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okawbow 
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okawbow
02-06-18 11:27 AM - Post#1667998    


Got the hand rubbed oil/varnish finish completed after 10 applications and 20 days.

I hope to get to the range this week to see how the gun shoots. I still need to file down the sights to get it on target.

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okawbow 
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okawbow
02-06-18 11:44 AM - Post#1668005    

    In response to okawbow

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Colorado Clyde 
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Colorado Clyde
02-06-18 12:41 PM - Post#1668013    

    In response to okawbow

That turned out nice.....

Only one thing remains.......Shoot it.


 
tc1969 
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02-06-18 06:50 PM - Post#1668080    

    In response to Colorado Clyde

Fantastic craftsmanship. Looking forward to a range report.

 
22fowl 
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02-07-18 11:53 AM - Post#1668220    

    In response to tc1969

That's Pretty Neat!..Will you take it hunting?

 
okawbow 
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okawbow
02-07-18 01:08 PM - Post#1668230    

    In response to 22fowl

  • 22fowl Said:
That's Pretty Neat!..Will you take it hunting?



I plan on working up a turkey load and using it this spring. I’ll also try it deer hunting if I get the chance. A 600 grain ball moving at any speed should make an impact. I think one could throw the ball hard enough to do some damage.

 
Colorado Clyde 
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Colorado Clyde
02-07-18 03:48 PM - Post#1668251    

    In response to okawbow

Take it squirrel hunting...


 
hawkeye2 
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hawkeye2
02-07-18 10:45 PM - Post#1668313    

    In response to okawbow

Okawabow, that's a beautiful piece. I hope you are planing on head shots, a 600 grain ball hitting a turkey anywhere else would only leave you with feathers.

 
okawbow 
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okawbow
02-08-18 07:53 AM - Post#1668356    

    In response to hawkeye2

2 ounces of #6 shot in a 48” barrel should give me a good pattern at 25 yards, I hope. I’ll try the load with the thick lubed wad on top of the shot. I’ve been using it in my 12 gauge for a couple years with good results on turkeys.

 
Tinker2 
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02-08-18 01:28 PM - Post#1668419    

    In response to okawbow

Very nice







William Alexander


 
okawbow 
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okawbow
02-08-18 02:02 PM - Post#1668422    

    In response to okawbow

I got to go to the range today, but some how managed to leave out the bag that had my match cord in it.

Not wanting to totally waste the time and miles to the range, I used a long necked gas lighter to set off the gun. I managed a half dozen shots with the lighter.

The shots with ball grouped about 4 inches at 25 yards, as I was filing the sights after each shot to get the gun on target. I was using 70 grains 2f Grafs, and a small wad of tow under the ball. I also used a little tow over the ball. The shot produced a nice "crack", so the velocity was fair.

I also managed a pattern shot with 70 gr. 2f and 1 1/2 oz #6 shot, again at 25 yards. I used powder, 1 over powder wad, shot, 1 over shot thin card, and a greased fiber wad over that. Here is the pattern. Encouraging so far.

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22fowl 
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02-09-18 10:59 AM - Post#1668527    

    In response to okawbow

Nothing wrong with that shot pattern...

are you using a steel rod for front sight?
Matchlocks are new to me..

Next time try your boot laces for match cord..

 
okawbow 
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okawbow
02-09-18 01:57 PM - Post#1668549    

    In response to 22fowl

I remembered the match cord today and had a good shooting session. In about 20 shots, the gun fired fast, every time, with no misfires. My homemade cord seemed to burn too fast, but maybe not. I usually got about 4 shots off with a 5" long piece of cord.

My 25 yard target with ball, was encouraging. The circle is 2 1/2". I used 70 grains 2F Grafs powder.
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My 25 yard 1 5/8 oz #6 shot load with 80 grains 2f Grafs was even, but I only got 4 killing hits, but 2 in the brain. He would have been very dead.

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Colorado Clyde 
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Colorado Clyde
02-09-18 04:07 PM - Post#1668574    

    In response to okawbow

Looks like it will make a God deer rifle


 
okawbow 
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okawbow
02-09-18 04:49 PM - Post#1668582    

    In response to Colorado Clyde

  • Colorado Clyde Said:
Looks like it will make a God deer rifle



I think so, if I can get used to carrying around a lit match. The group opened up to about 6” at 50 yards, but still should put one in the boiler room of a deer. I’m sure I can improve a little on group size, also. So far, I’ve only tried .735 balls with tow wadding. Could be a thin patch, or a wad under the ball will group better. I’ll try more and less powder also.

