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Frame Sabots, Silver Lightning Sabots, Barnes MZ Sabots, Harvester Sabertooth and Scorpion, as well as Precision Extremes HPBT, intrigue muzzleloading hunters. Plastic sabots do not like the deeper rifling found on roundball barrels. This is due to the exploding gasses bypassing the bullet by going around and through the deep grooves of a roundball barrel’s rifling. The inconsistent pressures generated by the by-passing gases lead to inaccuracy. That is why you need a shallow-grooved, fast twist rifling to shoot sabotted bullets effectively. Today, a plastic gas check is attached to the bullet’s base. This gives the advantages of sealing the blow-by of gases and ease of loading and accuracy of a lead bullet, while reducing the amount of plastic laminate on the lands of the rifling. Bullets such as the CVA PowerBelt, Copper Magnum Bullets, Harvester Saber Tooth and Black Belt Bullets have plastic gas checks at their base, but because they do not run a plastic bearing surface between the bullet and the bore, they are not considered sabots and are less prone to laminating the rifling. A thorough understanding of modern muzzleloading bullets would not be complete if it ignored bullet performance on deer-size game. Bullet performance is a result of several variables, namely velocity, mass and the ability to expand (mushroom). Slow velocity is no friend of muzzleloading bullets. Velocities below 900 feet per second are too slow for roundballs. Velocities below 1,200 feet per second for jacketed bullets are too slow for the bullet to generate enough energy to expand and penetrate. Because higher velocities are desirable, consider that they have a direct relationship to the amount of powder

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needed to accelerate the increased bullet weight. Why, then, did the jacketed bullet come into existence? When lead slugs were accelerated to velocities equal to roundballs, their increased velocities caused considerable lead-laminating in rifle bores. Any round that exceeded 2,000 feet per second caused excessive leading and accuracy suffered with succeeding shots. To remedy this, gunsmiths began to place lead cores in copper jackets. The copper didn’t affect the steel bore as much as other metals, but it did bring a new problem to the hunt. Copper jackets retard the mushrooming effect of lead diameters when they impact a deer. This results in a huge loss of shocking power that hunters expect from their bullets. The hydrostatic shock that roundball shooters expect from their typical hunting loads is reduced with jacketed bullets. Sure, there is an exit hole, but the animals don’t collapse from shock like they do from the faster roundball. The real culprit in jacketed bullet expansion is slow velocity. Heavier bullets travel slower than lighter bullets with the same powder charge. Recoil increases proportionately as shooters increase the powder charge to attain the velocities that jacketed bullets need to expand. Felt recoil becomes considerable. For recoil-shy hunters the soft push of a normal roundball load has an advantage in accurate shooting. But with the advent of slugs, recoil needs to be considered and addressed by stock designs and soft recoil pads. Fun with a flintlock is a result of three factors: One is the friendship shared in the woods with the exchange of knowledge and experience with others. Two is the comfort of understanding the rifle’s capability and knowledge of effective use of the powder and bullet choice. And third is that satisfaction that comes to those who share in a Pennsylvania heritage and transcends the many generations. So pass the flint and “spark” a new generation in the one-shot challenge.
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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Then and Now
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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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 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Crossings
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