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Thread: Flintlock Muzzleloaders in Canada

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    Hey Bushbaby, as you see, I've already checked out Ellwood Epps. I did take a look at Shooters Choice, but it appears that they don't sell online, or at least they don't have any stock, or prices, online.

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    Hey bdog; PM sent.

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    You'll see plenty of Flintlock muzzleloaders at the auctions, sometimes great deals.
    Do a search for upcoming gun auctions.

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    Thanks for the thought Mount Sweetness but here in Elliot Lake, we can't even buy underwear, nevermind muzzleloaders. I buy nearly everything online. :-)

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    As I mentioned before, I'm the kind of person who likes to do things myself, and I will be approaching the acquisition and learning curve involved in muzzleloaders the same way. I do, however, do as much research as possible, in order to get the information I need, for any particular interest that I choose. In my search for information on the use of muzzleloaders I came across, what I believe to be, a very well-done, and very informational, essay on the use and maintenance of flintlock muzzleloaders. This may have been posted here before, but I certainly think that it's worthy of posting again for anyone like me, who is just getting into muzzleloaders.

    http://www.geojohn.org/BlackPowder/M...Flintlock.html

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    ONLINE Auctions

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    Hmmm, online auctions you say? Well, I know about ebay, and I do buy a lot of stuff on there, but I don't think I've ever seen any other online auctions that would sell guns. Maybe I just have to look harder. :-)

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    I'll pm you some info

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    pm sent to you NaturalPath

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    I have migrated from modern muzzleloaders, to percussion black powder.....to a flintlock. I wanted to shoot traditional ball and patch loads....so I felt for larger Canadian game it would be best to go with a .54 cal. The ball is 230 grains versus 180 grains for a .50 cal. However, a .50 cal using a conical will do everything in Canada too. I purchased a Lyman Great Plains. There were some early issues with the gun (Frizzen spring broke right away)....the sights are terrible....I refinished the stock which came with the crappy antique finish Lyman uses. But now I am pleased with the gun. I shoot 100 grains of FFG, ball and patch, with a wad over the powder. I can get 2 - 2 1/2 inch groups at 50 yard.
    A few suggestions: only buy a used black powder gun from someone knowledgeable and experienced. If the bore was not seasoned properly or they left the gun dirty for a few days....the bore could be a mess and you won't know by looking down the barrel.
    A gun where the barrel can be removed from the stock.....makes cleaning (hot soapy water method) easy. I have a few muzzleloaders where the barrel is "pinned" to the stock so they cannot be removed easy.....I hate cleaning those guns!!!. Don't buy a black powder gun unless you like to spend time cleaning guns.....to properly clean a flintlock it takes me at least 45 minutes each. Alternative powders (such as 777, perodex,) does not work in these guns.....you need to get real black powder (FFG for the charge and FFFFG for the pan). Buy a range rod....I only use the ram rod which comes with the gun in the field if necessary. Most wooden ram rods are crap....and replacing them with a composite rod is a good idea. Buy the proper ball starter, jags, brushes, scrappers, etc.
    And finally....a warning....it is very addictive....have fun.

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