Inline or Sidelock?

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Inline or Sidelock?

Inline
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Sidelock - Percussion
5
26%
Sidelock - Flintlock
3
16%
 
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Inline or Sidelock?

Postby Moccasin » Mon, 30 Mar 2009 20:06:55

Let's get this one started out with a poll.

Which do you prefer, inline or sidelock? And if you choose sidelock do you prefer percussion or flint?


I like sidelocks, and I prefer percussion but do want a flintlock some day. I like the more traditional looks of the sidelocks over those of the inlines.
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Re: Inline or Sidelock?

Postby allingeneral » Mon, 30 Mar 2009 20:09:30

I just added a poll to this thread. You couldn't add a poll, Moccasin?
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Re: Inline or Sidelock?

Postby toytruck » Tue, 31 Mar 2009 19:02:13

I voted inline, basically because I like a scope on my rifles (old eyes) and I don't like to see a scope on a traditional muzzleloader. I do own a .54 TC Renegade and it shoots RB great out to 50 yds very accurately. My White and TC Encore (with scopes) will group 1/2 " at 100 yds. I want to hit a deer and put him down quick. No brag, but last 3 deer shot with the White .504 were DRT (dead right there). I'm sure the traditional guns can do the same if the shot is put where it should be. I also prefer #11 caplocks which the Whites and Renegade are. :thumbsup:


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Re: Inline or Sidelock?

Postby Vahunter » Tue, 31 Mar 2009 19:44:33

I'll take a sidelock for target shooting and inline for hunting. I had a T/C Renegade in .50 years ago that I shot with all the other blackpowder groupies back in the early '80's at KC's range in Black Creek. Iv'e been through a few since then but nothing compared to that T/C. For hunting I use a T/C Omega that I bought 2 years ago. Iv'e taken 6 deer with it and all have been one shot kills, anywhere from 5 steps to 100 yards.


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Re: Inline or Sidelock?

Postby allingeneral » Tue, 31 Mar 2009 20:25:57

I wouldn;t know the difference if you smacked me in the head with both of them. :whoosh:
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Re: Inline or Sidelock?

Postby Moccasin » Tue, 31 Mar 2009 20:48:24

allingeneral wrote:I wouldn;t know the difference if you smacked me in the head with both of them. :whoosh:


Time to learn. It is a little different shooting them. You "engineer" each load, unless you cheat and use the 50 grain pellets. The most accurate load for a given rifle usually isn't the most powerful load for that same rifle, and it changes depending on the ball/patch or bullet you use.

The difference between inline and sidelock is this-
Inline: percussion cap fits on a nipple "inline" with the barrel. The spark travels from the cap through the nipple to the powder in a straight line. It's more reliable ignition than a sidelock. Shotgun primers are sometimes used instead of caps.

Sidelock: percussion cap or flint/frizzen is off to the side of the barrel, hence a sidelock. With a percussion cap the spark travels through the nipple then makes a 90 degree turn to reach the powder. With flint/frizzen the spark ignites powder in a tray outside the barrel which then jumps through a hole in the barrel to reach the powder.

Anything with a "nipple" that you actually use has to be fun. :biggrin:


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Re: Inline or Sidelock?

Postby Bob » Tue, 31 Mar 2009 22:09:35

I couldn't vote in your poll because I use both. I started out years ago with a T/C Hawken in 50 cal. beautiful rifle, very accurate.

The last few years I've been using an inline 50 cal, 209 primer, pellits instead of black powder, power belt bullets and the dreaded scope.

My eyes are going and I can't take any long shots with the Hawken. I've taken a lot of deer with that T/C but I finally had to go to a scope. I still use it now and then but I have to limit myself to easy, short shots, some of my deer have powder burns on them Ha Ha.

The inline is no different than a modern rifle, easy to use, easy to load. I only go now because it gives me some extra time deer hunting. I liked the old days best.
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Re: Inline or Sidelock?

Postby allingeneral » Wed, 01 Apr 2009 08:45:09

I liked the old days best.


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Re: Inline or Sidelock?

Postby toytruck » Wed, 01 Apr 2009 14:11:01

Bob wrote:The inline is no different than a modern rifle, easy to use, easy to load.


I'm gonna have to disagree on that one!! There is no way a modern inline can match a modern centerfire rifle in ballistics or range. The inline maybe just as accurate as a centerfire or even more so depending on the gun and shooter. IMHO


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Re: Inline or Sidelock?

