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11th corps

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Tried it this time with my northwest trade gun smoothbore.
.600 round ball
80 grains of 3F
Pillow tick patch, bore butter lube.
My first 3 shots would have been a very good group-for me-but didn't score.
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Here is the target after 10. It was a sunny mid 40's day here in Indiana. After firing 5 shots I looked at my gun and realized my flint was missing. I looked all over the firing line but never found it. I then looked in my gun box for the bag of flints I keep in there. I had taken them out last night to put one on my trade gun, then forgot to put them back into the box. So home I went, picked up the flints and continued on.
Mike B of Duelist 1954 believes that smoothbores can be made to be accurate with higher powder charges. I have seen him use 110 grains of powder. My shoulder would not tolerate that, so I kept it down to 80 grains. I normally load at 60. It did seem to help with point of impact.
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:ghostly:Welcome back! We’re you unable to shoot because winter just ended in MN? LOL!

I moved from Minnesota down to Georgia in 1986 and don’t think I could tolerate the extreme cold anymore. I sure do miss ice fishing though!
 

PK

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We always enjoyed winter but these days we’re spending our winters in Florida. The Lower Swanee River wildlife area has a hog hunt late January. Plan to break out the .54 Hawken by then and try to get one.
 
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Finally got these turkeys done. I stapled them down, but they seemed to flutter around when shooting at them.

Hope all y’all had a good thanksgiving. I sure like this match, it’s like I am shooting with friends I haven’t met yet.
 

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November target is finished and we had 11 participants. Here are the results:

J dirt - 43 pts (also shot a pistol target with a 45 - well done!)
Richard Dittman - 39
freedom475 - 38
JakeGa - 32
garypl - 30
Buckskin Quin & Onemancoyote - tie with 24
PK - 20
nessmuk - 18
Crooked Creek - 17
11th corps - 12

Hope everyone had fun with this target and thanks for participating! December target is posted and should be interesting - wish everyone a blessed Christmas holiday.

Gary
 
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