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Nearly 40 years ago I started down the muzzleloading trail in Quesnel, B.C., and had the fine luck to get involved with the (then) Cariboo Muzzleloaders. Had the pleasure of meeting Taylor Sapergia and using one of his fine Fraser River rifles. But time moves on, and I dropped the sport as a career called. Now, on the back side of the mountain and coming into the fall of life I am interested once again in finding my possibles bag, short-starter and old deer antler powder measure, smithying up a 'hawk and knife, and trying my hand. But goodness, how the black powder world has changed. Gone are many of the old gun makers, replaced with mass reproductions. A guy could get lost in trying to find the right gun, the right powder and the right place for it all to come together. So I am looking forward to cruising this forum.
 
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Welcome, from North Carolina! I had been out of the BP world since the early 2000s until a couple of years ago, and I was saddened and amazed by how much was no longer available (unless you want a modern ML which is darned near a cartridge gun). Yes, for those who want to shoot “traditional” sidelocks, you are mostly limited to used T/Cs, CVAs, etc., since those companies are out of business in the sidelock arena. Traditions is probably the least expensive of the imports. Of course, you can always build your own (Kibler, etc.) or buy from a builder (for more dinero) or buy an Italian reproduction (Pedersoli, Investarms, etc). Good luck in your renaissance. There are often a lot of nice weapons for sale on this forum (I have picked up several, myself, and been very pleased😎).

‘Poet
 

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Nearly 40 years ago I started down the muzzleloading trail in Quesnel, B.C., and had the fine luck to get involved with the (then) Cariboo Muzzleloaders. Had the pleasure of meeting Taylor Sapergia and using one of his fine Fraser River rifles. But time moves on, and I dropped the sport as a career called. Now, on the back side of the mountain and coming into the fall of life I am interested once again in finding my possibles bag, short-starter and old deer antler powder measure, smithying up a 'hawk and knife, and trying my hand. But goodness, how the black powder world has changed. Gone are many of the old gun makers, replaced with mass reproductions. A guy could get lost in trying to find the right gun, the right powder and the right place for it all to come together. So I am looking forward to cruising this forum.
Welcome back! Where are you situated? Are you planning on going up to Heffley Creek for the BC rendezvous this year? Usually lots of plunder to be had if you need bits n' pieces. There is a local (more or less) trader here in Victoria who has most of the small stuff and often has firearms as well. He is right now selling off a collection from an estate, so has a number of pieces available. He is a good guy, and you can trust his judgement and description of anything he sells
 
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Nearly 40 years ago I started down the muzzleloading trail in Quesnel, B.C., and had the fine luck to get involved with the (then) Cariboo Muzzleloaders. Had the pleasure of meeting Taylor Sapergia and using one of his fine Fraser River rifles. But time moves on, and I dropped the sport as a career called. Now, on the back side of the mountain and coming into the fall of life I am interested once again in finding my possibles bag, short-starter and old deer antler powder measure, smithying up a 'hawk and knife, and trying my hand. But goodness, how the black powder world has changed. Gone are many of the old gun makers, replaced with mass reproductions. A guy could get lost in trying to find the right gun, the right powder and the right place for it all to come together. So I am looking forward to cruising this forum.
Welcome from Oklahoma, USA
 
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Welcome, from North Carolina! I had been out of the BP world since the early 2000s until a couple of years ago, and I was saddened and amazed by how much was no longer available (unless you want a modern ML which is darned near a cartridge gun). Yes, for those who want to shoot “traditional” sidelocks, you are mostly limited to used T/Cs, CVAs, etc., since those companies are out of business in the sidelock arena. Traditions is probably the least expensive of the imports. Of course, you can always build your own (Kibler, etc.) or buy from a builder (for more dinero) or buy an Italian reproduction (Pedersoli, Investarms, etc). Good luck in your renaissance. There are often a lot of nice weapons for sale on this forum (I have picked up several, myself, and been very pleased😎).

‘Poet
Thanks, UndeadPoet, for the comment about the state of "traditional" BP rifles. I have just started down this road again when I noticed the dearth of traditional sidelocks. Guess that means looking for a used one. Wonder how it happened.
 
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Welcome back! Where are you situated? Are you planning on going up to Heffley Creek for the BC rendezvous this year? Usually lots of plunder to be had if you need bits n' pieces. There is a local (more or less) trader here in Victoria who has most of the small stuff and often has firearms as well. He is right now selling off a collection from an estate, so has a number of pieces available. He is a good guy, and you can trust his judgement and description of anything he sells
Thanks, flintlokr. I am hoping to make it to the BC Rendeyvous at Heffley Creek. As a commercial beekeeper that's also my prime honey production time but if I can't have a little fun what's the point, right? Good to know about the Victoria trader; pass along his coordinates, please!
 
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Thanks, UndeadPoet, for the comment about the state of "traditional" BP rifles. I have just started down this road again when I noticed the dearth of traditional sidelocks. Guess that means looking for a used one. Wonder how it happened.
Supposedly, not enough interest in the mass market. Manufacturers went with newer, faster, more cartridge-like, etc., because that was what they felt the market, e.g. hunters, wanted. I own two modern muzzleloaders (ie, inlines/unmentionable😎). One was a CVA, and was a gift from my father (the day before he died while deer hunting), the other was a T/C, and was inherited from him. I have them, but much prefer shooting and messing with sidelocks. As I have aged, and unless I am hunting to prevent starvation, I choose to use sidelocks (or a long bow rather than a compound/crossbow, etc.), as it is more challenging and makes you more thoughtful before you shoot.
 

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Hi from So-California, anychance your BC guys got any cool spots or hunting clubs in the Okanogin aye?
 
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