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Potential BP hunter needs help

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by dshimm, Oct 10, 2003.

  1. dshimm

    dshimm New Member

    Jun 4, 2003
    I am interested in getting into BP deer hunting here in WV. I would like to get a sidelock, most likely percussion ignition, .54 caliber, slow twist for round ball. I have reviewed a number of websites, and I am overwhelmed by the number of different manufacturers, and the number of models available. Can anybody advise me, or send me to a website where I can find some advice?
  2. Dave Markowitz

    Dave Markowitz Mentor

    Dec 24, 2002
    Plymouth Meeting, PA
    Sounds like you need a Lyman Great Plains Rifle in .54. I had the flinter version and it was quite accurate. It has a roundball twist.

    I shot mine with a .530 ball, pillow ticking for patches, and Bore Butter for lube. Use FFg (2Fg) powder with a starting load of 70 or 80 grains and work up.

    (I traded it because I was less than thrilled with the ignition reliability of Lyman flintlocks. I don't care for their patent breeches on flinters. They work GREAT on caplock rifles, though.)
  3. smokemaker

    smokemaker Active Member

    Sep 21, 2003
    Western NY...yes, The Peoples Republic of New York
    I have to agree with the GPR suggestion. 54 caliber is a great choice too. Good balance of velocity and energy. Mine is a real shooter out to 100 yards, though in the NY woods, a 40 yarder is a plenty long shot. I shoot 110 grains of pyrodex RS with a .530 ball and a ox-lube pre lubed .015 patch... goes were you point it every time. Cap lock is a must in GPR's, and even then mine has whiffed a few times in moist weather, but any sidelock is going to be moisture sensative. (That's why I use an Omega in .50 for crappy weather days)

    "Keep working, millions on welfare depend on you"
  4. redneck

    redneck Participating Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    I can vouch for the .54 GPR in a caplock :)
    I built one from a kit last winter, and even with my terrible skills shooting it I can keep it on target, and make it go bang semi reliably :D

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