Friday, July 13, 2012
On Thanksgiving morning last fall, I was hunting a long and narrow hayfield along the Musselshell River in the breaks country of central Montana. From a knoll that rose a good 40 feet above where the field narrowed to just over 200 yards, I watched as a doe ran past a huge cottonwood, which I had lasered at 227 yards. A few minutes later, a 5x5 buck followed the same exact route, passing within just a few yards of that tree. Taking a rest on a collapsible tripod shooting rest, I placed the 225-yard cross-bar of the multi-reticle muzzleloader hunting scope on the shoulder of the buck...and eased back on the trigger. The modern No. 209 primer ignition fast-twist .50 caliber in-line rifle belched - and a 110-grain charge of Blackhorn 209 powder pushed a saboted 300-grain polymer-tipped Scorpion PT Gold spire point out of the muzzle at 1,970 f.p.s., with 2,583 f.p.e.. At about 225 yards, that bullet drove home with right at 1,300 foot-pounds of knockdown power...and that buck went down on the spot.
So, where can muzzleloader hunting performance go from here? This new NORTH AMERICAN MUZZLELOADER HUNTING report takes a look at what likely lies ahead...
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
This past winter and spring, the NORTH AMERICAN MUZZLELOADER HUNTING website compiled and published several pages of new Blackhorn 209 load data for a variety of .50 caliber No. 209 primer ignition rifle models.
For a look at loads for the 28-inch barreled Traditions VORTEK...30-inch barreled VORTEK Ultra Light LDR...28-inch barreled Thompson/Center Arms TRIUMPH...and 28-inch barreled OMEGA, go to the following link -
For Blackhorn 209 loads and data for the Knight Rifles 27-inch barreled LONG RANGE HUNTER...and 27-inch barreled MOUNTAINEER, go to the following link -
See how the Harvester Muzzleloading Scorpion PT Gold compares with the competition... especially down range where retained energy is really needed to put game down.