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    Squirrel rifle options

    Great pictures! I recently changed to 3F powder for my T/C Hawken .50 Cal. I have a nice light load that is pretty consistent in this gun. I get a little over 1200 fps. out of 39 grains of Goex fffg. Do you think that's still too fast for a body shot with a .49" round ball? The load is more...
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    Hoosier Rebel

    After I read your welcome post, I found some posts about converting (re-boring) an old, pitted rifled barrel that would fit my gun. It seems that there is plenty of metal in a .50 Cal. T/C Hawken barrel to make it into a .54 - .58 Cal. smoothbore. As you said, it wouldn't be an authentic...
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    Squirrel rifle options

    The search is on! I'll keep saving my pennies until I find the right deal.
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    Squirrel rifle options

    I met a guy at the range where I shoot, who built an experimental .22 Cal. black powder rifle. He was testing loads. He used several projectiles, including some 40 grain lead bullets pulled from some cheap .22LR ammo. I didn't get his name, but I wish I had. He was getting near 1" groups @ 25...
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    Hoosier Rebel

    After read your suggestions, Bill, I spoke to my brother about doing the woodswalk. I hadn't realized there was such a thing. My brother has been too timid to try, and I'm kinda the same way. But I believe I can talk him into going down with me to actually shoot this year. It ain't so scary when...
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    Hoosier Rebel

    I've had the pleasure of attending Friendship, but I haven't had the nerve to shoot there. I'm just learning the meaning of primitive, so a lot of my stuff is a little out of place among the di-hard authentics. I'm gettin' there, but it'll take time to arrive. Thanks for the warm welcome!
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    first firing of my first muzzleloader

    I was having a similar problem. One of the guys at the last meet showed me his method, and it works better for me than using lube between shots. He places a patch on his tongue after starting the ball with his starter. Next, he takes the spit-patch off of his tongue and centers it around his...
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    Hoosier Rebel

    I am not often accused of being overly brief. When necessary, I have been concise. When pushed, I can be terse. But mostly, verbosity reigns king in my writing (and speaking). It is both a gift . . . and a curse! Believe it or not, I am working on changing my vebose ways. It is truly a struggle...
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    Hoosier Rebel

    Hello. My name is Greg Hodnett, and I am a transplanted "Hoosier." That means I live in Indiana, and have for most of my life, but I was born in Mississipi. I am a fifty-seven-year-old husband, and the father of two great kids. We live out the midwestern values that seem to define this...
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    New Caps: The latest Remington #11 & CCI Musket caps

    Thanks for the tip. The last pipe cleaners I got came from a tobacco store, and they were severly overpriced. I don't smoke, so I wouldn't normally go there anyway.
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    .44 cal Piettas

    TO FILL OR NOT TO FILL? -- I shoot with a good friend who has been shooting 40 grains of 3f in a very stout New Army .44. He has the original cylinder plus 3 extras. He loads his cylinders with a doo-dad that presses all 6 balls at the same time. The cylinders on his gun are part of a...
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    New Caps: The latest Remington #11 & CCI Musket caps

    I can tell you about my cleaning experience. It may or may not square with other people's techniques, but it worked for me. If it sounds too simplistic for you, I apologize. But it's because there might be some new shooters (or some who are new to black powder) who may read this. If yours is a...
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    Clean-out Port on T/C Hawken

    You're 100% correct. That was some REAL thread sealer. I had a tough time breaking it loose :redface: . I have an old T/C manual, and I got a new one too -- free for the asking. I called their contact number, and they were happy to look up my serial number so I would know the approximate year...
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    .44 cal Piettas

    Good for you! You've got a leg-up on the bad guys, for sure. I was robbed at gunpoint in 2004, before I started carrying a handgun. The whole time the crook had the pistol on me, he held it sideways. At the point where I broke away and ran, he took a shot and missed. I wasn't looking, but I...
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