What's the difference between an inline muzzleloader and a flintlock muzzleloade

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  1. KStro18 profile image70
    KStro18posted 12 years ago

    What's the difference between an inline muzzleloader and a flintlock muzzleloader, if anything?

  2. Outbound Dan profile image95
    Outbound Danposted 12 years ago

    The difference between inline and flintlock muzzleloaders is in the ignition system and generally in the performance of the firearm. 
    Flintlocks date back to before the French and Indian War, even though many are still produced and used today - it is what I have.  In order for a flintlock to fire, the hammer strikes the frizzen causing a shower of sparks to ignite powder in the pan. That small ignition then penetrates the breech through the touch hole and ignites the main powder load. 
    In-line muzzleloaders are the newest and generally the most accurate of blackpowder firearms; they are what most muzzleloading hunters use now.  In-lines use a sealed primer to create the ignition which ignites the usually pre-measured  powder load.

  3. Adventure Colorad profile image78
    Adventure Coloradposted 12 years ago

    Outdoor Dan had a great answer to this, just to add some clarification, the Flintlock's flash pan ignites along the side of the gun, then the spark is directed sideways into the barrel, in order to ignite the load of black powder.

    An inline got the name because the primer is directly behind the black powder charge, and therefore "inline" with it.  It is more similar to a modern cartridge case, without having a cartridge.

    Some states my restrict what kind of black powder rifle is allowed for hunting.  While many states allow inlines, there are some that want muzzle loading seasons to be more primitive and require flintlock or percussion caps.

  4. WillToSurvive profile image59
    WillToSurviveposted 6 years ago


    Inline muzzleloaders are for morons who can't shoot. The only difference between a modern rifle and an inline muzzleloader is the modern rifle uses a metallic cartridge. Otherwise  you still have a scope, a primer, perfectly measured pressed powder pellets and Sabot'd expanding bullets. A flintlock uses granulated powder, patch and round ball, powder in a flash pan, and a piece of flint stone to make a spark against a steel frizzen to ignite the powder and fire the rifle/musket. No scopes, open sights. I'm a gun builder and have built over 100 flintlock rifles and muskets. 99% of my hunting is with my flintlock long guns. I have a musket for small game, a .36 cal. for raccoon, squirrel, coyote and other critters and a 50 cal. for deer. I fill my tags every year. IMHO, it should be illegal to call an inline a muzzleloader and to be used during muzzleloader season. (BLASPHAMY) Here's a pic of one I made.

  5. JRofAK profile image60
    JRofAKposted 2 years ago

    But everything's loaded THROUGH the muzzle .... no?.. what am I missing kind sir?

    1. Jim Steenson profile image60
      Jim Steensonposted 15 months agoin reply to this

      JRofAK, basically the difference is in firing mechanism, inline is a lot more "streamlined" and modern compared to flintlock(pretty much old-style type of loading).


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