I have 2 .50 Caliber rifles I’ve used for hunting. I started with a traditional Hawkins cap & ball with the hammer and moved quickly into a Knight inline. My Hawkins Cougar is hanging on the wall.
The cap & ball uses a #11 percussion cap primer on the nipple above the charge in the barrel to ignite the powder. The inline uses 209 shotgun primers inserted in a hard plastic disc and is loaded using a standard bolt action that encloses the loaded DISC tightly behind the charge in the barrel. We take deer up to 300 yards consistently using 3 pellets of White Hot powder with Hornady 300 grain SST bullets.
We also have 2 .44 caliber 1858 Remington revolvers. These are fun guns. I can also use them to slow down the family when the plinking gets out of hand. My kids can go through more than a few cases of 223/5.56 in a few hours. Same with 22’s shooting spinners. We shoot a lot out here and black powder revolvers slow everything down if I start getting nervous about how deep they’re going into our ammo storage. We keep enough Hornady ball, Hodgdon pyrodex and #10 percussion caps for 2,000 shots on hand for the revolvers. I have maybe enough supplies for 25-30 rifle loads. Rifles are used for muzzle-loading deer season and we don’t plink with them.
I would recommend going to Cabelas or Bass Pro Shops and picking up a black powder revolver with a small tackle box to store all the stuff you will need to shoot them. You will easily spend $400-$600 getting setup depending on how much ball & powder you want. You will need spare nipples, nipple wrenches, nipple cleaning wire tool, powder measures, powder flask, spare cylinders, barrel cleaning brushes, Pyrodex powder, ball ammo, #10 percussion caps, lubed wads to put on top of loose powder, and cylinder loading stands are nice to have. If you go with the .44 caliber revolver the ball size should be .457 or they may not stay snug on top of the charge. .451 doesn’t fit tight enough in either of my revolvers and the ball will not stay seated on the powder. One revolver is a Pietta and one is an Uberti and I have 6 spare cylinders, the .451 ball wont seat safely in any of them.
For a serious muzzle loading hunting rifle I would go with an inline Knight. Rifle, scope and all the stuff around $1500 easily to setup. We are shooting under 1/2″ MOA with these rifles at 100 yards.
Good luck out there.
Here are some info links….
https://www.knightrifles.com/product-ca … leloaders/
Statistics: Posted by RockinB — Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:38 am