Sounds like todays shoot I was all ready to ace it ? with my snap matchlock 40 cal smooth since my records show it consistently grouping at the 55 yards OH matches I had my early flint' after ' 'Felix Werder' was my 100 yards option , My planned ride Jason wasnt able to go . last I shot the M lock was at Kopara & I got 89 by MLAIC rules . . What was your score may I ask ?.I went to my local monthly club shoot and won the annual round ball championship with my .54 flinter against a heap of cap locks . Won by 1 point Ha .
Did you get any articles I sent If I sent any not sure now . I do have a' full match' 38 1 in18" pitch rifle . I use. My thinking being the 451 is overkill at short ranges while I've shot the 38 300 grn bullet out to 500. some saving in lead & powder but easier on the shoulder .Its rather A' Poor man's full match ' but unlike the late Gordon Gerrad's walnut stock its bedded into a reject trade gun stock instead of Gordons 451 pistol hand , same barrel maker the late lamented Tony Hawkins rifle barrel I made. It makes do with a Baker guard & a rebounder lock .Last I knew Gordons held the Lockridge Huppen Bower record with 98 ? His lock was a local trade India made small 'bar in wood' Enfield the plug a Numrich one & the mounts yellow brass per Enfield . I still have a 451 beech stocked similar but Military Match style takedown (Made join under mid band so I could case it ) Its barrel a unused Martini one that Duncan Bedford use to sell made more useing them, Though I shot at Trentham once & Bisley it also served to kill red Deer here in NZ & small game in British Columbia I once shot it in 46 below zero near Mackenzie British Columbia, & took it down the Mosley Homathko river through the coast range to Butte inlett logging camp mostly loaded for Spruce Grouse & Frankolin & Hares ect but had to brass it out with a curious Bull Moose . Not the best loading 15 grains & a ball but managed to talk it out of going for me by speaking harshly to it explaining " I eat Moose for Tiffin & Ide won a Gold at Bisley " (Lock Hup ) short range & the Donegall badge . though i was looking up his nostrils & all I really had was my axe & knife. But thankfully he thought better of it ( I was rather rude I made unkind observations as to his' looks and ancestry' ) he backed off Big' Phew '. Shot a Blackbear with it on the Canoe River upstream from Revelstoke came towards me till at 30 yards I loosed the 500 grain Sharpes Bailey & He folded. My axe & knife not needed , pretty' tinny ' (Lucky) but allways regretted it he likley never saw me but on logging roads theres only so much space & I did need meat all the expected dam levels for the Mica creek dam where logged out to save the trees flying up in flooded time . So his habitat was reduced ., The Red Deer was just for meat one time in the Uraweras NZ , my old stomping grounds when I was a culler for a time . perhaps not the useual story of a modern 451.Updated details of a Whitworth double rifle in the Whitworth Research Project database.
Reminded MLAGB Committee Members of copy deadline for 'Black Powder' magazine (members magazine that I edit).
Confirmed to a correspondent the year that the barrel on his Parker-Hale Whitworth was proofed.
- paper patch 100 bullets for upcoming long range muzzle loading match.
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