Colorado Muzzle loader Elk Hunt Gun Suggestion

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This fall I am going to Colorado for a muzzle loader elk hunt. Colorado does not allow a scope or powder pellets for this season. I would like to spend around $400-500 on the gun and start practicing with it now. Does anyone have any suggestions on a new gun and a good load for this hunt. Thanks!
 

leoparddog

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Lyman Great Plains Hunter - .54 cal. a .50 cal will do the trick though if you use the right bullet. Hornady Great Plains in 385gr (.50cal) or Thompson Center Maxi-Ball is what I'd use. Basically a big hunk of lead.

No matter what I'd be wanting at least 300gr headed down range and beware, many of those fancy skirted and pointed bullets won't be tough enough for Elk.

This is a little out of your price range but, it gets you a faster twist barrel and a 32" barrel for more velocity than you'll get with the 28" and shorter barrels that are common.

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1...rifle-percussion-1-in-32-twist-32-barrel-blue

  • In-line muzzleloaders are legal;
  • Must be a single barrel that fires a single conical projectile or round ball;
  • For elk and moose, conical bullets must be at least .50 caliber and round balls must be at least .54 caliber;
  • If greater than .50 caliber, a bullet or round ball must weigh at least 210 grains;
  • 209 Shotshell primers and B.O.R Lock MZ System bullets are legal;
  • Pelletized powder systems are prohibited during muzzleloader seasons;
  • Only open or iron sights are legal during muzzleloader seasons. Sights using fiber optics or fluorescent paints are legal.
  • Sabots are prohibited during muzzleloader season. Cloth patches are not considered sabots.


Good luck to you sir!
 
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I'm jealous! It's my dream to hunt elk out west in the high country! But , my dream involves my old Hawkins 45 cal traditional rifle.
 

TJay

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I went a few years back and used my TC Omega, 100gr Blackhorn 209 and a 460gr No Excuses bullet. Worked for me! I am a big fan of the No Excuses bullet.
 

Darkhorse

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Have you drawn a Colorado Muzzleloader Elk license?
It was my dream to hunt Elk in the Rocky Mountains with a muzzleloader. In my case the weapon would be a .54 Flintlock using patched round balls. I tried for several years to get drawn in New Mexico to no avail, finally life and work got in the way and I stopped putting in for the draw. Good luck.
 
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Thanks. I think that I am going to buy a more modern inline gun.

I have been going to CO for the last 6 years mainly for deer with a chance at elk during 2nd season. This year I applied for a muzzle loader bull tag with a leftover cow option so either way I'll be going. DNR told me my chances are in the mid 80s to draw a bull tag in this unit. I think the area that I hunt I'll have a fairly decent chance to have some elk encounters during muzzle loader season. It helps that I have a friend out there who scouts a lot.
 

shdw633

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I would look into a used Remington 700 Ultimate ML. I have one that I picked up close to your price range and it's awesome. I bought the gun to hunt with in the midwest as it is more accurate than a shotgun out past 100 yards in my opinion and I know of guys that shoot that ML out to 500 yards, though they do use a scope. You won't be able to get a new one in your price range but I would be looking at gunbroker and other sites to see if you can find a used one close to what you're looking to pay. There is also a breech plug modification out there (I have one) that will allow you to remove the breech plug as well as shoot Blackhorn 209.
 

leoparddog

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There a quite a few In-Line ML in your price range. T/C makes some good quality ones. Since you have to use loose powder and you want an In-Line, highly recommend the BH-209 powder. It is more expensive but cleans up well and you'll get probably the best velocity out of it.

The No-Excuses bullets are top notch as TJay mentioned. You can get different sizes to exactly match what your gun wants to shoot. My only quibble with them is that I think they are heavier than really needed. If your new gun will shoot the lightest .50 cal weight (420gr) well, then sure why not. https://www.muzzleloading-bullets.com/shop/

For reference 437.5 grains is one ounce. So their 420gr bullet is a close equivalent to a one ounce slug. :eek: Shooting that a few times off the bench in a light weight gun is going to leave a mark.
 

TJay

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There a quite a few In-Line ML in your price range. T/C makes some good quality ones. Since you have to use loose powder and you want an In-Line, highly recommend the BH-209 powder. It is more expensive but cleans up well and you'll get probably the best velocity out of it.

The No-Excuses bullets are top notch as TJay mentioned. You can get different sizes to exactly match what your gun wants to shoot. My only quibble with them is that I think they are heavier than really needed. If your new gun will shoot the lightest .50 cal weight (420gr) well, then sure why not. https://www.muzzleloading-bullets.com/shop/

For reference 437.5 grains is one ounce. So their 420gr bullet is a close equivalent to a one ounce slug. :eek: Shooting that a few times off the bench in a light weight gun is going to leave a mark.
They will for sure leave a mark. Before my trip I had to remove the scope from my ML and re-attach my irons and shoot 'em in. Took eight rounds down range and that last one I had to muster everything I had to keep from flinching. Now I want to book an elk trip!
 
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