First Muzzleloader Deer

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First Muzzleloader Deer

Postby Matt Raymond » Thu Mar 17, 2016 8:29 am

Hello all,

This was the nice little 3pt buck I harvested on opening day last season. It would have been a 6pt but somewhere along the way, 1/2 of his rack was broken clean off. He walked in while eating acorns to about 30 yards. He gave me a nice broadside shot. I pulled the hammer back to full cock on my Lyman GPR .54, set the trigger, fell on the cap but nothing. My nipple was slightly mushroomed from repeated practice so I thought I was all done. Cocked the hammer again and pulled the trigger....boom! .535 hornady ball pushed by 70 grains of 3f goex found its mark. He took about 4 steps and fell over. Perfect shot though the top ventricles of his heart and separated those from his lungs. I have since been more aware of the condition of my nipples and have switched to better fitting caps. I got lucky that he didn't bolt after the first hammer fall.
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Re: First Muzzleloader Deer

Postby greenmountain » Fri Mar 18, 2016 7:17 pm

Nice deer. The story alone is a trophy. I can feel the emotions that you probably felt. I have been there with good and bad results.
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Re: First Muzzleloader Deer

Postby Winter Hawk » Sat Mar 19, 2016 9:59 pm

Nice deer!

To prevent the mushrooming of the nipple, get a faucet washer which will just fit over it when dry-firing. It will keep the hammer from hitting the nipple.

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Re: First Muzzleloader Deer

Postby Matt Raymond » Sun Mar 20, 2016 10:53 am

I didn't dry fire the gun. It was from repeated (100-130) hammer falls on the capped nipple. Nothing a little file and emory cloth couldn't I bought an extra 3pk of Lyman nipples, they're cheap and well kinda cheap, but get the job done. One of those, "I knew I should have adjusted/replaced that before I went hunting" moments.
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Re: First Muzzleloader Deer

Postby wtt03 » Sun May 01, 2016 4:33 am

Congratulations on a nice buck! Great story and glad it ended well for you!
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