I'm so sorry folks. I turned my back and we had a couple of mis-placed posts. Actually, a couple of folks just got a bit lost, and posted in the wrong place. I think God may have sent them here to be Baptised into the wonderful world of real blackpowder muzzle loading. I wish we could take each and every one of them out and show them how reliable, accurate, effective, fun and easy to clean these roundball shooters are. In the meantime, if ya see one of those folks sneak in here, don't put a ball in 'em. PM, email or holler for any administrator to transfer their post to the proper forum.
Weasel I agree with you 110%. Alot of people put down traditional muzzleloaders since they'd heard the hype on how reliable an inline is over the others. They won't even give it a chance before condemning it. Oh well, I feel for them as they don't know what they are missing.
Welcome all! Howdy Ridgerunner. FlDeerman. I've never had a mis-fire either.(with percussion anyway) Last year I hunted in the rain or snow nearly every day. I left the same load in the gun and killed a muledeer buck two days before the end of the season. I've been called a liar or told I don't shoot enough if I've never had a mis-fire. ;D I got started in the mid 60's by a man that was fanatical about cleanliness, pre-loading and loading procedure. I was shown how to inspect nipples, flash channels, drums, snails, pans and more. I only shoot a percussion gun now but I still try to burn 20#s plus a year. I live where I can be shooting within minutes, so I try to shoot often. No misfires yet!
No secrets at all. Just finding what works, and repeating it to the "T" each time. One thing I've seen that causes misfires, and isn't often addressed is, make sure the hammer strikes the nipple squarely and centered each time. If your hammer has side to side movement, remove the lockplate and tighten the screw that the hammer pivots on. Don't tighten it to the point that it restricts free rotation. Use locktite on the screw threads. If you have to bend the hammer to get it to strike squarely, do so very gently. Also, make sure the top of the nipple is in good shape. I also use appropriate sized twist drill bits to clean the inside of the nipple and the flash channel of all the hard caked on residue. (DON"T REMOVE METAL!) I just twist it in and out gently. You only want to get the crud off. I do this after every shooting session. Clean, dry and good maintanence are the things to keep in mind.
Ok gang... Hyar ya'll talking 'bout traditional an caps in the same sentenence. Mercy! Caps is fun'n'all, but Flint is the "real" traditional!
Waaaauuuugh! That get any 'o yer goin?
Wall, don't let it spread, but my first gal was a capgun Hawkin from the Log Cabin Shop in .54. Then the fellers I started shootin wid shown me the errer of ma ways an I been hooked on flint ever since. Course most 'o them shoot smoothies and I shoot a .45 riflegun but who cares, I'll get one 'o dem things soon 'nuff.
I see MamaFlinter on here an she knowd ma pards right well I reckon from the Yahoo side 'o the river. The Tejas based Geezer Rangers wid that 'ol Bushwhacker leading us into temptation. Howdeee!
Tejas Raz, yeah we are only 11 days old now so we don't want to run folks off for using caps. Heck, who knows? Sooner or later Hellen and Teleoceras may show-up (fingers crossed) with their matchlocks and look down their noses at the modern flintlock shooters. Where o where will it end? YAAAAAAAH
Oh, ;D Welcome to the outfit Tejas Raz, glad to have ya here!
Wow, 11 days! An I just thought I'd just never heard of this board. Ya'll know I was jus funnin I hope! Wondered how long it'd take to hear somebody talk of match or wheellocks. Hehehe. Didn't take long. I love my flinter that's for sure, but it's not my only gun. Like I said, I started out with a capgun, but I also shoot a Sharps 1874 .45-70 with black powder loads, an olllld 1896 vintage L.C. Smith double 12 guage, an M-1 Garand of 1943 vintage and then... shockers! A custom Marine Corps M40A1 Sniper Rifle that'll shoot one hole groups all day if you do right on the trigger side of it. Kind of a wide variety if I say so myself. Then there's the bows. From a hickory selfbow to a modern longbow to a compound! I just love shooting and don't care what it is unless I run out of ammo. Then there's the pistols..... Enough, but one's a flinter. Anyway, I caught a link from the Easton Arrow Archery Forum over to here and like what I see. Good luck ya'll.
BTW, the Sniper is for Sale. Email me for details or pass the word along if'n you know of anyone interested in that type of arm. It ain't going to be cheap though! Don't shoot it much now that I'm hooked on FLINTERS and it'll pay for a couple of smoothbores!
Last Edit: Jun 17, 2003 19:45:58 GMT -5 by Tejas Raz
I believe the underhammers were developed in the New England area in the 1830's which would cetainly make them tradtional to the pre-cartridge gun (ML)era, the civil war ML guns and heavy target guns of the later 19th cejtury are traditional as well if componenets and such are of a kind used when the originals were in vougue,but only traditional to the time frame of the originals, what I see as a stretch, cheat, missrepresntation, of the traditional theme is to take something....say a modern design bullet that has no documenatble connection with history and calling it traditional because there were "bullets" in the rev war a kind of wishfull justification by loose association...there were bullets styles used in the late, mid-19th centutry that would not be trasditional to an 1800 shooter.I think bottom slappers is cool, I was one myself 30 years ago(VBG)
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