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Login Name Post: CONEHEAD RANGE DAY        (Topic#306180)
Rum River 
32 Cal.
Posts: 7
01-17-18 06:22 AM - Post#1663962    

    In response to azmntman

Years ago I managed to stick a bronze brush in the bottom of a .50 Hawken. Thought I'd broken the brush in, guess not.

As I flailed around in vain to remove the item I managed to twist off the wire too. Perfect, now we're getting somewhere.

Not having a 30" needle nose pliers available I tried my go-to response of staring at it while invoking various chants. No luck.

After calming down a bit, I pulled the nipple and
dribbled in about 5 grains of 4F from my flinter.
Not quite enough, a repeat using 10 grains shot it out.

The brush is on the shop wall to reinforce my one basic rule: "Try not to be any more stupid than you can help."

On the other hand I truly now can say I have a brush load for my rifle. Get it? Brush load?

 
MSW 
Cannon
Posts: 7053
MSW
01-17-18 07:32 AM - Post#1663971    

    In response to Rum River

of all the things i've lost in this life, i miss my mind the most

 
SgtMaj 
40 Cal.
Posts: 385
SgtMaj
01-17-18 11:04 AM - Post#1664024    

    In response to Britsmoothy



 
Gerard Dueck 
45 Cal.
Posts: 790
Gerard Dueck
01-17-18 12:57 PM - Post#1664068    

    In response to MSW

That's my line too. I once took both ml rifles to my brother's cottage so he could try them out. It was mid winter and nobody around. We had to snowshoe in the last 1/4 mile. Arrived on site and looked for my shooting bag. Left at home. No powder no ball and no caps. I call it having a stupid attack.


 
dragnetbill 
36 Cal.
Posts: 71
01-19-18 06:36 AM - Post#1664518    

    In response to MSW

of all the things i've lost in this life, i miss my mind the most


I would second this, if I could remember that I have lost my mind.

 
Eric Krewson 
54 Cal.
Posts: 1757
Eric Krewson
01-23-18 06:23 PM - Post#1665464    

    In response to dragnetbill

I did it again, I drove 50 miles to the range to check my .54 at 100 yards. I got on the bags took a shot and reloaded for my second shot. I started to prime my lock and saw material sticking up of my touch hole. What's up, I tried picking the touch hole and dribbling in some 4F to see if the gun would go bang, nope, I tried again 5 or 6 times, no go.

I had a ball puller and a range rod, but, my range rod was 8-32, my ball puller was 10-32, no go. My hickory ramrod is 10-32 but with little to grab on to I couldn't get the ball moving.

Fortunately I took some modern guns to play with so the outing wasn't a complete bust.

When I got home and cleaned my rifle I found I had gotten out of sequence when I loaded the first time. It should be powder, wool wad, patched ball, I did wool wad, powder, patched ball. The gun fired the first time but blew parts of the wool wad out the touch hole instead of out the barrel.

This was a management area public range so I did some scouting for a 5 day hunt coming up in Feb and found a nice place to park my butt, tons of deer sign.

 
Colorado Clyde 
Cannon
Posts: 15524
Colorado Clyde
01-23-18 06:29 PM - Post#1665465    

    In response to Eric Krewson

Next time take a sharpie and write "POWDER" on your hand...


 
SgtMaj 
40 Cal.
Posts: 385
SgtMaj
01-24-18 09:39 AM - Post#1665553    

    In response to Eric Krewson

I've gotten to the point that as soon as I get back from range shooting session and clean my ML's, I restock everything right then. Otherwise, the next time I'll get to the range with my powder flask almost empty or no round balls in the bag or no patches or not enough No. 11's. And, I may be the king of dry-ball musketry. I need to shut my mouth at the gun range and concentrate. Concentrating is hard to do sometimes when AR brass is flying all over the place and I'm taking 5 minutes between shots. But, I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm beginning to think I'm not going to get any younger.

 
MN284 
32 Cal.
Posts: 21
MN284
01-24-18 08:51 PM - Post#1665653    

    In response to SgtMaj

"Concentrating is hard to do sometimes when AR brass is flying all over the place and I'm taking 5 minutes between shots"

Yes, but I always notice my ML groups are better than those from the AR-types.

Tom

 
SgtMaj 
40 Cal.
Posts: 385
SgtMaj
01-24-18 09:25 PM - Post#1665658    

    In response to MN284

So are mine ... much better!

 
Colorado Clyde 
Cannon
Posts: 15524
Colorado Clyde
01-24-18 09:45 PM - Post#1665662    

    In response to MN284

  • MN284 Said:
"Concentrating is hard to do sometimes when AR brass is flying all over the place

Tom



Especially if one finds it's way past your shirt collar and down your shirt.


 
Mean Gene 
40 Cal.
Posts: 391
Mean Gene
01-26-18 02:36 AM - Post#1665891    

    In response to Colorado Clyde

Maybe I should try that, dry balled my gun again today.... some people can't chew gum and walk, I can't load my gun and talk.

 
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