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Old 10-05-2013, 06:51 PM
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The smallest I've seen is .36 and .32, these were flintlock or cap styles. Does anyone make a .22 muzzle loader of any style? Mac
I don't think anyone has made small bore muzzleloaders in any great number: they foul too quickly for most folks to want to mess w/ them. Hence BP "squirrel" rifles being .32cal & the preference for big bore muzzle loaders. Since you can't get much above a 1400fps mv w/ BP, the approach for greater range/killing power has historically been to go to a bigger bore.

Good luck w/ your search.
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Old 10-05-2013, 11:39 PM
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I've known a few guys with 28-29 caliber rifles, but all re-bored to 32 after the problems they had keeping the bore clean enough to shoot more than a couple of round (without cleaning).

I get just under 2000fps with my .45 (.445 prb, .018 ticking, 90 gr 3F), and just over 2000 fps with .50 (.498 prb, .018 ticking, 129 gr 2F). Both are slow twist (60-66) barrels.

"Modern muzzle loaders" have faster twist barrels, and won't shoot those heavy loads accurately.
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Old 10-09-2013, 12:32 AM
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I don't think anyone has made small bore muzzleloaders in any great number: they foul too quickly for most folks to want to mess w/ them. Hence BP "squirrel" rifles being .32cal & the preference for big bore muzzle loaders. Since you can't get much above a 1400fps mv w/ BP, the approach for greater range/killing power has historically been to go to a bigger bore.

Good luck w/ your search.
About how many rounds till fouling becomes an issue with .28/.29 bores?
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Old 10-09-2013, 05:41 PM
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Depends on the load, but with "heavier" loads, 3-4 rounds. (25-30 gr loads).

I shoot 25-30 grain loads in my .32 all day long, with no fouling problems. Start getting some up around 40 gr.
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