Postby Moccasin » Wed, 01 Apr 2009 14:44:29

The only real advantage that inline offers over a sidelock is the straight line of ignition and the use of pellets. It's been several years since I looked at either so I'm not sure what the max loads for each is, that could be an advantage also. Neither the sidelock or the inline can be compared ballistically to a modern centerfire. The powder itself works at different pressures than modern powder so the modern centerfire will have the advantage. Muzzleloaders or black powder cartridge arms can reach the same ranges of many modern centerfire rifles. Black powder, whether muzzleloader or cartridge, can be as accurate or more so than modern centerfire cartridges.


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Re: Inline or Sidelock?

Postby Bob » Thu, 02 Apr 2009 13:19:47

Of course there is a big difference in ballistics,that goes without saying.

I was just thinking these new inlines are so easy, not like when I first started muzzle loading years ago. When I carry my inline it doesn't even feel like I'm carrying a muzzleloader, to me anyway.

You bet they are accurate, I've taken plenty of deer with both, if my eyes where better I'd use my old T/C all the time.

I kill a deer every year during muzzleloader to put some meat in the freezer, buck or doe I just look for a good size deer. Here is a picture of a big doe I killed last year with my inline. I hit it with a 230 gr bowerbelt, it was quarting away from me you can see the entrance hole, I took the heart right out and dropped it on the spot, no powder burns on this one.
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Re: Inline or Sidelock?

Postby Bob » Thu, 02 Apr 2009 13:21:20

It helps if you include the picture.
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Re: Inline or Sidelock?

Postby Bob » Thu, 02 Apr 2009 13:37:05

Thats twice I hit submit with out including the picture.

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Re: Inline or Sidelock?

Postby toytruck » Thu, 02 Apr 2009 18:54:57

Wow!! That is a big doe, congrats!! I took a 3 point buck and a button buck that fooled me, he was by himself and heading for a apple tree when the 496gr lead conical hit him, both deer dropped at the shot. Gotta love the high shoulder shot. I'll try to get the pic's up.Image
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Re: Inline or Sidelock?

Postby Vahunter » Thu, 02 Apr 2009 20:34:52

Here's one I called in and shot at 5 steps this past hunting season with my T/C Omega and a Powerbelt bullet. A little 7 point.

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Re: Inline or Sidelock?

Postby volvodog » Fri, 03 Apr 2009 21:57:53

I like sidelock even though all mine are inline.

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Re: Inline or Sidelock?

Postby cutun » Mon, 18 May 2009 09:14:09

I've moved from the Hawkins 50 cal, to the BK 92 in 50 cal and now have a TC encore, 50 cal, while I was pleased with the performance in all three. It's about the cleaning for me, and to be able to look down the barrel and see that it's clean. Hard to beat in my book. And I must say, my TC should be all the gun I ever need :clap:
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Re: Inline or Sidelock?

Postby guitarpicva » Wed, 10 Feb 2010 09:31:26

Bob wrote:...
My eyes are going and I can't take any long shots with the Hawken. I've taken a lot of deer with that T/C but I finally had to go to a scope. I still use it now and then but I have to limit myself to easy, short shots, some of my deer have powder burns on them Ha Ha....


I'm curious....are your near-sighted or far-sighted? Wondering if there's a difference with open sights because I can use mine with open sights without too much trouble, but I'm near-sighted.
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Re: Inline or Sidelock?

Postby Taggure » Wed, 21 Apr 2010 12:12:21

Looking for some feedback

Back in the mid 80's I started out with a Cheap .50cal Kentucky rifle but I always wanted a Hawkins and I really got into the Mountain Man Rendezvous and I still have my throwing hatchet that we used in competition. By the way i would like to get back into the Rendezvous again if anyone knows about one here in Virginia. After moving with the trend I too got into the in-line craze for hunting and do not get me wrong they are accurate as anything, but I think I would like to take my deer this year with a traditional rifle.

I know that I want to get a kit and build a .50cal Hawkins that is not the problem. The problem is do I want to go all the way traditional and go with the Flintlock or go with the percussion using the #11 Musket caps. I am leaning towards the later (Percussion)

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Re: Inline or Sidelock?

Postby elkdog » Wed, 06 Oct 2010 14:11:38

I picked sidelocks, In Oregon during muzzleloader season that is all you can use. It has to have open ignition, no scope and no pelletized powders or jacketed bullets, or sabots. That is the way I think it should be so I don't have a problem with it.


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