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    Black powder gunsmith, Georgia?

    Anybody know of a smith in Georgia particularly good with black powder guns? Years ago we had a great one in Bob Watts at Stone Mountain Armory. Unfortunately, Bob passed away some time ago, and I have not been able to find another one anywhere near his competence level with smoky guns. My...

    $1,000 budget (set on stone): What should I recommend?

    A range acquaintance wants to transition from percussion sidelocks to flintlocks, and is looking to me to recommend what he should buy because he sees me shooting my Kibler with few, and usually no, misfires. He has a hard budget of a grand, so that pretty much rules out any custom rifles. So...

    Another Balistol question

    Can somebody please answer this question for my: When I clean my flinter, I always run patches until they come out clean, then coat the inside of the barrel with a final coat of Ballistol. This is what I did on Tuesday, and my patches were nearly spotless at the end. However, I came back into...

    Headed to the range today with my .54 Kibler Colonial

    Well, I've got a new I-phone and I'm having trouble posting photos to the www. Mox Nix, suffice it to say that at 75 yards, groups are still only "minute of deer" (about five inches). Yes, I do believe that the problem lies in my old eyes not being able to hold a fine sight picture at that...

    Headed to the range today with my .54 Kibler Colonial

    Gonna work on trying to tighten up my longer range groups. She does great at 50 yards (2" - 2-1/2" groups), however at 75 yards, she opens up to barely minute-of-deer (6 inches, sometimes more). Who woulda' thunk that the extra 25 yards could make that much difference? The 50-yard groups are...

    Another Balistol question

    Does Balistol provide a degree of rust protection, or not? The reason I ask is I've been cleaning my Kibler Colonial Rifle with moose milk, followed by a light coat of uncut Balistol on all metal surfaces before putting it up. This last time it was stored in its case (climate controlled area)...

    Different lubricant

    I only use moose milk to clean my lock, and as a field cleaner every ten-or-so shots at the range or in a match. For my end of session barrel cleaning, I plug my flash hole and carefully pour a mixture of hot water and Murphy's Oil Soap down the barrel and let it soak for a few minutes. After...


    Flintlock locks are like people; some are just better than others! I now have close to 400 shots from my Kibler, and just changed to my fourth flint. The one I just put in is my first English black flint and has yet to fire a shot. The other three were all French Amber flints that came from...

    Black powder shooting`s getting ex-Pen-SIVE!!!

    Okay, since I started this mess, I'll do some clarification. First, I don't know how I made this post on the Traditional Hunting forum, as I intended to make it on the General Muzzleloading forum. I guess my old eyes saw the word "Traditional" and equated it with Traditional Muzzleloading...
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    Black powder shooting`s getting ex-Pen-SIVE!!!

    Did I mention that I drove 53 miles --one way -- to get there? Hasmat and shipping fees looking more like a bargain every day. I do like the idea of supporting local businesses, though (especially the only brick-and-morter shop in tne state that still carries real black powder).
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    Black powder shooting`s getting ex-Pen-SIVE!!!

    I just came home from Deercreek Gun Store in Marietta, GA, where I paid $50 for a pound of 1.5 f Swiss; $40 for a pound of 2f Schuetzen; and $18 for a tin or #11 percussion caps. Oh well; it's only money!
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    Anybody substituted 1.5f Swiss for 2f Swiss in their flinter?

    Just wondering your results as far as performance?
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    Second range session with Duplex loads

    As I wrote in my post on this subject, I'm getting low on true black powder, and have started experimenting with duplex loads (small amount of real black under a heavier charge of Triple 7, BP substitute) as a means of stretching my remaining BP supplies. Last week I tried loads using 10 grains...
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    Anyone have a source for Swiss 2f?

    Anybody else find Schuetzen to be particularly dirty? When I use it, my cleaning patch budget gets thrown all out of whack!
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    Anyone have a source for Swiss 2f?

    Seems like Schuetzen supplies are loosening up, but the same can't be said for their sister company products. Anyone found any any Swiss powders in stock anywhere?