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Thread: C&B Revolver question

  1. #21
    Boolit Grand Master
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Central Virginia
    I took this straight from the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission web site for 2019-2020 Hunting regulations:

    To be used for deer hunting, muzzleloading rifles
    must have a barrel 18 inches or longer and be .40
    caliber or larger. Magnifying sights may be used.
    The use of shot is not legal. Legal muzzleloaders
    use flint, percussion cap, primer or electronic
    pulse, are loaded through the muzzle and are not
    capable of firing a cartridge.

    Hunters may use muzzleloading handguns with:
    • barrels 9 inches or longer
    • .45 caliber or larger if they shoot conical bullets
    (200 grains or heavier), or
    • .530 caliber or larger if they shoot round balls.
    A hunter may carry a muzzleloading handgun of
    any caliber as backup to a muzzleloading rifle.

    So the primary hunting weapon must be a rifle with a barrel of 18" or longer and must be of 40 caliber or larger
    The primary weapon may be a muzzle loading handgun with at least a 9" barrel and it must shoot a conical bullet of at least 45 caliber and 200 grains or a round ball of any weight as long as the round ball is .530" or greater in diameter.

    Once you meet the requirements for the PRIMARY weapon, a backup handgun can be anything you want.

  2. #22
    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Kinda what I was thinking, but enough gray area that an overzealous game warden might try to write a ticket if there wasn't 2 bullet wounds unless obviously from a rifle. I've seen some wardens do things like that as well as harrassment. Fortunately I haven't been on the receiving end of it, but I know several trustworthy folks that have first hand experience with that.

  3. #23
    Boolit Grand Master
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Central Virginia
    I don't see the gray are you're referring to. The law is clear.

    If you are that concerned you can eliminate the problem by not carrying a backup handgun while hunting with a muzzle loader.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check