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  1. Notchy Bob

    T/C Mainspring Compression Tool

    I recently acquired a "beater" T/C Hawken that I have taken on as a project gun. I have owned a T/C Renegade and a Seneca for years, but have only taken them down enough for detail cleaning after shooting and I've never tried disassembling a T/C lock until now. I am very familiar and...
  2. Notchy Bob

    Another Old Knife

    I just got this one recently. I don't know how old it is... I would guess early 20th century... but it looks old, and it has a homely, backwoods style that really appeals to me. The blade on this one, handle to tip, is just a smidge over 7.5", and the overall length is about 12.375". Maximum...
  3. Notchy Bob

    Those California Rifles, Again

    The topic of California rifles comes up on this forum now and then. We had a pretty good discussion in a thread started by @BP Addict a couple of months ago (see What is a California Rifle?), and more recently @sequoia started a thread and posted a photo of a really cool old California bear...
  4. Notchy Bob

    An Old Green River Knife

    This arrived in the mail yesterday: I bought it off Ebay. The seller had it listed in an auction and there were no bids. He relisted it and indicated he would consider offers. I made an offer of about the amount you would pay for one of the new, currently produced Green River knives. He...
  5. Notchy Bob

    A Comparison: The Zouave and the Mississippi

    I don't know if this will be of interest to anybody or not, but here goes... My brother contacted me about a friend of his who had an 1863 muzzleloading rifle with a charge in it that didn't "go off." The fellow needed help clearing his gun. With some trepidation, I accepted the challenge...
  6. Notchy Bob

    Hudson's Bay Camp Knives

    The topic of Hudson's Bay Camp knives came up in the Classified section, and rather than divert attention from the forum member's ad, we can move the discussion over here. Just to be clear, we are talking about knives like this one: I don't remember how I first heard about these, but it was...
  7. Notchy Bob

    Pedersoli's M1854 Lorenz Rifle

    Do any of you folks own one of these? This thread is specifically concerned with the Pedersoli M1854 Lorenz replica, not the originals or the other Italian remakes. I believe Pedersoli rolled this one out in 2017, or thereabouts. I'm not seriously considering getting one of these. Not...
  8. Notchy Bob

    Some Fire Steels

    I didn't start out to be a fire steel collector. It just sort of happened. There is another thread about fire steels that made me think about some I have accumulated, and I thought there might be some interest. All of these in the first picture were forged by Don Abbott, a great fellow and...
  9. Notchy Bob

    Some Questions Regarding Percussion Sharps Rifles

    I've taken more of an interest in Sharps rifles recently. I already have a basic C. Sharps Hartford model in .45-70, but would like to know more about shooting the percussion models. Not so much the historical information... I already have Sharps Firearms by Frank Sellers, Sharps Rifle: The...
  10. Notchy Bob

    POLL: Who Would Buy a .526" or .527" round Ball Mould?

    Some .54 caliber rifles and pistols like a ball a little smaller than the usually recommended .530". Lyman used to make a .526" round ball mould, and Lee made one in .527", but these have both been discontinued. Used ones are hard to find. Out of curiosity, I'd like to know who would want to...
  11. Notchy Bob

    Question About Original 1863 Springfields

    I've been cleaning up an 1863 Springfield rifle musket which underwent "sporterization" after the war, i.e. the barrel was shortened and reamed smooth, a bead front sight was installed and the rear sight removed, and the forend was professionally cut back just a few inches forward of the lowest...
  12. Notchy Bob

    An Unusual Photograph for You Texas Folks

    I found this interesting photo of "Judge" Roy Bean. We think of him as a rascally Justice of the Peace in west Texas in the late 19th century, but Judge Bean was born in 1825, in Kentucky, and he traveled around quite a bit before settling in Texas. Anyway, take a gander at this: I'm sure...
  13. Notchy Bob

    Original 1863 Springfield Questions

    We have an original M1863 Springfield rifle musket that was "sporterized" after the war. The forend was shortened to a half-stock with only one band remaining, the barrel was reamed smooth, and the original sights were removed and a simple bead sight was installed. Most of them had a single...
  14. Notchy Bob

    WANTED May/June 1979 Issue of MUZZLELOADER Magazine

    I would like to get a copy of the May/June 1979 issue of MUZZLELOADER magazine in good condition. If you have one of these you'd be willing to part with, please let me know. I check the forum as well as private messages pretty often. If you would prefer not to sell a single issue and have a...
  15. Notchy Bob

    Traditional Knapping Hammers?

    That short excerpt was from John Treat Irving's Indian Notes, page 95. the statement that interests me is down near the bottom, "...the soldiers took the precaution to hammer their flints, and renew the priming of their guns." I have no doubt that Mr. Irving meant the soldiers knapped the...
  16. Notchy Bob

    WANTED Book: "Big Bat" Pourier

    Friends, I'm hoping to find a decent copy of this book: "Big Bat" Pourier, written by Hila Gilbert, published by The Mills Company of Sheridan, Wyoming in 1968, 82 pages paperback. This is the biography of Baptiste Eugene Pourier (1843-1928). Mr. Pourier was a "Frenchman" from St. Louis...
  17. Notchy Bob

    An Unusual Hawken

    The current issue of True West magazine (May 2021) has a ten-page article on the "Top 12 Guns That Tamed The Wild West." Number one on the list, and the only muzzle-loading long gun represented, is the "Hawken Plains Rifle." Spanning the tops of the first two pages of the article is a...
  18. Notchy Bob

    "Man at Arms" magazine & the James Beckwourth Rifle

    I'm interested in learning more about the rifle that is believed to have been owned by James Beckwourth, the mountain man. Here is a picture of the man, with a rifle... ...and here is the rifle, which may or may not be the one in the photo: As we all know, images in those early...
  19. Notchy Bob

    A Question for You Idaho Boys

    Have you ever heard of a late 19th-century guide or packer named Irving Roy "Cougar" Anderson? I believe he was based in the Coeur d'Alene area. If you have heard of him, what can you tell me about him? I was browsing around on the web and ended up on the website for Cisco's Gallery. This is...
  20. Notchy Bob

    Some Notes on the Black Hawk War

    The Muzzleloading Forum has been up and running for a number of years now, and it sees a lot of traffic. Sometimes it's fun to just dive into the "back pages" of old posts and see what comes up. I found this short but interesting thread in the section labeled "The Plains": 1832 Black Hawk War...
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