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eleven ounces. Thompson/Center Contenders in 50caliber are more than adequate for whitetails. Thompson/Center Arms Co., Inc. (P.O. 5002, Rochester, NH 03866; 603332-2333; http://www.tcarms.com) markets a powerful single-shot — the Encore 209X50 Model. Available in 50-caliber only, this closed breech, break action inline percussion has a 15-inch blued barrel with adjustable rear sights and a front ramp sight. Twenty and a half inches in overall length, this black powder hand cannon weighs four pounds, six ounces. There are a few modern single-shot pistols equal to the task of deer hunting. All of them use the in-line percussion action and a 209 shotgun primer. To generate the higher bullet energies downrange, these pistols have employed stronger barrels and hand stocks that can absorb the recoil. They may not have the style and grace of the colonial sidearms, but they are serious hunting tools. The Kahnke/Denali Gun Works (MidWestern Outdoor Specialties, Inc., 902 E. 4th Street, Joplin, MO 64801; 800-6937455; www.mw-os.com) Model 82 in-line percussion is available in 10.5-, 12- and 14inch quick change barrels in .50 and .54. The barrel is drilled and tapped for scope mounts, and Millett adjustable sights are standard. What do all of these ballistic values really mean to a hunter? To put it into a modern context, compare the above muzzle energies to that of a .357 Magnum that generates about 1,400 fps muzzle velocity with a 125-grain jacketed hollow point bullet. It produces about 544 foot pounds of muzzle energy, which is just above the 500 foot pounds of energy necessary for whitetails in some states. A .44 Remington Magnum, which generates about 1,170 feet per second muzzle velocity with a 240-grain jacketed hollow point bullet, will produce about 730 foot pounds of energy. This is a highly effective handgun cartridge for whitetails. DECEMBER 2008 In comparison, all three calibers (.45, .50, .54) loaded with 80 grains of black powder and a ballistic underachiever, the roundball, compete very effectively against the big .44 Remington Magnum cartridge. The .54 percussion in-line muzzleloading handgun loaded with 80 grains of FFg and a 265-grain Hornady Sabot actually blows away the .44 Magnum in a head-to-head muzzle energies comparison. Another note of caution is needed: Recoil is heavy. If your pistol is capable of safely handling those loads necessary for deer hunting ballistics, you had better use two hands. Shooting from a rest is also a good idea as it will steady the short sighting plane that exists between the rear and front sights, even on the longest of pistol barrels, which are under 16 inches. Sighting In Pistols, especially black powder singleshots and revolvers, have never been highly regarded for long range accuracy. In fact, in the hands of the average shooter, pistols sometimes are troublesome at best in hitting anything more than 25 yards away. The number one problem in shooting a pistol is the same thing that makes them an attractive sidearm, they are short and easy to carry. Short barrels, though, reduce the sighting plane — the distance from the rear sight to the front sight — and this translates into wobble. Wobbling front sights are accentuated by shooters extending their arm and shooting with a one-hand hold. Two hands are steadier than one, but a rest is better than either the one-hand or two. If you are going to attempt accurate sight-in shots, get a solid rest. There are several pistol vise products on the market that anchor the pistol to the bench. A more down-home and economical vise can be made from a heavy cardboard box with two V-cuts across one corner. Be careful of revolvers, as high pressure gases are vented at 90-degrees to the face of the cylinder when a shot is fired, 59
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008

Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008
Life & Times of the Whitetail
Contents
A Deer Season to Remember
10-Point
Blood and Dishonor
The Royal Straight Flush
2007-08 Small Game and Furbearer Harvests
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Annual Index
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Life & Times of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - A Deer Season to Remember
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 10-Point
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Blood and Dishonor
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - The Royal Straight Flush
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 2007-08 Small Game and Furbearer Harvests
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 48
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Annual Index
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2008 - Cover3
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