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  1. plmeek

    Pair of Green River Rifle Works Hawken Rifles

    After Shootn posted his thread about the GRRW Hawken rifle he finally purchased, I thought I would post about my most recent acquisition--a pair of GRRW Hawken rifles. The pair are a half stock Hawken and a full stock Hawken. Both rifles have 1" straight octagon barrels. The half stock has...
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    What Gauges and Calibers Were Most Common in the Fur Trade?

    The straight forward answer is 28 balls to the livre for French trade guns and 28 balls to the pound for English Hudson Bay Company Northwest trade guns. “Ok smart-a$$, I wanted to know the gauges and calibers and not this balls to the liver or balls to the pound BS.” Well, that answer isn’t...
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    What Constitutes a Trade Gun and a Trade Rifle?

    The subject line of a recent thread on another forum was “Whites using Trade Rifles?” The poster went on to elaborate, “My question is wheather [sic] or not any white people, settlers, plainsmen, guides, etc. ever would have used these Indian trade rifles?” The question was adequately answered...
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    For the Shooter that can't decide which is best - Flint or Percussion?

    I came across this double gun on the internet and had a chuckle. One side is percussion. And the other side is flint. It's fun to speculate that the person this gun was built for didn't quite trust the new fangle technology. More pictures are available here...
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    Flint vs Percussion - Old Arguement

    I was reading some back issues of The Museum of the Fur Trade Quarterly. In the Summer 2003 issue, James A. Hanson wrote a piece titled "Percussion Fur Trade Guns". In it he referenced some testing done by the East India Company back in the early 1840s. He cites two tests of flintlock guns...
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    Suspicious Hawken Rifle

    Back at the beginning of this year, I started a thread I titled, Do You See Anything Suspicious About This Rifle? https://www.muzzleloadingforum.com/threads/do-you-see-anything-suspicious-about-this-rifle.108733/ I've come across another Hawken rifle that recently sold at auction that also...
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    Do You See Anything Suspicious About This Rifle?

    On GMFHUNTER's thread about "Early plains rifle build" (Topic#305849), I posted this comment: Naturally, Scota4570 came back with this obvious question. Not wanting to hijack GMFHUNTER's thread, I thought I would start a new one. I also thought this might be a good "learning moment" for...
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    A Visit To The Rifle Shoppe

    I’ve seen a lot of topics posted on this forum about The Rifle Shoppe in Jones, Oklahoma, and there’s one active right now and a sampling of other recent threads about them are shown below. The number of negative comments about The Rifle Shoppe tends to be about nine to every one positive. It...
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    Really Slow Adding Posts with Pictures

    Recently, I've noticed that my posts with pictures have taken a long time to load. I checked and found that others have reported similar problems in Glitchy "Add Post" Button? I am attaching a photo of a Jack Brooks Leman trade rifle to test the load time. It took about 1:20...
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    GRRW Leman Trade Rifle

    This posting is in response to some interest in GRRW's Leman Trade Rifles expressed in Pat McCoy's thread Green River Hawken tumbler The first rifle that Green River Rifle Works produced when they started up in 1972 was their half stock Leman Trade Rifle. The introductory price in 1972 for...
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    Learning Curve...Type G Trade Gun

    After reading the thread by lethemgo, who was thinking about a .62 cal fowler and wanted to know more about the learning curve, I thought I would share my recent experiences. I've been shooting percussion muzzleloaders on and off since the 1970's, but hadn't ventured into the realm of...
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    Ball, Bore, and Patch Combinations?

    I don't have any experience in shooting round balls in smoothbore guns and want to do some research before I jump into it. I would like to conduct an informal survey of members concerning the ball diameter, the bore diameter, and the patch thickness for the guns and loads you shoot. From what...
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