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    Smoothbore rate of twist?

    If the projectile is complete, weigh it and compare to other balls. It could have a void in it.
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    Hats

    Correct. There are only around 50 true custom hat makers left in North America, and are the only ones you will get a beaver felt hat from. The commercial dealers only carry wool felt. Even if you get a blend of 50/50 beaver/rabbit, you can expect to pay at least $600.
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    Smoothbore rate of twist?

    I know several smooth bore shooters, myself included, that could make life very interesting for a person at 200 yards.
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    Failure to fire rate

    I've dry balled so many times over the years, I've probably saved ten pounds of powder! Catch up, rookie!
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    Failure to fire rate

    I'm not even sure how many flinters I own at the time, I'd have to do a count. I've been shooting them for 47 years, and if I have a misfire, I know exactly what is wrong, fix the problem, and the next try fires properly. From what I see at the shoots around here, cap locks have a much higher...
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    Smoothbore rate of twist?

    Weigh your balls. A void in a ball can cause it to do all sorts of mysterious things.
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    Hats

    H&H Hats, Darby, Montana. Jimmy and Rich are the builders. Rich is Bill Sublette's great great (great great?) grandson. The reason a 100% beaver felt hat is so expensive, I was surprised to find out, it takes 34 beaver bellies to make one! It's not hard to find custom hats that go for $2500+.
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    Rifle Sleeve- period correct advice

    Look at art work of Eastern Indians. Many show them wearing turbans. Many of the turbans in fact were gun cases, being worn as a hat.
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    concealing stock flaws??

    Blend red, yellow, and dark brown dye.
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    Legal powder amount

    Any amount over 50 # requires a magazine. I use an old refrigerator in my shop. I've also notified the local fire department it is there, and have "Danger, Explosives" signs where it is stored.
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    Does a 12 g BP shotgun exist that will shoot a pattern with no holes at 35 yards?

    Holes in the pattern are usually a combination of too much powder, not enough shot.
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    Hats

    I'm poor. I found out years ago, I can't afford to buy cheap stuff.
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    Drilling out flash hole, Results!

    The larger the vent, the larger your groups.
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    NW Trade guns and fowlers

    When Curly started out, I think he was using Mossberg barrels. I'm not sure how many barrel makers supplied the company over the years. When I started building for NSW, Long Hammock was making the barrels, and Matt went to another supplier when Long Hammock was getting swamped with barrel...
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    NW Trade guns and fowlers

    Just a point of interest. Curly was a founder and board of directors member for the Museum of the Fur Trade, in Chadron. Many of the guns on display there are from Curly's personal collection of originals.
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