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  1. hanshi

    howdy im charlie

    The states I've hunted in required a powder charge of at least 50 grains of powder. I say start with 55 grains, shoot a group and continue going up 5 grns at a time while shooting groups. 60 grns to 75 (+ or -) grains of 3F black or 70 to 85 grains of 2F would be the range where you should...
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    Lee .530 Round Ball Mold Question

    I rely on Lee molds for most calibers of ball. I find them excellent.
  3. hanshi

    dear loads

    I'd suspect you'll find a great load somewhere between 60 and 70 grains of 3F black. A .490" ball and patch .015"-.018" with a good lube should get you going.
  4. hanshi

    Need a new lock

    You can draw the outline of the plate and send it to TOW. They'll let you know if they have anything that will replace it.
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    Hatfield 50 Percussion

    That's a very nice looking rifle!
  6. hanshi

    Flash, no bang

    Always a good idea to wipe the bore and vent liner hole prior to shooting. Also, is the touch hole at least 1/16"?
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    40 Caliber York Completed

    I like the York "style" and have one that was built with elements of York architecture. That's a beautiful rifle.
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    A question of possible rust

    Dear Reader, All you need to remove a pinned barrel is a proper size nail punch, a screwdriver and a bit of care. Remove the pins the same direction every time and keep them in order of location - I use a piece of masking tape to hold them. I only remove the barrels every 2-3 years. They all...
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    Barrel lapping question

    I've always used a bit of oil on the Scotch Bright patch.
  10. hanshi

    who all likes the carbines?

    This flintlock (.45 x 36") was built for me as a short, handy woods rifle and has served in that role with distinction. I like short flintlocks pretty well and all the others are 38". This "kid's rifle" is as short in barrel length as I can warm up to. .45 X 25" X 15/16". Anything shorter...
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    Rate kits on difficulty: TVM, Chambers, Kibler, Pecatonica...

    The Kibler SMR in .45 would be my "dream rifle". But whatever you decide on be sure and get the swamped barrel. These barrels balance like a dream and make a heavy gun feel much lighter than it actually is.
  12. hanshi

    Skychief Smoothbore Load Recipe........

    Best of luck on your recovery, Skychief.
  13. hanshi

    It’s a gun!

    You did very well!
  14. hanshi

    who all likes the carbines?

    I have a .45 X 25" X 15/16" that I like a lot. But when heading for the woods I usually grab my .45 X 36" X 13/16" flintlock. That, IMHO, is a shorty in my book.
  15. hanshi

    Kibler 50 cal colonial

    I have no use for a gun that I can't shoot; and that goes for old ones and pretty ones. That rifle is a beauty and needs to spend time in the woods.
  16. hanshi

    Round ball min expansion velocity

    I know from experience that a .440" or larger lead ball will kill deer quickly or even DRT whether or not it manages to expand. I've had pass-throughs up to around 100 yards drop them as quickly as wafer-flat recoveries from shots at 35 yards. Internal damage is what kills game. An arrow can...
  17. hanshi

    question about a squirrel rifle,,,,,,,,,,,

    Here in Maine the .40 is legal for deer and small game. Frankly, however, I prefer my .45 or .50 if deer is the game sought. When it's small game I'd rather use the .32 or .36. The .40 - I have a nice one - makes a grand turkey rifle where legal; not legal in Maine, though.
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    THROWING KNIVES

    I never actually understood why anyone would want to throw away a perfectly good weapon. A knife in the hand always beats a knife in the air.
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    Kibler 50 cal colonial

    I use 70 grains of 3F in my .50 for great accuracy Yes! Post photos or it ain't real.
  20. hanshi

    Muzzleloader magazine

    Make that +3, spudnut. But it's still a great magazine.
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