There are a bunch of things coming together that have me looking at a muzzleloader. For one thing, Angus (age 12) has been enamoured of the idea of a flintlock muzzleloader since he first held a Brown Bess at Williamsburg back in 2006. Here he is checking out a nice piece:
KYHillChick is on preparedness kick. She's getting so she'd like to be prepared for any eventuality. She's thinking probably a flint fowler. However, Angus is particularly enamored of a Brown Bess. Brown Bess makes a nice fowler if you're talking turkey, right? Smooth bore, 14 GA (approx). It's workable.
Then you have me. I met a guy over the summer who's a flinter, and not just any flinter. I mean like the guy who sits at home all day and turns out a sizeable share of the flints that go into flintlocks worldwide. He lives in Switzerland now so that he can be close to his favorite deposits-- what a life! Anyhow, I'm sure I can get flints cheap now. He also turned me onto a flint deposit near the farm. I might end up trying to make my own.
I'm sort of torn. I'd like a nice, plain Kentucky Rifle for deer hunting. However, the idea of bagging a gobbler with a flint fowler has me intrigued. I could turn around and stuff a patched round ball down it for deer season too.
Anyone doing this?