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Old 09-17-2018, 01:58 PM   #1
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My fall season

Unseasonably warm and dry muzzleloader season here in Colorado this year. So warm and dry I slept in my bag on my cot under the stairs on the continental divide! Saw some purty country, read an excellent book, and in the last half hour of the season managed to fill the doe tag I had!
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Old 09-17-2018, 02:03 PM   #2
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The Doe was by herself and dry. Exactly what I was looking for! Knight wolverine .54 caliber, 325 grain buffalo ballet's, 100 grains of pyrodex RS. Complete pass thru!
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Perfect timing.

Must'a been nice up there.
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Old 09-17-2018, 02:28 PM   #4
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Those pictures are breath taking and I'm sure for us flatlanders being there would be breath taking.

I have a Knight Wolverine in .50 caliber and it will hold 2" at 100 yards with 250 gr sabots over two 50 gr Pyrodex pellets and a 209 primer (I up graded it to 209's).

Congrats on the meat and what looks like a great hunt.
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I remember you mentioning that Terry. Sabots, pyrodex pellets, and scopes aren't allowed out here. I suspect that will gradually change as it is in many western states. Do I remember correctly in that you use a peep sight on that rig? I'm really leaning that direction if you've got any advice. TIA. It was nice junkie, little too warm, not much activity but first and last light. But it worked out in the end! The foot trail you see in one of the pics is the continental divide trail that runs from Canada to Mexico. The "clouds" you see in the sunset pic is smoke from the silver creek fire 20ish miles from where I was. We need the snow to start flying up there!

P.S. Do you see a big advantage in the 209 primer? Quicker ignition I'm guessing?

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Beautiful country. Congrats on a splendid time and successful hunt.
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I remember you mentioning that Terry. Sabots, pyrodex pellets,

P.S. Do you see a big advantage in the 209 primer? Quicker ignition I'm guessing?
You need 209 to get a good spark to burn the pyrodex pellets .
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I remember you mentioning that Terry. Sabots, pyrodex pellets, and scopes aren't allowed out here. I suspect that will gradually change as it is in many western states. Do I remember correctly in that you use a peep sight on that rig? I'm really leaning that direction if you've got any advice. TIA. It was nice junkie, little too warm, not much activity but first and last light. But it worked out in the end! The foot trail you see in one of the pics is the continental divide trail that runs from Canada to Mexico. The "clouds" you see in the sunset pic is smoke from the silver creek fire 20ish miles from where I was. We need the snow to start flying up there!

P.S. Do you see a big advantage in the 209 primer? Quicker ignition I'm guessing?
I have a scope on mine:

https://www.leupold.com/scopes/shotg...eslam-3-9x40mm

Looks like it is no longer made. It is ballistic ridicule and is probably better suited to your country than back east. I think the longest shot I have taken is 60-75 yards

The 209's are good for ignition but they can be too good if you use standard 209 primers. They are so strong they start the sabot before they ignite the powder and accuracy suffers. They make a special muzzleloader 209's that works much better for me as they aren't quite as hot so you get more consistent ignition before he sabot starts down the BBL. The ones I use are Winchesters and are painted black.

I tried other powder/pellets like the Triple 7's and loose Shockey Gold, but found the pyrodex give me better accuracy so that is what I use.

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Old 09-18-2018, 07:05 AM   #9
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Poor little Bambi........

Actually, I looked it up, and Bambi was a mule deer. Lots of people think he's a she, I guess because of the sissy name.....
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Poor little Bambi........

Actually, I looked it up, and Bambi was a mule deer. Lots of people think he's a she, I guess because of the sissy name.....
Lol! I dont think I've mentioned it on this board but I despise Walt Disney and Smokey the Bear, and the liberals who gleaned all their wildlife and forestry knowledge from them. They've done more to hurt our wildlife and wild places than anything in the history of mankind. 5 tags to go, next up, buck antelope!
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I have heard they aren't hard to hunt if you can reach out with your rifle. How is the meat?
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I like it. I find it more tender than elk. Some would beg to differ about the taste. She was skun quartered and on ice in under 30 minutes. I think that makes a difference with all wild game. The shot was on the edge of my comfort zone, 100yds. The shot was a long way from perfect but effective.
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I like Elk meat more than Whitetail. Sadly, I have only had it once.
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I like Elk meat more than Whitetail. Sadly, I have only had it once.
I killed more than I care to admit to publicly on my grandpa's farm in Minnesota growin up. Party hunting was legal back there and I filled plenty of tags in my hungry youth. I enjoyed corn fed whitetail along with the hogs we raised to butcher every fall. We had a smokehouse I suspect my grandad and dad built under the supervision of my great grandad that we'd smoke hog and whitetail sausage in every fall. That's a flavor I miss.....

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Old 09-19-2018, 09:45 AM   #15
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Shoulda started this thread with this. Opening morning in the Nebraska panhandle. 4 man limit in 3hrs plus a couple bonus eurasian doves that can be hunted year round without a bag limit.
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Since those Eurasian (Collared) Dove came in here about 10-15 years ago, they've run off most of the Mourning Dove, and I think all of the little Mexican (Ground) Dove.
I've had a couple of Wardens tell me to shoot all the Eurasians I can. They're not supposed to be here, and they would like'em eradicated. I've been shootin them in the back yard, but give'em a fightin chance by only takin head shots with my pellet gun. They're not bad eatin.
I have seen more White Wings this year than I have in probably 20 years, though.
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They're doin the same here. They're really thick around towns and homesteads. We got the same instructions, kill em all!

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Old 09-29-2018, 12:27 PM   #18
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Had to go all the way to Manitoba to shoot my first banded goose! Good mornin!
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Bout to head out the door to chase my favorite wild game meat, pronghorn! Put a decent buck and 15 does to bed last night, hopein they're where I left em. Private land so they should be unless the cattle bumped em. Sounds like the wind laid down, it was gustin 30+ yesterday.
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Good luck getting a decent buck.
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