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  1. bpd303

    Interesting smoothbore.

    I bought a long barreled percussion muzzleloader from an old timer about 20 years ago that was described as a poke stock shotgun. It is smooth bore and 20ga wads fit and fire fine with an ounce of shot over 2 1/4 drams of FFG. It looks like the lock is a Springfield with a modified hammer, but...
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    CVA .50 Hawken nipple blow out.

    A friend was shooting his .50 CVA Hawken and had the nipple blow out on him shooting 90 gr Goex FFG with a 325 gr maxi-ball. The CVA manual lists 100 gr as the maximum load. He thought the nipple may have been cross threaded at one time. I picked up an oversize nipple from TOW which is 7.1mm...
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    Good showing for Pedersoli shooters

    Not bad for a bunch of production gun shooters. Congratulations to all...
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    Double barrel 16-gauge flintlock shotgun.

    While at the Saunder’s Memorial Muzzle shoot, I picked up this flintlock double barrel shotgun. The vendor didn’t know anything about it. When I put it to my shoulder and pointed it several times it seemed like it was made for me. Anyway because I didn’t have a flintlock double, after checking...
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    CVA .54 Hawken for the record books

    I just bought a CVA .54 caliber Hawken from our local pawn shop for cheap. The guy at the shop said that the previous owner could not get it to shoot and the gun has never been fired. I dropped the ram rod down and it appeared to have a load in it, although the previous owner said he had pulled...
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    My newest smoothbore

    I just received this smoothbore off Gunbroker. It is in pretty good condition for a late 1800 early 1900 piece and after checking it out, I think it will be a shooter. The seller had it listed as a "George Washington era" gun. :idunno: :slap: An Ashmore back action lock. Kinda reminds...
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    Howard “Bear” Chandler

    I had known “Bear” for 30 years, first meeting him at the first Muzzle Shoot I attended in Berryville Arkansas in 1984. I knew of him through his employment at the Arkansas Crime Lab as the Chief Document Examiner. Sat with him at his “camp” many times and learned much from him. He will be...
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    The Kentucky Rifle

    While reading my copy of Man at Arms, I ran across this link to a very interesting article from the Edenton Historical Commission. The Kentucky Rifle: Is it a utilitarian tool or artwork? Thought others might enjoy it. http://ehcnc.org/decorative-arts/historic-trades/the-kentucky-rifle/
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    Jaeger project rifle...

    I picked up this original German Jaeger off of Gunbroker for $140. I figured the lock alone would be worth the cost. When it came in I was pleasantly surprised as it's in much better shape than I thought it would be in. The barrel/bore is in very good shape, no rust or pitting. It is marked...
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    Log on

    Just tonight when I go to the forum the log on has a different name and password on it other than mine. I've cleared my cache, cookies and active log on's but the problem still exists. ????? The name and password is one I have never used. What is up with that?
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    Converted a Trapdoor Springfield to a muzzleloader

    I remember when the kids were small a lot of things we bought for them at Christmas came with the note some assembly required. I have had a conversion barrel made by Numerich Arms to convert a Trapdoor Springfield to a muzzleloader in .45 caliber. Every time I had to switch the barrels back and...
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    Colloidal graphite wads

    Just wondering if anyone has used any colloidal graphite wads in their muzzleloaders. I have some in ribbon form that I use in B P cartridges but have never tried them with my muzzleloaders. The information on the package says creates a non-slipping, graphite lubricating, gas sealing wad. They...
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    popping caps to clear nipple

    There was a question on the hunting forum about clearing the nipple and flash channel prior to a hunt. Almost universally the answer is to pop at least a couple of caps prior to loading. I used to do that but with the difficulty in obtaining caps for some I thought this might be of interest...
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    My quasi target rifle…

    I bought this rifle off of an auction site in 2011 for $180 thinking I could use the parts if nothing else. The seller said that his father had built it and had won many matches with it. After receiving it I thought what an ugly gun. It is a 50 caliber with a coned muzzle and a 1:48 twist barrel...
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    Pedersoli .45 Kentucky Standard Flintlock Rifle

    While at the Berryville Muzzle Shoot last weekend I ran across this nice Pedersoli flintlock. I thought for the asking price there must be something wrong with it. I checked it over as best I could and a couple of gun builders I trust thought it was OK so I plunked down my $225 and brought it...
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    Just acquired an original fowling piece…

    While at the Berryville Muzzleshoot, I found this original fowling piece. It is in good shape considering it was probably made in the mid to late 1800s. The barrel has an early 1810 Liege proof ELG over * in oval without the crown, a Belgium proof house inspectors mark crown over G. On the lock...
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    Round gun rack

    I needed to find an inexpensive way to hold some of my long rifles. Being frugal (cheap) and somewhat of a pack rat ironmonger/blacksmith I decided to make one from on hand materials. Besides I just didn’t like the looks of the commercial round racks. All total I think I’ve got about 6 hours...
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    J. Withers over/under

    I posted on another forum but no one had any info on this over-under rifle/smoothbore so I thought I would try here. It is a 40 caliber rifled barrel over a .600 smooth bore barrel. Has a back action mule eared side slapper lock with the makers name J. Withers on the lock and barrel. I went...
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    One of two Hatfields I received for my birthday

    I was able to pick up two Hatfield rifles that were a bargain, because they needed some work. My wife didn't know it at the time but she got them for my birthday present. :wink: She wouldn't let me shoot them until I had checked them out and addressed the problems they had. Yesterday I was able...
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    My GGGrandfather Captain Henry Monroe Haven

    A little off topic but amazing to me. My father passed down to me a set of Union buttons and Sgt. chevrons that belonged to My GGGrandfather Captain Henry Monroe Haven, who served with the 23rd Ohio Infantry commanded by Rutherford B. Hayes. On another site there was a link to gunmakers of Ohio...
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