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  1. Don Steele

    Diamond file report

    Back in January, in the thread titled "Extending Flint Life" there were a few entries discussing the use of a diamond file. Sunkmanitu Tanka related his success using a "cheap diamond file" to extend flint life. I was intrigued and found just such an item online so I placed an order. The set was...
  2. Don Steele

    "Original Lehigh Valley" lube gone again..??

    Haven't been able to get a response from Tom using his website. This morning I see Track shows his product as a "Closeout" and note that it's Sold Out. Anyone have any idea what's going on..???
  3. Don Steele

    Thanks to Hodgdon

    :hatsoff: I wanted to post up a big THANK YOU to the good folks at Hodgdon and provide some reality for folks who might be interested. My gun club: Port Malabar Rifle and Pistol Club in Palm Bay, FL has held a "Range Safety Expo" for the last 2 years. Our facilities include a dedicated BP...
  4. Don Steele

    Appropriate Footwear question

    I would like to put together an outfit that is reasonably consistent with my generic "Southern Mountain Rifle "40 caliber flintlock long rifle. Having a little problem identifying appropriate footwear. I did a search on here and found a LOT of good information about moccasins. I'm not driven...
  5. Don Steele

    .32 or another .40...???

    OK, here goes. I've been enjoying my 40 caliber SMR for about a year. Really like the 40 caliber. All my other muzzleloaders are 50's. I'd like to get a brass mounted Lancaster next for the collection. I intend to stay with one of the smaller calibers. At the present time, I'm trying to decide...
  6. Don Steele

    I use Firefox for a "

    I'm using Firefox. Homepage is Yahoo. I HAD all my BP resources, including of course, this forum collected into my Yahoo "Bookmarks". Just the other day, I opened everything normally and while the Yahoo toolbar is still there, the little red "bookmark" icon is gone. Everything appears to be...
  7. Don Steele

    Alvin York Shoot 2016

    I'm going to the Alvin York Shoot next month. It's on Saturday, April 2 near Pall Mall Tennessee. See link below. http://prwarner.wix.com/sergent-york-shoot#!page4/cfvg Anyone else from here going to be there...???? I'm not anyone's idea of a true Chunk Gun Shooter, but I have a rifle that will...
  8. Don Steele

    Creating a reliability issue..??

    I'm using Dry Patch material (7:1 water/Ballistol)in my 40 cal. Flintlock SMR. I'm shooting 40 gns. 3f Goex and a .395 RB. I have been wiping between shots with a .010" wiping patch, "just damp" with a Moose Milk concoction using a wiping jag that has been reduced in diameter to prevent pushing...
  9. Don Steele

    Frizzen issues

    At the range yesterday with a T/C "Hawken" style flintlock. The rifle has the newer style lock. Over time, the frizzen has gotten gouged once in a while. When it looked too bad, I would use some emery cloth and smooth it back out. Here's the problem: it's been working just fine until yesterday...
  10. Don Steele

    Period correct guidance for my SMR please.

    I recently acquired this Southern Mountain rifle: She's a 40 cal, 42" swamped bbl. I also recently had the pleasure of doing a little Primitive shooting, including my first Woodswalk. A buddy provided the necessary accoutrements, as I have none of it. I'm posting this to get some feedback from...
  11. Don Steele

    My new Davis rifle.

    Well Boys...here she is. I had Mike Davis build this Southern Mountain rifle for me and I believe he captured pretty much all the "Old Timey" features I wanted. Mike can do rifles and pistols totally "from scratch", forging pretty much everything himself. In this case...in the interest of...
  12. Don Steele

    First trip to Friendship

    Next month, I'll be making my first trip to the NMLRA National Matches at Friendship, IN. I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of a new 40 caliber flintlock Southern Mountain longrifle being finished up for me as I write this. It has fixed sights, and as far as I know...is "traditional" in all...
  13. Don Steele

    Lee mold accuracy..??

    I recently acquired a new Lee RB mold. It is labeled.395. I cast a mess of balls with no issues. When I took the cooled balls to my scale for weight grading, I found them coming in at 90.5 gns in a very tight range(good precision), but not the 92gns I was expecting. Measuring the balls with a...
  14. Don Steele

    A Kind offer from Dutch

    Dutch requested that I open a new post with this kind offer to the members of this forum so Here Ya Go..From Dutch Schoultz: I am beginning to close things down around here and have a few things that might be of interest to some folks. Free, of course. I have always suggested people tap and/or...
  15. Don Steele

    PRB vs PA Conical test

    In a thread in the Percussion Rifles section there's a discussion of the Hornady "PA Conical" bullets going on. Thanks to Mole Eyes generosity, I had an opportunity to run a direct comparison between the PA conical and my personal choice PRB hunting load. I'm posting here for general...
  16. Don Steele

    fiber optic inserts

    I've discovered that trying to draw a bead on a black hog down a WELL shaded pine row, early in the morning using my really great BLACK target sights doesn't work out too well. To gain a little more shooting time at both ends of the day, I had a set of Thompson Center fiber optic sights mounted...
  17. Don Steele

    My T/C-1:48 won't shoot conicals....

    Here's the deal...I have a 50 cal. caplock T/C, 1:48 I bought new many years ago. Currently, I'm trying to work up a heavy conical bullet load for it. I haven't been able to get ANY conicals to shoot into a measurable group out of this barrel. To check myself, I ran a few .490 PRB loads through...
  18. Don Steele

    Flintlock position when hunting

    ALL of my experience with flintlocks has been on the range. Never carried one into the woods hunting. Once the pan is charged...are there unique handling precautions required for a flintlock beyond those for any loaded weapon..?? In normal handling while hunting, does the charge in the pan shift...
  19. Don Steele

    Hello from Florida...!!

    Just found this forum. I've been enjoying muzzleloaders since getting my first one...a Thompson Center Hawken, back in the mid-late 1970's. I shoot both cap and flintlock. Everything I have is 50 cal. although I'm looking to go to smaller calibers if I find a good option. My .50 caplock has a...
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