I tested six loads using a Taylor’s .45 Long Colt conversion cylinder in my 14-inch Ruger Old Army percussion revolver. I used four black-powder substitute powders, one smokeless powder and one black powder. The load that had the closest approach to generating the power developed by 35 grains of Triple7seven in the percussion cylinder was wildly inaccurate. However, one powder developed enough energy and was sufficiently accurate to warrant further development as a potential hunting load.
You can view the video at: https://youtu.be/cr2bXDcHa7U.
An unusual hunting possibility is present in the Spring in Georgia where it is legal to simultaneously hunt turkeys, wild hogs and coyotes using muzzleloading firearms. Although we were not successful, this video illustrates the possibilities of a Triple-Threat hunt on the Blue Ridge WMA and adjoining National Forest lands. Carson Miller and I also recorded some hunting tips, including two for older hunters.
Night hunting techniques and equipment is shown for coyote and wild hog hunting which are legal tools in Georgia on private lands, but are NOT LEGAL on Georgia’s WMAs and National Forest Lands.
On this hunt we made several trips to hunt at various times on the Blue Ridge WMA and also tried our hands on turkey hunting on nearby Chattahoochee National Forest lands. This is all steep country, and in the Spring is populated by both hikers and even more trout fishermen/women. Hunting on these joint-use lands requires unusual care in being careful of what you shoot at and where you shoot. At times I used a tree stand to get a better view of the food plot that we revisited several times which helped insure that all of my shots would be directed at the ground, regardless of the game that was in front of me.
Thanks to Ronnie Merrell and his sons, who illustrated their hunting techniques to me, I was able to borrow one of their flashlights to show it in the video. Those flashlights with both green and red tints do not spook hogs who apparently do not have green and red receptor cones in their eyes. They see these light as a harmless grey tint, but are spooked by white light. These flashlights are particularly useful while hunting at night on private lands. Although they and me were not successful in getting a coyote, one of his sons has taken 15 this season. The best coyote hunting time is when the bitches are having pubs and hunt more often to feed them, according to Merrell. In Georgia. this would be in May and June.