I’ll also try a paper shot cup for my turkey load.

The barrel loads very nice. The bore is smooth and consistent all the way down. I used high pressure hydraulic cylinder tube that has a very accurate and smooth bore surface. It is normalized and annealed to provide a very stable finished barrel that doesn’t move when it heats up.





 
Colorado Clyde 
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Colorado Clyde
02-09-18 06:01 PM - Post#1668608    

    In response to Colorado Clyde

  • Colorado Clyde Said:
Looks like it will make a God good deer rifle




Oops....Minor spelling error.


 
Flint62Smoothie 
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Flint62Smoothie
02-09-18 09:43 PM - Post#1668651    

    In response to okawbow

  • okawbow Said:
My homemade cord seemed to burn too fast, but maybe not. I usually got about 4 shots off with a 5" long piece of cord.


Glad you got her out shooting!

FWIW the matchcord that I buy from a guy noted for making matchcord ‘times’ it that it burns at the rate of about 1-inch in 9-minutes, if that helps you out at all.

Link = http://www.metamuseum.com/us/slowmatch/Index.cfm?F=E44

His website is a great resouce for us “brothers of the slow match”!
All my MZLs will shoot into a ragged ~1/2" hole ALL DAY LONG... it's just the 2nd & 3rd shots that open the group!


 
okawbow 
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okawbow
02-09-18 10:29 PM - Post#1668657    

    In response to Flint62Smoothie

I made my cord by hand braiding 3 strands of 1/8” 4 ply jute cord from Walmart and soaking it in water with a couple tablespoons of black powder mixed in, for an hour or two, then drying flat. It lights easily and burns well without spitting. I’d estimate that it burns about 1” every 5 minutes.

 
Flint62Smoothie 
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02-10-18 08:54 AM - Post#1668693    

    In response to okawbow

  • okawbow Said:
I made my cord by hand braiding 3 strands of 1/8” 4 ply jute cord from Walmart and soaking it in water with a couple tablespoons of black powder mixed in, for an hour or two, then drying flat. It lights easily and burns well without spitting. I’d estimate that it burns about 1” every 5 minutes.


I’ll have to try that recipe & method - thank you sir!
All my MZLs will shoot into a ragged ~1/2" hole ALL DAY LONG... it's just the 2nd & 3rd shots that open the group!


 
RJDH 
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02-10-18 02:02 PM - Post#1668746    

    In response to okawbow

Mine also burns about an inch in 5 minutes Oakabow.
Have made it with gunpowder and also just with wood ashes.

Took my new short snapping matchlock out last season, and Did get within 50 yard range of a nice buck, but he was hidden behind an awful lot of spruce branches. could just see him, but nothing much to shoot at. He knew something was up and stood V still, me moving may match ahead from time to time.
Anyway, "whilst attending to my match" he crossed the only clear bit!...just saw his backside as he disappeared again!
Mebbe Next year!


 
Teleoceras 
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Teleoceras
02-11-18 01:05 PM - Post#1668881    

    In response to okawbow

Okawbow:

Very nice work!

Glad to see she is a good shooter as well! May she give you many years of fun!

Slowmatch Forever!
Teleoceras

 
okawbow 
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okawbow
02-14-18 08:18 AM - Post#1669319    

    In response to Teleoceras

I shot the matchlock again yesterday. Tried 80 grains of Old Eynsford 1 1/2 F powder. Used a .735 ball with a very thin patch from a old dress shirt.

I hit the middle of a 6” round steel target 3 straight times at 50yards. Should be a good deer gun. My 20 yard groups were also very good with no fliers. Best of all, the gun loaded easily every shot without wiping between shots. Used Balistol mix for lube.

 
Flint62Smoothie 
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Flint62Smoothie
02-14-18 11:41 AM - Post#1669346    

    In response to okawbow

  • okawbow Said:
Used Balistol mix for lube.


Wet? Dry?

NICE shootin’
All my MZLs will shoot into a ragged ~1/2" hole ALL DAY LONG... it's just the 2nd & 3rd shots that open the group!


 
okawbow 
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okawbow
02-14-18 12:09 PM - Post#1669355    

    In response to Flint62Smoothie

I used wet lube because I forgot to bring my loading rod and jag. I used the wood rod on the gun and the ball pushed down easily once it was started.

I think the Old Eynsford 1 1/2f burned cleaner than the 2f Grafs and 1f unknown brand powder I had tried before. Very little fowling and cleaned up easily.

 
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