I prefer the traditional style BP guns for the special blackpowder seasons but the inlines are fine during the regular season. For me it is aesthetic reasons that I prefer sidelocks as that is the lore I grew up with.
I have nothing against the in-lines, but I simply don't see the sense in them! They are simply an inferior modern, usually scoped single shot rifle! I understand that most started useing them simply to get another hunting season, and not because of any history nostalgia!
To me the interest in muzzleloaders is re-liveing an old mountain man time in our history, with all the draw-backs that come with the origenal mountain man's lifestyle, and I think the season should be a primative weapons season, not strictly because the firearm is loaded from the front!
I have four Muzzle loaders, three cap locks, and one filntlock
Penn long rifle! All are replicas of historical rifles used a hundred and fifty years or more ago! I don't think a person hunting with powder pellets, sabot expanding modern slugs, and sporting a 3-9x40 scope is under any kind of handicap in the woods. As I said I have no problem with anyone useing what ever is legal for his hunting, but I simply do not see the point, where in-lines are concerned, other than as a loop-hole to use a percieved handicap, to get an extra season, with a rifle that will equal just about any woods rifle, which must be used in the regular season.
If In-lines float your canoe, then pull your paddle, but I think you are cheating yourself out of a rather fine tredition. inlines do absolutely nothing for me! :?: :?: :?: :?:
I have both a TC Renegade flintlock and a modern TC Omega inline complete with 4x scope.
The inline, I won at a "gun bash" and used for one of PA's early frontloader seasons that allows it. I agree that it really is just a single shot modern rifle that takes just a bit longer to get a second shot off than say a Ruger #1 would.
I really prefer to use the flintlock with goex FFFG powder and a patched round ball. I have taken deer with it out to about 80yds. For the longer shots (more than about 30-40yds), I use a steady rest and the set trigger.
There is just something about that click-fzzz-kaboom that you can't come close to with the inline. Of course you also have the occasional click-"oh crap" gun didn't fire..... or the slightly damp flash pan click-fzzsizzle-sizzle---kaboom to really test your nerves!