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Old 02-24-2010, 06:09 AM   #11
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I hunt with an inline modern bp rifle because I can and I never got into the percussion or flint rifles. I am actually staying away from them because I know I will end up loving them and we know where that leads.

The pistols are just a hoot and Spitty is right about the cleaning afterwards. But that is all part of the fun.
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PS- I scored 150 lbs of pure lead foil at a govt surplus auction a few years back- for 50 cents. Have enuff to feed my muzzleloaders until I am 99. Will have to get more then.
This wasn't in Roswell, NM was it?
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Roswell? No, it was at some place called Area 51..................

Actually, Bellwood Defense General Supply Center, near Richmond VA. Dental x-ray film came in these little foil pouches. Lead foil.

Roswell just had tin foil. Shaped like hats.........
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Yep; black powder shootin is fun. I especially like the old Colt Army revolvers. UBERTI makes a very close reproduction of the original, but PIETTA guns are really sweet.
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I pour my own balls and make my own paper cartridges , and the fun is shooting a good group with the revolver and bring down a deer or hag with the rifle
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Black powder guns are very fun to shoot. They are pretty accurate for hunting and the .45, .50, .58, .69 or .75 caliber bullet will easily take down a deer. As a Civil War re-enactor I buy pre-rolled paper blanks from "sutlers." These are nice when your shooting blanks but the diameter of the paper tube is very small. Not nearly enough to wrap a .58 caliber mini ball for my Enfield. It would be to small for any black powder rifle caliber out there. You would have to take apart the paper tube and re-roll it. Your best bet is to make your own rounds using caliber correct moulds and rolling your own tubes using cigartte paper.
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You people who make your own balls are awesome.
The only thing that keeps you from being completely self efficient is powder.
So tell me, does anyone make their own powder?
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I have used this method and got good results , but a lot of work .

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ive made my own bp, as well as my own percussion caps.

im far from an expert, but i do have a "go-to guy" on another forum that seems to know everything.

afa using patched balls, maxi balls, sabots, ect, its not just a matter of choice, there are MANY different nuiances made into different bbls to make one more suited to one type of projectile. he gave me a very indepth run down on it once, but frankly, most of it went over my head. but keep in mind that things like twist rate, number of lands/groves, ratio of the sizes of the lands/groves, rifling depth, actual bore diameter, and other factors determine what type of ammo the gun is designed to shoot. if you get a new inline type designed to work with sabots, dont be suprised if your patched balls and paper cartridges cant hit the broad side of a barn.
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ive made my own bp, as well as my own percussion caps.

im far from an expert, but i do have a "go-to guy" on another forum that seems to know everything.

afa using patched balls, maxi balls, sabots, ect, its not just a matter of choice, there are MANY different nuiances made into different bbls to make one more suited to one type of projectile. he gave me a very indepth run down on it once, but frankly, most of it went over my head. but keep in mind that things like twist rate, number of lands/groves, ratio of the sizes of the lands/groves, rifling depth, actual bore diameter, and other factors determine what type of ammo the gun is designed to shoot. if you get a new inline type designed to work with sabots, dont be suprised if your patched balls and paper cartridges cant hit the broad side of a barn.
+ 1 on that the video I posted was only used in my 1861 Army Colt replica .

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