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    Unreliable ignition Traditions Hawken Percussion

    Picked up my Traditions .54 Hawken several months ago used but in good condition. I used the number 11 nipple it came with until it wore out. With this nipple I had good reliability. When it came time to switch I got a Traditions musket nipple with the correct thread. Reliability went to crap...
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    Historical question regarding combat with muzzleloading rifles

    A big thank you to those who took the time to type out all that interesting information. I learned quite a bit. I didn't realize were rifled muskets. I also changed what I do during loading and had a much easier time of loading today.
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    Historical question regarding combat with muzzleloading rifles

    Thank for the insight Dave. I am still a newbie. Where might I find patches with a selection of different thicknesses? Normally I'm lucky if I can find them at all. Do you Lube your patches? If so with what?
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    Channel Flash Rust

    I was using real black powder the other day for the first time. Up until then I have been using substitutes. Apparently my cleaning routine was inadequate for black powder. I encountered flash rust for the first time. I was able to get the barrel under control as well as the area under the...
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    Historical question regarding combat with muzzleloading rifles

    Something I have been pondering is how it they fought with rifles back in the day. I know from experience with my rifle I can get two maybe three shots without cleaning. One time I did an experiment to see how many shots I could fire without cleaning. By shot number three the barrel was so...
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    Pine Sented Bore Butter

    Somehow I overlooked that thank you
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    Pine Sented Bore Butter

    Does anyone else really love that fresh pine smell? I loved it so much bought one of those wax sent diffusers and melted pine bore butter in it to aromafy my gun room. The smell brings many memories. Anyway I am having a hard time finding my beloved pine sent . Has anyone else had this trouble?
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    Traditions Hawken Rusted Clean Out Screw

    I sprayed some WD-40 on it I will see what happens. At this point I'm inclined to agree. I was thinking about a Muzzleloader I had in the past that was almost exactly the same but newer and it didn't even have the clean out screw. I don't know anything about Traditions serial numbers but I must...
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    Traditions Hawken Rusted Clean Out Screw

    Well it's good to hear that it's not a lost cause if this doesn't work. In the event that it is welded in what is the best way to clean that fire channel?
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    Traditions Hawken Rusted Clean Out Screw

    Thank you for the rapid replies. I think I'll give WD40 a shot and hope it won't come to a blowtorch.
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    Traditions Hawken Rusted Clean Out Screw

    Hello I recently picked up a .54 Traditions Hawken pawn shop special. It needed some TLC for some minimal rust. The one problem I have run into is that the clean out screw under the nipple is rusted shut. I have tried using as much force as I care to as I don't want to strip the screw creating...
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