Like the follow through of a free throw...well said LopeHunterI have hunted successfully with a muzzleloader. Last critter to tip over was a bull elk.
Something resonates deep in my DNA in the bit of time from the 209 primer firing into the black powder which begins slowly burning then the gradual push into the shoulder while the lugnut glides down the barrel. Is unlike a rifle discharge. The timing, recoil, sound and smoke are so different to me that it makes my reptilian core smile as if just snagged a horsefly from midair. I do not recall hearing the impact of the bullet hitting an animal when using a muzzleloader. Not even one time. I often hear whooomp when shooting a rifle at a critter, though. If I could only shoot a rifle or muzzie the rest of my life then would choose the muzzie. I like horseflies, I guess.