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#6398987 - 08/08/16 12:58 PM First muzzleloader?
DancesWithSquirrels Offline
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Registered: 08/08/16
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Hello, I'm thinking of buying a Traditions Kentucky .50 Muzzleloader. I'm more into the traditional style muzzleloaders, as well as traditional archery. Would this be a good starting muzzleloader?
https://www.traditionsfirearms.com/product/Kentucky-.50-cal-percussion-select-hardwood-blued

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#6399040 - 08/08/16 01:41 PM Re: First muzzleloader? [Re: DancesWithSquirrels]
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Registered: 11/13/04
Posts: 4080
Loc: Texoma
That rifle is a popular choice and will serve you well. Just understand that with its barrel twist rate of 1/66 it will probably prefer patched roundballs to conicals. There is nothing wrong with that though.

Oh yeah, welcome to THF.
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#6399058 - 08/08/16 01:55 PM Re: First muzzleloader? [Re: DancesWithSquirrels]
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Registered: 10/25/04
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I believe several of the more traditional muzzleloaders are offered in the ultra slow twists, which are traditionally correct as well as a faster twist. My brother bought a hawken replica I did too he opted for the traditional twist, I chose the faster twist. His is pretty picky about what it shoots and shoots round balls the best. Mine shoots a variety of bullets well and does good enough with round ball to hunt with.
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#6399554 - 08/08/16 07:25 PM Re: First muzzleloader? [Re: DancesWithSquirrels]
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Registered: 02/25/09
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Loc: Burleson Texas
I shoot Powerbelts in all three of mine traditional and inline. Although I do not shoot past 100 yards.
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#6401137 - 08/09/16 07:38 PM Re: First muzzleloader? [Re: DancesWithSquirrels]
gemihur Offline
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Registered: 10/23/13
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My first was a CVA kentucky kit gun.
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#6401284 - 08/09/16 08:51 PM Re: First muzzleloader? [Re: DancesWithSquirrels]
colt.45 Offline
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Registered: 03/16/12
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welcome ta texasHF & the world of muzzleloaders... cheers got inta muzzy hunting back in the 70's with a Kentucky .45 taken deer & hogs... as pappy once said: Keep your head held high & your powder dry ... flag
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#6402865 - 08/10/16 07:40 PM Re: First muzzleloader? [Re: DancesWithSquirrels]
BIGDOG1956 Offline
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Registered: 10/26/09
Posts: 233
Personally I like the 1/48 for hunting. The shoot a 325 gr.mine well and group 1.5 / 1.0 at 100 yards

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#6402956 - 08/10/16 08:34 PM Re: First muzzleloader? [Re: DancesWithSquirrels]
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Registered: 12/05/06
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My first Hawkins was a CVA kit gun. Killed several deer with it before I sold it and went in line. More of an eye sight issue with iron sights vs the gun.
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#6408974 - 08/15/16 11:40 AM Re: First muzzleloader? [Re: DancesWithSquirrels]
redchevy Offline
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I have a 1:28 twist 54 cal hawkin replica. It has shot every conical/saboted bullet well that I have tried.
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#6410304 - 08/16/16 01:10 AM Re: First muzzleloader? [Re: DancesWithSquirrels]
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Registered: 09/27/06
Posts: 20285
Loc: Texas
Twist rate like has been mentioned will play a big roll in what your front stuffer will shoot well.

1:66 I have only seen shoot round balls well, the one I started with was a Kentucky kit in 45cal. Shot round balls well nothing else. Did kill deer though.

1:48 will shoot round balls and some conical well but not necessarily all well.

1:28 handles the conical and sabot handgun bullets very well, never have tried round balls in the 2 I now have in this twist

Good luck with what ever you choose
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