I was out looking to do some trading today.
I had in mind a .410 double shotty, but anything that caught my eye would work.
Wound up with this:
I've never owned a muzzleloader before. This one was used, but aside from a bit of rust, looked good.
I would have liked to have had a wooden stock and a lefty action, but for the deal I couldn't pass it up. Besides the rifle, I got 200 percussion caps, an unopened container of Shockey's Gold Sticks (the man said they wouldn't work in a sidelock, but they seem to function just fine), and 60 saboted 99% pure lead bullets.
I took it out and shoved one of the powder sticks down the tube after verifying there wasn't a charge in it already. Then I put a wad in it.
Checking for function before live ammo is used is a priority for me.
The cap went "pop" and the main charge didn't light. At this point I was thinking "crap, the guy was right." I tried a few more primers to to avail.
Decided to take a pick to the nipple again, and I paid closer attention. It didn't seem to go all the way through. Hmmm...
So the nipple came off. It was clogged with rust. I mean, it looked like somebody had poured iodine in there.
I had to use a drill and actual bit to get it out.
So I went back out, put the nipple back on, primed it, and the charge went "POOF!"
So this time I tried an actual bullet.
"BOOM!" Nice kick, about like a light 20 gauge, if that.
It's a 1:48" twist, so I'll probably just end up making some cotton patches and using .452" bullets I cast for my 1911 in this thing. They should work just fine on deer if I go this season.
I'd like to shoot balls, and though I know it won't be as accurate as a slower twist, I figure I'll experiment.
Should be fun!