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    Smoothbore rate of twist?

    If the projectile is complete, weigh it and compare to other balls. It could have a void in it.
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    Hats

    Correct. There are only around 50 true custom hat makers left in North America, and are the only ones you will get a beaver felt hat from. The commercial dealers only carry wool felt. Even if you get a blend of 50/50 beaver/rabbit, you can expect to pay at least $600.
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    Smoothbore rate of twist?

    I know several smooth bore shooters, myself included, that could make life very interesting for a person at 200 yards.
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    Failure to fire rate

    I've dry balled so many times over the years, I've probably saved ten pounds of powder! Catch up, rookie!
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    Failure to fire rate

    I'm not even sure how many flinters I own at the time, I'd have to do a count. I've been shooting them for 47 years, and if I have a misfire, I know exactly what is wrong, fix the problem, and the next try fires properly. From what I see at the shoots around here, cap locks have a much higher...
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    Smoothbore rate of twist?

    Weigh your balls. A void in a ball can cause it to do all sorts of mysterious things.
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    Hats

    H&H Hats, Darby, Montana. Jimmy and Rich are the builders. Rich is Bill Sublette's great great (great great?) grandson. The reason a 100% beaver felt hat is so expensive, I was surprised to find out, it takes 34 beaver bellies to make one! It's not hard to find custom hats that go for $2500+.
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    Rifle Sleeve- period correct advice

    Look at art work of Eastern Indians. Many show them wearing turbans. Many of the turbans in fact were gun cases, being worn as a hat.
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    concealing stock flaws??

    Blend red, yellow, and dark brown dye.
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    Legal powder amount

    Any amount over 50 # requires a magazine. I use an old refrigerator in my shop. I've also notified the local fire department it is there, and have "Danger, Explosives" signs where it is stored.
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    Does a 12 g BP shotgun exist that will shoot a pattern with no holes at 35 yards?

    Holes in the pattern are usually a combination of too much powder, not enough shot.
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    Hats

    I'm poor. I found out years ago, I can't afford to buy cheap stuff.
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    Drilling out flash hole, Results!

    The larger the vent, the larger your groups.
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    NW Trade guns and fowlers

    When Curly started out, I think he was using Mossberg barrels. I'm not sure how many barrel makers supplied the company over the years. When I started building for NSW, Long Hammock was making the barrels, and Matt went to another supplier when Long Hammock was getting swamped with barrel...
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    NW Trade guns and fowlers

    Just a point of interest. Curly was a founder and board of directors member for the Museum of the Fur Trade, in Chadron. Many of the guns on display there are from Curly's personal collection of originals.
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    How to carry a long rifle on a horse.

    I doubt many did. It's not beaver country for the most part. Not to mention the Blackfeet weren't and still aren't all that welcoming. Never was really worth a damn for hunting back in the day, that's why trappers and natives stuck to the high plains and prairie for the most part. You DO know...
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    How to carry a long rifle on a horse.

    I've guided in the Bob Marshall, Scapegoat, Great Bear, and Mission Mountain wildernesses. You don't go there on foot. Travel through them sometime, and you will find you need both hands to push off of trees to shift the horses weight, to keep from getting raked off, or over a big drop. Most of...
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    My love hate relationship with meat cutting.

    Another good tutorial. I thought he was getting a lot of waste, but after using his method,and then going back over the carcass doing close trimming, I found I gained very little meat.
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    Hats

    A custom 100% beaver will last your lifetime, if cared for. Not cheap though, mine cost $900.
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    What to do with a patch box ?

    I recall one of the more well known contemporary builders recommend making the patch box large enough to hold a Snickers bar. A man after my own heart.
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