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HORNETS create large, gray, paper-like nests that make ideal muzzleloading shotgun wadding. 300 feet per second slower than modern steel shot loads. This is the reason why muzzleloading hunters should choose shot sizes at least one size larger. By relying on mass to transfer energy rather than velocity, muzzleloaders are only handicapped by the couple of pellets fewer than their modern counterparts. And don’t worry about lead time on upland game and waterfowl, simply swing through the target and pull the trigger. The resulting flop of the game bird to the weeds or water will be even more satisfying than when you used to hunt with a modern shotgun. While black powder needs to be “asked for,” because it is stored in powder magazines away from the store shelves, don’t let an unknowledgeable clerk talk you into FFFg or, worse, FFFFg granulation. The finer sizes of black powder ignite like kindling in a wood fire and create unpredictable pressures in a shotgun. Ask for FFg or Fg, because the larger size of the granules burn at a slower rate and give a more desirable push to the shot train. There are several brands available, from GOEX, Schuetzen, Swiss, KIK and others. While some hunters may have preferences, I have found them all to work well. I like to use shotgun speed shells for my loads, particularly when I’m on a hunt that Fun Game answers: C, C, D, D, C, D, D, C, D has yellow flowers — C and D requires faster reloading. On pheasant hunts, friends become annoyed when the drive needs to halt so that the muzzleloader guy can do his thing. But speed shells, like the “Magnum Load” tubes from Blue and Gray Products, will hold up to a 100-grain volume of both powder and shot. Each chamber isolates the load and by popping a cap, dumping, reversing the tube and repeating, the only hold-up in the loading process is the search for over powder and over shot cards. Old 35mm film containers work well for storing these. While hornet’s nest works great, cushion wads come in a close second. The beauty of the cushion wads is their ability to hold lube and absorb some of the acceleration of the exploding powder so that the shot isn’t compressed out of its round shape. As for the lube, anything that softens the fouling of the previous shot works, and I know some of the guys at the National Championships in Friendship, Indiana, use dish detergent. Circle Fly’s Shotgun Wads have been a staple supply for muzzleloading shotgunners for years. Now they are even available in a “pre-conditioned” form that contains a lubricant for easier loading. Wonder Wads also produces a 100 percent wool fabric that has a dry lubricant impregnated into the felt that tightly seals the exploding gases. If you have trouble finding either of these at your local gunshop, Dixie Gun Works (www.dixiegunworks.com) is a good mailorder source of supply. Once the powder is sealed from the shot, the question becomes one of: “to seal or not to seal” the shot. My experience is that lead shot does just fine in a muzzleloading shotgun with the protection of a plastic shot cup. But, if you are loading steel or Hevi-Shot, you now need to protect the inside of the barrels from abrasion. Also, plastic shot cups not only protect the bore, they also add about a five percent improveGAME NEWS 62
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009
Life & Times of the Whitetail
Contents
The Five for Nine Gang
An Ace in the Hole
The Vest
Who Will Fill Your Chair
On Trapping Turkeys
Another Perspective
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Life & Times of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - The Five for Nine Gang
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - An Ace in the Hole
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - The Vest
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Who Will Fill Your Chair
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - On Trapping Turkeys
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Another Perspective
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Fun Game
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Crossings
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