Pennsylvania Game News - February 2014 - 60

Tuning Hi-Tech Inlines

If you join the 209 primer inline muzzleloader crowd, you
must practice and be aware of details that make it shoot.

Lock, Stock & Barrel
By Dave Ehrig

R

EGARDLESS of whether you
are toting an old Pennsylvania
long-rifle flintlock or a high-tech
Bone Collector Triumph, Accura V2,
or Vortek StrikerFire, you need to pay
attention to the little things to make
that muzzleloader a true "game getter."
Accuracy, not looks, is what brings
home the game. Accuracy also is the
end result of consistency in taking
care of the lock, stock and barrel.
Many of the new high-tech inlines
use synthetic stocks with free-floating
barrels. This concept is borrowed
from modern centerfire companies,
but it does work. What you need to
understand is that the tension that

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you put on the forearm anchoring
bolt must be the same each time or it
will affect the barrel-whip harmonics
and change the point of bullet
impact. Place a tiny witness mark on
the forearm to line up the slot of the
bolt and you will be in good shape.
Many hunters are now attaching bipods
to their rifles. Again, this will affect
the barrel harmonics and change the
point of impact. So, sight in with a
bi-pod attached to the forearm if you
plan to use one.
Primitive percussion rifles ignite
their main powder charge in less than
half the time that it takes a flintlock
to do the same. The percussion cap
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