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energy inside the whitetail, not punching through both sides of the animal and dumping their energy into the hillside. There are some flintlock rifle makers who put faster rifling into their barrels so hunters can shoot sabotted bullets accurately. Check the rate of rifling; it should be stamped on the barrel, around 1:28. Remember that the jacketed slug of lead of a sabotted bullet needs to strike the animal at a minimum of 1,200 feet per second so that the copper jacket peels back to create the shock from this mushrooming effect. Roundballs of soft lead only need to strike whitetails at 900 feet per second for this same effect. Cleaning Is Vital To Accuracy “Cleanliness is next to godliness.” Cleaning the black, slimy fouling is a necessary evil in muzzleloading. The carbon and sulfur in the black powder mixture create a sticky, gooey, black mess in your flash pan as well as in the bore. Ignore fouling and it will cost you a deer. In time, the accuracy and lifespan of your barrel will decrease significantly. Get into the habit of running a moistened (saliva works great) patch down the barrel after each shot. Water is a polar solvent and will dissolve any of the carbon, sulfur and salts left behind after combus- tion. It also will suffocate any glowing embers of carbon that could ignite the next load of powder, and it pushes the fouling down to the breach so that the next flight of the ball/bullet is as consistent as the first. If you don’t do this, the rifle becomes increasingly impossible to seat the bullet and changes the point of impact. In a word: inaccuracy. Do not worry about disassembling the rifle for thorough cleaning until you finish shooting for the day, but if you take a shot at a deer, reload and continue hunting, you do need to empty that load by the end of the day and thoroughly clean. While many hunters legally fire the round into soft ground or tree stump, I fear ricochets in cold weather. A much better idea is to purchase a carbon dioxide discharger that screws tightly to the touch hole. This allows the pressure of the CO2 to gently push the patched ball or sabotted bullet out of the bore. If you have good biceps, you can also unload a flintlock by attaching a screw tip to your ramrod and turn it into the lead ball and pull. This takes a little strength, but a squirt of lube will lesson the friction between the patch and the rifling. Unfortunately, this method does not work well, or at all, with pointed, sabotted bullets. Safe Storage for Muzzleloaders “Can I leave my flintlock loaded until next year?” This statement is often bantered about at deer camps, but talk about a loaded question. Without a doubt, there is a safety issue here. Loaded guns are primed for accidental discharge (pardon the pun), but there is more to the story. Any muzzleloader that is THE GUN clicked, sparks flew, flames blew out the side, but the flintlock wouldn’t fire. Replica powders are best used in inlines, not flintlocks. GAME NEWS

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010

Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
A Chocolate-Covered Cream-Filled . . . Gobbler
The Close Call
Silent Whispers
The Shot Not Taken
Eastern Coyote
A Grandparents’ Pride, A Grandson’s Gift
In the Company of Children
A Jake for Ben
Early Bear Management
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Fun Game
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Chocolate-Covered Cream-Filled . . . Gobbler
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Close Call
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Silent Whispers
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Shot Not Taken
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Eastern Coyote
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Grandparents’ Pride, A Grandson’s Gift
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - In the Company of Children
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Jake for Ben
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Early Bear Management
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 48
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Crossings
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