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  1. Ontario47

    Buckhorn 209 in a percussion side lock

    Ask this question on 'modernmuzzleloader.com' What rifle do you have, are planning on using?
  2. Ontario47

    I would like to identify this sight on my T/C Hawken

    If you don't like the fixed sight you can swap it for the original adjustable style. The screws and threaded holes are already there.
  3. Ontario47

    This screw won't budge!

    Pull the cylinder and see if the front trigger guard screw hole is all the way thru the bottom of the frame, they usually are. More penetrating oil/solvent, tap both top and bottom of screw, freeze, heat, oil, more soak time, tighten,loosen (carefully) repeat. heat the frame not the screw.
  4. Ontario47

    Left handed vrs right

    I have the "sinister affliction". I am left handed and left eye dominant. Sinister= left eye, Dexter=right eye. Since you said you are a left hand shooter, I assume you are left eye dominant. I built a lefty kit and would recommend that especially in a flint long gun. If you are going to...
  5. Ontario47

    Please forgive my ignorance. Patch and/or wad question.

    The sealing of air rifle pellets and minnie (mini,minie,minni) bullets is the same process, Both have to be made of pure lead to be soft enough for the skirt to expand to the depth of the rifling. Both have to have a head/front band/area that rides on the rifling lands without rattling around...
  6. Ontario47

    FOR SALE 1795 Springfield

    More and sharper pictures, Please.
  7. Ontario47

    Hopkins & Allen question

    Apparent weak hammer spring/trigger guard problem can be caused by wear of the rear mounting surface and/or screw or loose screw. Be sure the spring is held as far forward as possible and is not rocking on worn surfaces. A shouldered screw or shim in the front of the spring hole could help. A...
  8. Ontario47

    Same Caliber For Rifle and Fusil?

    A.H. Did load development result with the same ball/patch combination or ball for both rifle and smoothbore? It was and still is a "thing" to have a rifle and pistol combination that used the same cartridge (eg. 44/40 WCF) . And a number of military smoothbore muskets and pistols were intended...
  9. Ontario47

    Hopkins & Allen question

    Watch the trigger movement as you cock the hammer on a lock with no sear . The trigger will (should) be farther forward just before the trigger nose falls into the half cock and farther rearward just before it falls into the full cock notch. Unless you are superhuman at releasing the trigger...
  10. Ontario47

    That funny forearm thingy?

    Repair of "duffle cut" War souvenir stock (cut in two) to fit in a duffle bag.
  11. Ontario47

    How Much Powder Is Too Much

    If you had some magic gun powder that would accelerate a bullet fast enough to make it out of the barrel at the same time NOT producing enough combustion gas (at standard temp and pressure -14.7psi) to fill the volume of the barrel there would be some vacuum created as the bullet slowed down...
  12. Ontario47

    How Much Powder Is Too Much

    Barrel full of BP:
  13. Ontario47

    How Much Powder Is Too Much

    Not interested??? 14.7 pounds per square inch pressure is created by the weight of a column of air 1" square base X the height of the earth's atmosphere (about 62 miles). Once the pressure at the powder chamber of a gun has fallen to 14.7 lbs there is no reason for the leftover gasses to move...
  14. Ontario47

    Should I Buy a Colt’s Pocket 1849 .31?

    Watch 'capandball' "Most popular percussion revolvers" on youtube.
  15. Ontario47

    Stripped screw help

    I have been a motorcycle mechanic and IBM repair technician for decades, I have several 3/8" impact drivers and will have to find a 1/4" impact driver shown above. They are wonderful. My suggestions in order: High quality proper fitting tool/bit/socket. Penetrating oil/solvent with time and...
  16. Ontario47


    I have purchased several BP and cartridge guns from Gun Broker, and have had only one bad experience. Read all the feedback reviews carefully and stay away from fuzzy sparse pictures or ANY hint of bad reviews. The one Pedersoli inline arrived well packed with the front sight and stripped...
  17. Ontario47

    What size balls? And does silk work?

    Patch thickness? See above, the timing and order of replies appears out of sequence. My micrometer method compresses the material a lot. The correct thickness is determined by the ease/difficulty of loading, the expected accuracy, and the condition of the fired patch.