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    Stuck ball, now with drill bit

    You are welcome.
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    Stuck ball, now with drill bit

    We're not kids anymore? Myself, I left playing games with smokeless powder behind when I was a teenager. There's no way I would use smokeless powder in a muzzleloading barrel, the steel in most modern barrels IS NOT smokeless rated, certified, gun barrel grade steel. The Gunner's Mate tool in...
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    Stuck ball, now with drill bit

    I am aware that the OP has been able to get the stuck ball and drill bit removed. Since this thread was still on the first page of the forum, I thought instead of starting another thread to introduce the Gunner's Mate tool, I would just add it here to this thread because of all the interest in...
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    Stuck ball, now with drill bit

    Davec2 over at ALR, has a company named The Lucky Bag, where he sells an incredible tool that he calls The Gunner's Mate. It's an all brass & steel, 10-in-1 tool aimed at the flintlock shooter, but would be equally at home in the bag/patch box of a percussion rifle...
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    Why bead front sights on factory long range (300+yd) (40&45cal) rifles?

    Daryl Sapergia, who posts on ALR with the screen name DARYL, and lives up in British Columbia, Canada, makes his brass bead sights very specifically to both gather light in dim conditions, and to enhance being seen at all times of the day. He does this because of his own ageing eyesight. His...
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    SOLD .40 cal Flintlock SMR/Kibler

    Jim is rifling these .40 caliber barrels in-house, from Green Mountain drilled & reamed barrel blanks, correct? Do you recall the rate of twist he is using? I really like this rifle, especially the color that you brought out in an outstanding piece of cherry. The patch box is growing on me...
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    Big Bore Hunting Rifles

    What are your thoughts on this type of tang-mounted ghost ring rear sight? It's about the only thing I can think of that MIGHT let me use a short-barreled rifle with a short sight radius, and actually see the sights enough to accurately shoot. It still doesn't eliminate the fact that I can't see...
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    Big Bore Hunting Rifles

    Another thing that I will add to this thread on big bore rifles. At my age now, 67, while I can appreciate the finely carved & engraved longrifle, I would much rather invest my money in those tangible things that allow a shooter, centerfire, or muzzleloading, to be comfortable when shooting the...
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    Big Bore Hunting Rifles

    I'm not a fan of the abreviated triggerguard. The single lock bolt's flat head is anchored in the lock plate, and the threads are anchored in a hole that is drilled and tapped into the breech plug's bolster. As far as no buttplate is concerned, I happen to really like the looks. And, as Mike...
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    Big Bore Hunting Rifles

    The hole in the end of the steel pipe is too small?
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    Big Bore Hunting Rifles

    BS The Game Creeper's Rifle https://americanlongrifles.org/forum/index.php?topic=41482.0 The L.O.P. is 13.625", not 13.375".
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    Big Bore Hunting Rifles

    Mike Brooks built himself a fantasy, English "GAME CREEPERS" rifle several years ago. It has since passed through three sets of hands, and if I recall correctly, Bob McBride now has it. It has a 29" long, .58 caliber, swamped octagon barrel set in a piece of Iowa black walnut. Chambers Early...
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    Why bead front sights on factory long range (300+yd) (40&45cal) rifles?

    I would also postulate that as the population has grown, so has the proportion of people in the population with bad eyesight. Before the 20th Century & modern medicine, people with lousy eyesight simply didn't live as long as others with good eyesight did. They were far more vulnerable to...
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    Why bead front sights on factory long range (300+yd) (40&45cal) rifles?

    There are plenty of recorded kills in WWII at distances exceeding 200 yards, with the M1 Garand/30-06 cartridge. Using a blade front sight & peep rear sight. Same thing in WWI & WWII with the Springfield bolt-action 30-06 rifle, blade front sight & peep rear sight. It's more about a shooters...
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    Why bead front sights on factory long range (300+yd) (40&45cal) rifles?

    I will offer an observation that in the past, only people who had good eyesight shot long range rifles. During wartime, the most accurate rifles went to the best shooters, who almost always had the best eyesight. Nowadays, it's a totally different proposition. People with less than 20/20...
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    .50 caliber Smoothbores?

    I guess that the real question I need to ask, is how many shooters here in the United States shooting .45, or .50 caliber smoothbores have spent any significant amount of time shooting shot? To me that seems to be the real challenge, shooting shot successfully. Like Britsmoothy does in the...
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    .50 caliber Smoothbores?

    Over the past few years I have seen at least a dozen of these .50 caliber smoothbore percussion guns show up on various sites for sale. In addition, Mike Brooks has built at least two .50 caliber smooth rifles for his recent customers, and another Lehigh style that was a work of art that he made...
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    Anyone used 45 conical on deer?

    Rice makes 4140CM steel, Fast Twist, drop-in barrels for Thompson/Center rifles in 15/16" octagon and 1" octagon. The 15/16" is only available in .45 caliber, but the 1" is available in both .45 & .50 calibers. Standard rates of twist are 1:20" for .45 caliber & 1:24" for .50 caliber. Jason...
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    Problem with flash channel plugging up

    The wooden flint is a good idea. My next rifle, if there is one, will come from the builder equipped with several hardwood flints. Especially, throwing your rifle up to your shoulder, aiming at a object (about 4" in diameter) approximately 25' across the basement, & INSTANTLY snap shooting at...
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    Problem with flash channel plugging up

    Back before I stopped shooting, I rarely shot from a bench unless someone was challenging my guns ability to shoot. As I only shot flintlocks, you can guess that I got teased a lot about my rifles. Most of the time I spent practicing shooting in every conceivable position that I thought might...
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