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Raedwald 
40 Cal.
Posts: 209
Raedwald
05-31-17 11:47 AM - Post#1631034    

    In response to hpdrifter

I have just acquired a 1975 copy of Ralph Walker's 'Black Powder Gunsmithing'. Ralph was old enough then to remember the final end of the traditional muzzle loading rifle in use as a hunting tool when he was working in his grandfather's gunsmith shop in the 1930's.

He commented: 'The rifles were predominantly .32 and .36 caliber, some around .40 with .45 caliber and larger in the minority'. He went on to comment: 'Even the .36 is too large for small game. The .30 caliber round ball is about ideal'. He discounted fears of fouling in small bores as: 'I cannot remember a single time when this was a problem, even after a dozen or more shots'.



 
hanshi 
Cannon
Posts: 8405
05-31-17 01:41 PM - Post#1631061    

    In response to Raedwald

I also agree with his "fouling" statement; my experience as well.

 
Tinker2 
54 Cal.
Posts: 1943
06-04-17 04:16 PM - Post#1631650    

    In response to hanshi

Me too.



William Alexander


 
AK Mike 
45 Cal.
Posts: 709
AK Mike
06-06-17 11:22 PM - Post#1631851    

    In response to mike54

A pound of Goex lasts a long time with one.

 
Blackfingers 
40 Cal.
Posts: 308
11-28-17 01:40 PM - Post#1654018    

    In response to AK Mike

Got my New Crockett today. Can't figure why only 1 lock screw instead of the ususal 2, this is my third Crockett btw. Like the wood rammer, much quieter than that brass one, still a beaut to hold, although they cut a few corners on the newer ones. Instead of the forward lock screw, there is a wood screw on the right side front of the lock. Probably an easy fix, that tiny wood screw won't last long if the gun sees a lot of shooting.

 
Zonie 
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Zonie
11-28-17 04:52 PM - Post#1654062    

    In response to Blackfingers

IMO, that little screw is not under any stress at all when the gun is shot so a wood screw should not have any problems being used.

By the time percussion guns were being made, one lock screw was rather common with no front lock screw at all being used.

Just Jim...



 
hanshi 
Cannon
Posts: 8405
11-28-17 05:23 PM - Post#1654069    

    In response to mike54

The photo I posted is gone ("photobucketed" I call it). The things you mentioned - one lock screw, etc - is all that's needed. These babies are things to shoot and enjoy.
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Smokey Plainsman 
45 Cal.
Posts: 805
11-29-17 01:08 AM - Post#1654168    

    In response to hanshi

Nice rifles and I hear good things about their accuracy and overall performance as a squirrelsman's piece.

However the styling (like all Traditions brand rifles) leaves something to be desired. The Crockett is not based on any rifle design from the 19th century. It is a purely modern fantasy design.

 
Blackfingers 
40 Cal.
Posts: 308
11-29-17 10:30 AM - Post#1654211    

    In response to Smokey Plainsman

Went to the range with the Crockett this morning. Accuracy was better with Maxi bullets than with PRB, 20grs FFFG triple7 for both ball and Maxi. Gotta say this, as this is my 3rd such rifle, corners were cut in it's manufacture. However....she shot very well, all shots on the paper at 50yds. More work to do next trip, really want to improve accuracy with PRB, just seems right. At any rate, need a more powerful range scope!!! Can hardly see the holes! BF

 
Blackfingers 
40 Cal.
Posts: 308
11-29-17 12:58 PM - Post#1654232    

    In response to Blackfingers

I forgot to add, fit and finish are as good as my first 2 Crockett Rifles. This one's a keeper! BF

 
JPM_NC 
32 Cal.
Posts: 25
11-29-17 07:25 PM - Post#1654297    

    In response to Blackfingers

Is the Crockett rifle an import, maybe from Investarms? It seems to be higher grade than the Hawken style rifles.

Jim

 
Bearkiller 
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Posts: 114
Bearkiller
11-29-17 08:07 PM - Post#1654303    

    In response to JPM_NC

Traditions muzzleloaders are manufactured by Ardesa of Spain.

