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Old 09-21-2012, 03:54 AM   #1
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This is a legit question.

I have never shot a blackpowder rifle or a musket.

I just found this section of the forum actually, but I truely am wondering what is so awesome about these type of guns? Why not shoot a normal cartridge gun???? Is there something extra exciting about a blackpowder gun???

It seems like there is a cult following amoung you type, and I am about to buy a black powder gun to try to find out what all the fuss is about.

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Old 09-21-2012, 04:48 AM   #2
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To me, it is the thought of 1 shot, make it count. There is nothing like squeezing the trigger and the ka-boom sound and the air fills with the smoke and the aroma of sulfer. The excitement on grows from there. It is fun to know that is the way the west was tamed and our forefathers used this type of weapon to feed his family. If you ever get started in it, you will have a blast!!

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until you "hunt and make a kill" with the rifle, i really can't do justice to describin the feelin. it's NOT about the kill, it's more about the 1 shot, make it count (as posted above), it's about the "felt history" behind blackpowder. there are a few things that one feels, but you won't really feel it, until you live it.

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I have a 1953 Chevy. I collect old coins. I love antiques. I enjoy learning history. I dont know, it just kind connects ya to the past. Next step casting my own lead balls. Then making my own powder.

Give er a try. I recommend something traditional. Not an inline. And use real black powder. See if ya can take a deer the old fashioned way. Makes for a fun challenge.


These are a lot of fun too.

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And don't forget all the accessories that go with it. Cappers, bullet pullers, short starters, speed loaders, pouches, bags, horns, powder measures, bullet molds, patch cutters, lubes......
You can use your imagination and make a lot of these items yourself. I have used deer antler to make short starters and powder measures, leather scraps to make cappers, brass rods to make ram rods. Anyway, it can become more then just a way to extend your hunting season. Some folks will get an inline (some come with electronic ignition), put a scope on it and use pre measured pellets and fancy store bought bullets. They perform like a modern weapon but you need to clean it after every shooting session. If that is what you are looking for, go for it. The purist will take a flinter or percussion round ball gun any day. I still use my first ML rifle that was built from a kit my wife gave me on our first Christmas almost 35 years ago.
Caution: May be habit forming

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Quote:
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This is a legit question.
I doubt it.

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Why not shoot a normal cartridge gun????
I don't know of any black powder shooters that don't also own a myriad of other types of firearms; black powder firearms take-up just 1/12 of my firearms collection.
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Yep, I shoot those normal guns too.

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I like the smoke and the smell!! And I identify with the comment above about the connection to history. I haven't shot black powder for awhile, but I am considering getting back into it. I do prefer a six shooter like the 1860 Army, which to me is more fun than one shot at a time. But heck to load!

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Yep, their loads of fun.





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i hunted with blackpowder from 1960-1976 then got away from it. In 1999 i got back into hunting with blackpowder. Since then about 40 deer and hundreds of wild hogs have been killed with my blackpowder guns.

IMO: A blackpowder gun makes a person a better hunter.

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