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Deputy Dog 
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02-14-18 02:14 PM - Post#1669387    

    In response to edmelott

I do not carry a measure, instead I carry three pre-measured plastic tubes with rubber stoppers. I have never used more than one. These are the test tubes I got from a veterinarian. He uses them to send in blood samples for a brucellosis test on cattle. Keep yer powder dry......robin

 
Griz44Mag 
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02-14-18 06:53 PM - Post#1669427    

    In response to edmelott

This year, my first year to hunt deer with black powder, I wore my coat with the big button down pockets. I carried a small brass flask flask with a push button valve with an 80gr nozzle on it. It holds 4 charges. I carried a bullet board with three bullet holes in it, loaded with patches and balls and a stripper with caps. I used the rod that came with the gun. I loaded the first round before leaving camp from my shooter box, leaving me three rounds for field re-loading. I never had to reload, so it all worked out just fine.


 
Fyrstyk 
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02-15-18 07:37 AM - Post#1669492    

    In response to Griz44Mag

For small game hunting, where it is anticipated that I will take several shots in an outing, I carry a small flask or horn with a fixed measure attached. For big game hunting, I carry a home made board that contains two plastic vials to hold my powder charges, two bored holes for the caliber gun I am shooting that hold patched round balls,a small built-in ball started, and a small leather strip with holes to hold 4 caps, or in the case of my flintlock, a leather sleeve to hold my primer flask.

 
hanshi 
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02-15-18 02:03 PM - Post#1669563    

    In response to edmelott

For deer size game I often carry premeasured charges and don't concern myself with small game. If a shooting bag is carried, I have measures I made from antler and rivercane. Small game means a small rifle for me.

 
okawbow 
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okawbow
02-15-18 06:37 PM - Post#1669601    

    In response to hanshi

For a light charge with any rifle, I hold a ball in the palm of my hand, and pour just enough powder to cover the top. Comes out just right for squirrels.

 
edmelott 
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edmelott
02-15-18 08:52 PM - Post#1669634    

    In response to okawbow

  • okawbow Said:
For a light charge with any rifle, I hold a ball in the palm of my hand, and pour just enough powder to cover the top. Comes out just right for squirrels.


Sounds like a good idea


 
Stumpkiller 
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02-15-18 08:58 PM - Post#1669636    

    In response to okawbow

  • okawbow Said:
For a light charge with any rifle, I hold a ball in the palm of my hand, and pour just enough powder to cover the top. Comes out just right for squirrels.



That used to be the way to come up with the standard service load for deer and heathen saĆ¹vages.
"Don't take life too serious - it ain't nohow permanent."


 
Rifleman1776 
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02-16-18 10:14 AM - Post#1669710    

    In response to Griz44Mag

  • Quote:
small brass flask



Loading directly from a flask is considered a very dangerous practice. These were primarily a military use item where the occasional soldier getting a hand and/or face blown off was an acceptable loss in return for a rapid rate of fire. Use your flask but pour the powder into a separate measure before dumping down the bore.

 
Kansas Jake 
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02-16-18 10:20 AM - Post#1669712    

    In response to Rifleman1776

I carry a small flask with a pre measure spout for my 32 when hunting and target shooting. I drop the powder into an empty cartridge case and dump it into the barrel from there. I don't like the idea of a 1/4 pound of powder in the flask going bang in my hand.

 
Rifleman1776 
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02-16-18 01:58 PM - Post#1669758    

    In response to Kansas Jake

  • Kansas Jake Said:
I carry a small flask with a pre measure spout for my 32 when hunting and target shooting. I drop the powder into an empty cartridge case and dump it into the barrel from there. I don't like the idea of a 1/4 pound of powder in the flask going bang in my hand.






 
dsayer 
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03-24-18 04:37 AM - Post#1676002    

    In response to marmotslayer

  • marmotslayer Said:
When I'm hunting deer or elk, I'm automatically loaded for them and the quick and ready measure is for the big game load. However, I also have an adjustable measure in the bag.

From a practical standpoint, if I have a small game opportunity the first shot will be the heavy load. The second shot could be a light load if there is a second shot opportunity but it ends up being another heavy charge in case I don't get to take the shot.

But this is all about the hunting circumstances. For me, Blue grouse will be the only legal small game and headshots on them are easy because it's easy to get close.

I have set off on dedicated small game hunts with a .50 and loaded with 35 grains. It still needs to be headshots though.

If I were to carry a dedicated measure along I'd pick one from Zonies list and go with it.



I was thinking the same thing as I was reading through this thread. My priority is on my big game targets so any smaller critter is likely to get a full load because that's what would be in the barrel.

Blue grouse are common where I elk hunt though. To be perfectly honest, I carry a small caliber pistol for these opportunities. However, now that I'm thinking about it (and to follow board guidelines), my Plains Pistol would be fun to carry for this purpose.


 
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