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BLACK POWDER is a simple mixture of carbon, sulfer and salt peter that ignites at only 480 degrees Fahrenheit.

deer hunters. “Powder, patch and ball will tell all” was a popular saying instilled in young minds of the 18th century. Young hunters need the rest of the story, though. Black powder is a simple mixture of carbon, sulfur and salt peter that ignites at only 480 degrees Fahrenheit. For this reason alone it demands respect. Powder storage, handling and shooting is a serious business that doesn’t allow for mistakes. The basics for safe handling of flintlocks include reading and following the manufacturer’s recommendations for loading and shooting. Read the little booklet that came with the flintlock, and if you lost it, the manufacturer will gladly supply another. If you have never handled a flintlock rifle before, seek qualified guidance and instruction. The National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association (www.nmlra.org) has field reps throughout the state who can connect you with clubs for learning the basics. The Pennsylvania Federation of Black Powder Shooters sponsor shoots and a “Cap and Flint” newsletter that can connect newcomers with folks in their areas. Muzzleloading rifles, sights, powders and bullets have changed quite a bit since that first Pennsylvania season, but that doesn’t mean those rifles are less effective than the newer, highly marketed and advertised guns. Centerfire, in-line ignition, optical and electronic scopes, plastic stocks, pellets, plastic-based and sabotted bullets, and other improvements have been marketed to improve the hunters’ chances. Many of these improvements have found permanent homes in this state, particularly in the October season, but of an historic 200,000-plus muzzleloading deer hunters who purchased a stamp, more than 100,000 still cling to their heritage and
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hunt with a flintlock. Tradition Traditionalists love the flintlock because of the challenge and the fun that the many variables of the system generate. It is slower to fire than other systems, but it’s an ultimate challenge to take a deer with the same technology that our colonial ancestors used. The deep satisfaction of taking a deer with a flintlock yields a reward and bragging right that no other hunting tool can surpass. As many new flintlock owners eventually recognize, the secret to success lies in matching the type of powder and bullet that works best in the type of rifling carved into the bore of the barrel. If you already own, or are planning to purchase a flintlock, consider the numbers stamped on the barrel before you buy powder and lead. Slow rates of deeply cut rifling like the 1:66 (one turn of the bullet in 66 inches of barrel) found on the Thompson/ Center Pennsylvania Hunter (8 grooves cut 0.010-inch into the bore) is ideal for shooting a patched roundball. This imparts the right bullet rotation when these orbs of lead speed along at close to 2,000 feet per second. This could be compared to a fastball thrown by a baseball player: If the ball is spun too fast, it turns into a curve ball. Flintlocks, such as the Lyman Deerstalker and T/C Hawken, have a 1:48 rate of rifling. This is acceptable for roundballs,
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013

Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013
Contents
PGC 2011-12 Annual Report
Late Season Grouse
Then and Now
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - PGC 2011-12 Annual Report
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Late Season Grouse
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Then and Now
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 42
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Crossings
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