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Old 01-09-2015, 09:19 AM   #1
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Well, I have managed to get a couple deer with my flintlock rifle - it is a custom Pennsylvania style 50 cal (actually 49 cal) with a swamped barrel and nice maple wood - I got the gun in 2010 and have killed 4 deer with it (nothing in 2012 or 2013) and I have been happy with it - not the first flinter I have owned and it is a tack driver - accounted for two gobbler's at 60 and 62 yds about a minute apart (the time it took me to reload) back in 2010 - has won me a bunch of plunder at shoots and hopefully someday I will get to bag an elk again with a flinter.

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A target - I shot last summer 50 yds off hand - as I was working up my current hunting load - 5 shots shoot-n-C 6" bull target



One of the deer I got this year - high spine shot - complete pass through DRT



Two turkeys I shot with it



My 62 cal smoothbore built in 2007



Button buck I shot with my smoothbore 75 yds complete pass through ran about 40 yds



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Old 01-09-2015, 04:56 PM   #2
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Thats a sweet rifle.

Ive got a lyman great plains caplock 54cal.


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Hickam, you were just born 300 years too late !!!

You would have loved the 1700's !!!

Nice photos.

Nice costume.

Nice gun.

We have archers in my archery club who like to dress up with their longbow's too. They were born 1000 years too late !!!

So it's not just you.

Also reminds me that it was your flintlock and a lot of patriot blood that restored democracy to the world after a 2000 year hiatus since ancient Athens.

If I could live in a different era, it would be that of the 1873 Winchester Repeating Rifle (actually it was a carbine) and the Colt Single Action 44-40 Army revolver.

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I have an old Thompson Center Hawken in 50. I have not hunted with it. But I might someday. It is old enough that it does not have the "Black Powder Only" warning on it.
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great gun.. the deer look so small. .. so i assume you also re-anact? i used to. maybe i'll get back to it.
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Yep, deer are small here in central Texas - wish it weren't so - used to shooting big muleys and white tails in Pacific NW and Montana - but I came down here in 2006 and will take what I can get until I can get back home

This is the buck I shot in 2010 - first decent sized buck with my flint lock rifle since I left WA/MT


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great gun.. the deer look so small. .. so i assume you also re-anact? i used to. maybe i'll get back to it.

I am a member of the American Long Rifle Association a group of hard core colonial reenactors from across the US for about 25 yrs now

I am also a "Pilgrim" (probationary member) of the American Mountain Men and will be a "Bossloper" (full fledged member) by summer if nothing strange happens
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That 3x4 is a beautiful whitetail.

For me, back to basics means a recurve bow and broadhead arrows.

I mostly use the bow season for scouting though.

Once however I actually got a small 3x3 with the bow.

Then afterwards I regretted taking him because he only weighed 95 lbs.

But I can say that I did it with a bow.



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