B&C 100 Class
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Broome County, NY
My first muzzleloader was a replica of a Remington Zouave in .58 caliber. Shortly after that I got a .50 percussion T/C Hawken kit. I never even put that kit together because Pennsylvania started their late flintlock season & I immediately bought my first flinter. That is a .54 cal T/C Renegade. I've used that gun a lot to take deer & my first black bear. At one point I felt like I wanted a percussion Renegade for inclement weather so I picked one up in my favorite caliber, .54 of course. I found out that percussion guns aren't any more reliable than a flintlock if you take the time to learn how to use them. I've probably had as many mis-fires with percussion as with my flinters. After I took that big eight point buck with my percussion Renegade in 2001, I pretty much put that gun away. It's been all flinter's since. I still need to get a flint smoothbore though.
Hunting Man, you should try a rifle with a swamped barrel. A long barreled gun with a swamped barrel is actually easier to hold than the heavy barreled half stock guns and you have the longer sight radius too.
About sights......it's hard to see in the picture, but my percussion Renegade has a tang mounted peep sight. I like them, but you have to be aware that they aren't the best during the prime hunting times of first light & evening twilight. Another concern about peep sights is that some areas don't recognize peeps as traditional sights & you can't use them during the traditional flintlock seasons. I had lasic surgery several years ago & that has allowed me to still be comfortable with traditional open sights.
I'm going to be hunting PA the rest of this week myself. It's real convenient for me. I live only four miles north of the PA/NY line.
Good luck in PA when you get there.