I am thinking of buying a muzzleloader
It will be used just for plinking.
Here are the two I am considering.
Crockett .32 cal or Shenandoah .36 cal
I was going to get the Crockett .32 but the accessories seem harder to find.
What all do I need?
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I have a Flintlock Virgina Style in .32 and it's a joy to shoot, easy on lead and powder.
Get either one!
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I have often thought that I would like to have a "pea shooter" for plinking and maybe squirrel hunting. Please keep us informed of your decision and your reasoning.
I think I will get a 32 to start with.
Tell the wife its not big enough, then get a 36 or 45 or both.
DCP - For just plinking (and small game) go with the 32 cal. I have owned both a Dixie Gun Works 32 cal as well as a Thompson Center 36 cal. I always thought the 36 was a bit too much gun for squirrels and not enough for deer. To my regret I sold the 32 to buy the 36. When I realized the error of my ways I then tried to buy the 32 back, but the new owner was smarter than I and wouldn't sell. As has been asked, keep us informed when you make your deal. Shenandoah
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I lean to the .36, but there is no wrong choice between the two.
Chose and enjoy.
You really can't go wrong with either caliber. I have both and they are easy on powder and lead. The smaller bore tends to fowl quicker, but there is not much difference. Great on praire dogs and rabbits. Both of mine are TC guns. 32 Cherokee and 36 Senaca....
i would get the 32 and a good boolit mold good luck
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First the .32 will be a real pain if something gets stuck in the barrel, wonder how I know this
Second the .36 is easier to clean and as to shooting I see no real difference. I can use those little .310, .315 round balls in my .36 it just takes more pillow ticking. In my .36 I can use the same bullets I use in my 38 special/.357 mag if I want something heavier. I have shot the .36 out too 200 yards just to prove I could throw the round ball that far really. I have scope on one of mine and one is still open sighted. I have had these two rifles for the better part of almost 40 years and find rods break easier in the .32, .32 gets dirty faster even when using light charges, is about the same time to clean up when done and so really it is just up to which you like better.
By the way I only have 6-7 muzzle loaders have only been playing with them for 45 years so I am just really learning how they work and such. I like both but use the .36 more just because I like the feel of them better than my .32's but would not sell any of them as who knows when they maybe all we are allowed to have if even them.