 
Walker357 
40 Cal.
Posts: 269
Walker357
12-04-17 08:48 PM - Post#1655156    

    In response to Bearkiller

Have a Traditions Deer Hunter in .32. Yeah, I know the name is stupid for the caliber. Couldn't find a Crockett when I was looking. Empty 223 case holds 25 gr of 3F and will shoot minute of ground squirrel head at 40 yds. Hit a squirrel in the rib cage and it is already gutted when you get to it.

 
Mooman76 
69 Cal.
Posts: 3344
12-04-17 09:59 PM - Post#1655168    

    In response to Walker357

I know what you mean. I have one too. Got it cheap on clearance. If I knew they would quit making them I would have got one or two more. They made the same in 50 cal. Wish I had the barrel so I could swap back and forth.

 
Kansas Jake 
50 Cal.
Posts: 1383
12-05-17 04:43 PM - Post#1655278    

    In response to Mooman76

Me too. I have one I picked up at a gun show a couple of years ago for $80. Nice little gun and accurate. I use about 12 grains of 3f for squirrels. It is accurate to about 25 yards with that load.

 
Newtire 
32 Cal.
Posts: 5
01-25-18 06:27 PM - Post#1665828    

    In response to Fyrstyk

A couple years ago, I shot one thru the lungs and blew the offside lung halfway out of it's chest. This was with a hard cast 260 grain bullet going just under 1800 fps out of a CVA single shot in .444 Marlin. He went 150 yards before piling up. Range was around 15-20 yards. This was one of those not-so-wimpy Idaho Palouse coyotes. That thing was unbelievably tough. I'm sure you could kill one with the .32 but I'd rather shoot the next one with a varmint load out of a .223 or .243. I have a Crockett and it is one very accurate rifle.

 
wyflint 
32 Cal.
Posts: 7
03-13-18 05:09 PM - Post#1674127    

    In response to Newtire

I just picked up a Crockett .32 and I have a question. Where can someone get a nipple wrench that will fit in the small recess to get the nipple out. I have at least three wrenches and they are all to big. I called Muzzleloader.com from where I bought the rifle and they were no help. It is a great looking rifle and I can't wait to shoot it. Any advise?

 
azmntman 
75 Cal.
Posts: 5178
azmntman
03-13-18 07:47 PM - Post#1674154    

    In response to wyflint

I have several and know one of em fits. Couldnt tell ya where I got though.

 
Zonie 
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Posts: 26296
Zonie
03-13-18 08:07 PM - Post#1674161    

    In response to wyflint

You might try one of the nipple wrenches that is made for a cap and ball pistol.

Track of the Wolf offers two. One for tight nipple recesses and one for larger nipple recesses.

https://www.trackofthewolf.com/List/Item.aspx/65/1
Just Jim...



 
wyflint 
32 Cal.
Posts: 7
03-13-18 08:25 PM - Post#1674163    

    In response to Zonie

Thanks. I did a search, instructed by the smart one in family, my wife and found one on Ebay made just for the rifle. Ahh the marvel of modern women.....I may just have to keep her another 30 yrs....

 
azmntman 
75 Cal.
Posts: 5178
azmntman
03-13-18 09:28 PM - Post#1674172    

    In response to wyflint

Well if yer keeping her that long she'll need another rifle

 
Adui 
50 Cal.
Posts: 1229
Adui
03-13-18 11:31 PM - Post#1674186    

    In response to wyflint

  • wyflint Said:
Thanks. I did a search, instructed by the smart one in family, my wife and found one on Ebay made just for the rifle. Ahh the marvel of modern women.....I may just have to keep her another 30 yrs....


Hats off to another keeper
"I hope to be at least half as good as my dog believes me to be." Unknown Author

Best regards;
Terry


 
Adui 
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Posts: 1229
Adui
03-13-18 11:31 PM - Post#1674187    

    In response to azmntman

  • azmntman Said:
Well if yer keeping her that long she'll need another rifle


An EXCELLENT idea!!
"I hope to be at least half as good as my dog believes me to be." Unknown Author

Best regards;
Terry


 
smoothshooter 
45 Cal.
Posts: 990
03-14-18 05:27 AM - Post#1674196    

    In response to Smokey Plainsman

WAY too much drop in the stock.

 
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