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Old 08-04-2013, 09:24 PM   #31
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had a fling with flint once. Another one I wish I had kept. Seems a lot more details go with the skill-set of black powder. Bullet molds, powder measures, patches, rolling paper cartridges, lubes, all the hands-on-stuff that takes a lot more time to put together than the actual shot. Making your own acoutrements, possible bags and such. Making your own powder? That's something that I have never thought of. Would drive the neighbors nuts. Probably treat me like I had a meth-lab going. I am uncomfortable with some of the newer black powder gun designs and the use of modern bullets in sabots, speed loaders, but I don't fault people for liking them, and there is still a required measure of marksmanship acknowleged, I am just an old Fart stuck in my ways where the ways of the past are more comfortable to me than the uncertain future.

But I have other more modern guns in my locker that I love too.
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:33 PM   #32
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LOL.....Y ou got that right...Tues nights are primitive only, on the range i work at. Those guys are a little crazy, and lots of fun to hang out with. I have a Thompson Hawkins, and a few BP revolvers. Its their night....and they do it up good. coonskin hats, and all. I warned them, one of theses Tuesdays im going to show up in a cave woman outfit, with a slingshot.......
That'll work, as long as it is a pre National Firearms Act sligshot
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LOL.....I warned them, one of theses Tuesdays im going to show up in a cave woman outfit, with a slingshot.......
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Slingshot, huh? Forked stick or David/Goliath?
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For me it was the fine tweaking over a period of time. Experimenting with different balls, patches, oils, per' caps, measuring powder to the grain, etc.

I had a Thompson Hawken 50 cal cap with 1/48 and shot at a state range and regularly was next to or share a bench with an oldtimer ( he was probably the age I am now ) and got lots of pointers.

Tweaking got me a 3 shot 1 1/2 inch group at 100 yds, iron sights, off non bagged bench.

That was when I could still see the target at 100 yds.
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Tweaking got me a 3 shot 1 1/2 inch group at 100 yds, iron sights, off non bagged bench.

That was when I could still see the target at 100 yds.
I hear you. Get a bigger kick pulling a group like that with black powder, than with my scoped rifle. My eyes are not what they were too. Need a lot of light, do my best work with the Sun directly overhead
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Default Why shoot black powder ????

For me it's simple... I love guns... I love history. What better way to tie them together?? Besides being just plain FUN (I just love the "click..flick...KA-BANG!! of my flinters) I feel somehow connected to the spirit of those early pioneers who blazed the way for our country to exist and be free!! It put food on the table.. provided fur for trade... and defended the homestead. I know many here will agree, freedom to me...is personified in the firearm. ... especially the old style ones!!
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Slingshot, huh? Forked stick or David/Goliath?
Dont know yet....Probably a Wrist Rocket from Wal-mart..no time to build my own..And they WILL expect me to be able to hit something with it, so need time for practice.....
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I shot muzzle loaders for years before getting into handgun competition. I shoot left handed so I built a flintlock. Really nothing else like it.
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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???
In my experience, there seem to be two types of BP shooters. The first are the hunters who are just looking to extend their hunting by taking advantage of the "muzzleloader only" season. These people mostly shoot modern "in-line" guns with scopes and saboted, jacketed bullets.

The second type are attracted by the history of pre-cartridge firearms. They may be reenacters interested in a particular period of history (the American Revolution, the American Civil War, the Mountain Men, etc) or just the history of the weapons themselves.

Shooting muzzleloader is different than shooting modern cartridge arms. To some, its more trouble than its worth to shoot a gun that is arguably inferior in every way to a modern rifle or handgun. Some of us, on the other hand, really enjoy the slower pace and more hands on nature of the activity and the challenge of shooting these "inferior" guns.
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