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Flintlock Squirrels

Anyone have any thoughts on squirrel hunting with a side lock muzzle loader? I am thinking of giving it a try this fall with a .32 caliber flintlock.

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from Smitty18 wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

I think you will really enjoy hunting with the flint. good luck and have fun!

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from charlie elk wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

You are right about that it is also quite different than a cap sidelock. A lot more light and felt like I was waiting for a fuse to burn and ignite the powder. Sometimes it didn't go bang which makes you really aware of any flinches you have.
I think shooting a flintlock will make you into a better shot with any firearm you use if for no other reason than you have to really focus in order to maintain your sight picture. Probably going to purchase myself a 36 for small game hunting this fall.
later,
charlie

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from Smitty18 wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

Shooting the flintlock is a much different experience than a centerfire. In my opinion, killing a deer with a flintlock is even more exciting than with a bow. I do have one word of advice if you plan on hunting with a flint. Take the barrel off and fire several pan loads. This conditions you to the flash and gets you quicker at recocking in case of misfire.
Smitty18

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from charlie elk wrote 2 years 46 weeks ago

Went to the range with a friend who has a .36 flintlock. That was the first time I shot a flint. Very different I liked it. Takes discipline to follow through on the shot. Very accurate 1" groups at 40yds.
He also told me about an under-hammer cap ML says he'll bring that next time. Sounds fun too.

later,
charlie

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from Smitty18 wrote 2 years 46 weeks ago

Well at least you knew how well you hit the bird :)
Killing a turkey with a flint has been a dream of mine since before i started going hunting with my dad, which was when i was 2 weeks old.
See ya later,
Smitty18

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from charlie elk wrote 2 years 46 weeks ago

Smitty I have been thinking about ML for turkeys. That would be a bigger challenge than a bow. Especially with all the wet weather we had this spring.
On a western turkey hunt I took a Merriam with my .54 sidelock which turned his head into pink mist.
later,
charlie

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from Smitty18 wrote 2 years 46 weeks ago

Charlie,
I love using my 50 cal flintlock and they are a TON of fun. If i had a smooth bore for shooting turkey shot i would hunt exclusivly with them. Only have to use the rifle one more year during rifle season, have to be 16 to hunt alone in pa and dad makes me take the centerfire.

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from charlie elk wrote 2 years 46 weeks ago

Thanks for your thoughts...
Download to 20 grains I will experiment with that this summer DirtyDave777.
I have never used a flintlock for hunting might have to look into getting one of those hanshi.
later,
charlie

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from hanshi wrote 3 years 1 week ago

I've hunted exclusively with flintlocks for several years, now. I hunt deer, squirrels and turkey and anything else I'm fortunate enough to have the opportunity to hunt. Talk about satisfaction! I also do as well as I ever did back when I used modern guns.

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from DirtyDave777 wrote 3 years 1 week ago

I use a Traditions Shenandoah .50 .
Patch RB and 20gr of xxx-gotex all the time on small game .
Deadly to about 30 yards ( mostly head shots).with very little damage. For close Squirrels mostly I Bark them.

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from Smitty18 wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

We did not download to shoot the squirrel just because we only had some speed loaders loaded with 90 grains of powder and a round ball. My dad hit the squirrel in the head at about 15 yards and it was a great addition to the rabbits I shot with my bow during a drive.

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from charlie elk wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

There is a bit of debate among squirrel hunters about which caliber is best .32 or .36. Some hunters claim the .36 destroys too much meat while others like the extra range. Some shoot round balls others say bullets only for accuracy.
I have loaded my .54 with 60 grains of powder using round balls in order to shoot rabbits with head shots and the meat was fine.
Did you download your 50 to shoot the squirrel?
later,
charlie

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from Smitty18 wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

I have not tried to shoot them with a .32 caliber but my dad shot one with a .50 caliber while we were deer hunting a couple years ago. I had already tagged out so I did not have my .50 or I would have tried to shoot it.

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from Smitty18 wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

I have not tried to shoot them with a .32 caliber but my dad shot one with a .50 caliber while we were deer hunting a couple years ago. I had already tagged out so I did not have my .50 or I would have tried to shoot it.

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from Smitty18 wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

We did not download to shoot the squirrel just because we only had some speed loaders loaded with 90 grains of powder and a round ball. My dad hit the squirrel in the head at about 15 yards and it was a great addition to the rabbits I shot with my bow during a drive.

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from charlie elk wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

There is a bit of debate among squirrel hunters about which caliber is best .32 or .36. Some hunters claim the .36 destroys too much meat while others like the extra range. Some shoot round balls others say bullets only for accuracy.
I have loaded my .54 with 60 grains of powder using round balls in order to shoot rabbits with head shots and the meat was fine.
Did you download your 50 to shoot the squirrel?
later,
charlie

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from DirtyDave777 wrote 3 years 1 week ago

I use a Traditions Shenandoah .50 .
Patch RB and 20gr of xxx-gotex all the time on small game .
Deadly to about 30 yards ( mostly head shots).with very little damage. For close Squirrels mostly I Bark them.

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from hanshi wrote 3 years 1 week ago

I've hunted exclusively with flintlocks for several years, now. I hunt deer, squirrels and turkey and anything else I'm fortunate enough to have the opportunity to hunt. Talk about satisfaction! I also do as well as I ever did back when I used modern guns.

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from charlie elk wrote 2 years 46 weeks ago

Smitty I have been thinking about ML for turkeys. That would be a bigger challenge than a bow. Especially with all the wet weather we had this spring.
On a western turkey hunt I took a Merriam with my .54 sidelock which turned his head into pink mist.
later,
charlie

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from charlie elk wrote 2 years 46 weeks ago

Thanks for your thoughts...
Download to 20 grains I will experiment with that this summer DirtyDave777.
I have never used a flintlock for hunting might have to look into getting one of those hanshi.
later,
charlie

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from Smitty18 wrote 2 years 46 weeks ago

Charlie,
I love using my 50 cal flintlock and they are a TON of fun. If i had a smooth bore for shooting turkey shot i would hunt exclusivly with them. Only have to use the rifle one more year during rifle season, have to be 16 to hunt alone in pa and dad makes me take the centerfire.

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from charlie elk wrote 2 years 46 weeks ago

Went to the range with a friend who has a .36 flintlock. That was the first time I shot a flint. Very different I liked it. Takes discipline to follow through on the shot. Very accurate 1" groups at 40yds.
He also told me about an under-hammer cap ML says he'll bring that next time. Sounds fun too.

later,
charlie

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from Smitty18 wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

Shooting the flintlock is a much different experience than a centerfire. In my opinion, killing a deer with a flintlock is even more exciting than with a bow. I do have one word of advice if you plan on hunting with a flint. Take the barrel off and fire several pan loads. This conditions you to the flash and gets you quicker at recocking in case of misfire.
Smitty18

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from charlie elk wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

You are right about that it is also quite different than a cap sidelock. A lot more light and felt like I was waiting for a fuse to burn and ignite the powder. Sometimes it didn't go bang which makes you really aware of any flinches you have.
I think shooting a flintlock will make you into a better shot with any firearm you use if for no other reason than you have to really focus in order to maintain your sight picture. Probably going to purchase myself a 36 for small game hunting this fall.
later,
charlie

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from Smitty18 wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

I think you will really enjoy hunting with the flint. good luck and have fun!

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from Smitty18 wrote 2 years 46 weeks ago

Well at least you knew how well you hit the bird :)
Killing a turkey with a flint has been a dream of mine since before i started going hunting with my dad, which was when i was 2 weeks old.
See ya later,
Smitty18

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