a .50 caliber muzzleloader.  Whether it's an inline
or a traditional percussion cap is your decision, but a .36 caliber is a
specialty rifle and loading components aren't always easy to find.  However,
..50 caliber equipment and components are readily available just about
everywhere.
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G & S Guide Servicehttp://www.herefishyfishy.com


More good advice. Thanks again!
 
Larry Caldwell...
Posted: Fri May 01, 2009 11:25 pm
 
In article <Qh1Il.48353$Ji5.28997 at (no spam) newsfe21.iad>, go-fishing at (no spam) charter.net
(Steve at (no spam) OutdoorFrontiers.com) says...

Quote:
I wouldn't use a .36 cal muzzleloader for any kind of whitetail hunting.
While it may, with a properly placed shot kill a deer within 50 yards, it's
certainly not an appropriate firearm for medium size game. The .36 cal. was
traditionally a pistol round and a "squirrel gun," and is more thought of as
a small game rifle. It would be akin to shooting deer with a .410 shotgun
slug. Yes, it can be done, but it is appropriate to do so?

It all depends on how long the barrel is. Muzzle loaders were large
bore until the invention of the Long Rifle in the 1700s. With a barrel
twice the length of a musket, it could spit a .36 caliber bullet fast
enough to make it a usable hunting rifle. It also had a much longer
effective range than other rifles of the day. If a tall man has to
reach up to load it, a medium bore muzzle loader can be an effective
hunting rifle, particularly if you load it with a 19th century Minie
ball instead of a round ball.

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Del...
Posted: Fri May 08, 2009 5:54 am
 
On Apr 22, 5:19 pm, highlands hunter <highlands_hun... at (no spam) ROGERS.COM>
wrote:
Quote:
Does anyone out there use a .36 caliber muzzleloader for hunting
deer?  If so, what is the effective range of this gun?

Thanks,

Scott

Im sure thousands of deer fell to the .36's over the years.
If you can hit a squirrel at 30yds, you can hit a deer head or heart
at the same distance.
I may be fostering romantic notions, but I cant help but think my
forefathers KNEW their guns, and KNEW how to
take meat for the table. Because their lives depended on it.
I do know that in the poor rural south, your typical sharecropper
didnt have a cabinet with 3 deer rifles, turkey gun, dove gun, quail
gun, squirrel rifle, assault rifle, target rifle, etc. He most likely
had 'A' gun, and learned to provide for his family with it.

Ive killed many deer myself with one pellet of 00 or 000 buck. Many
times several shot were in the animal, but it was obvious that only
one was fatal (some in haunch or lower leg, etc.). Others I looked
the entire skinned surface over, and could only find one buckshot
hole.
My very very first deer was a doe, I shot with one 2 3/4" 00 buckshot
at about 25yds, from a single shot stevens 12ga.
She crumpled on the spot with exactly one buckshot pellet in the head.
(I was aiming at the shoulder).
One 00 or 000 pellet would probably be less powerful than a typical .
36 cal rifle, depending on barrel length and powder charge.

All the above said, I shoot a .45 black powder, and wouldn't choose to
go below that personally.
Also you may have laws that dictate what you can hunt with.

Del
 
 
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