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Old 04-02-2012, 10:11   #1
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Talking Anyone Shoot Black Powder

My Mini 14 is one of my first rifles i had fun modding it so it would shoot well. I did all the mods myself with a few tools and not a lot of money. It is one of my favorite rifles i will never sell it.

About five years ago i started shooting black powder guns. I am kinda obsessed. I have seven cap and ball revolvers the smallest is a Uberti 31cal 1849 Pocket Colt my largest is a Ulberti 44cal Walker Colt. I also have four muzzle loading rifles a TC36cal, CVA 45cal Kentucky rifle, CVA Bobcat 50cal and a TC 54cal White Mountain Carbine. Does anyone else like shooting these flame throwing smoke makers.
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I have a Pietta Remington 1858 that I enjoy shooting and get a kick out of letting other people shoot. It's kind of hard to explain my attraction to it. I suppose it's a number of factors playing a part there - the smoke, the noise, the nostalgia and just idea that it adds a little more variety to my shooting experience.

I want to eventually pick up the Walker Colt and maybe some long guns as time and money allow.
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I've got a couple of the 58 cal "baby cannons" that can tear up some ground,and shoot a bit farther than my fifty.I did some custom work to them years back and they are nice shooters-however mostly safe queens nowadays!
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I was a cannon loader in reenactments, had a Zouave, CVA double barrel 12 ga, Sharps, and around 20 other rifles. Still have a TC New Englander and Pennsylvania hunter.
Had quite a few single shot pistols and revolvers including a Walker. Still have my Ruger Old Army. I prefer 3F or 4F black powder over substitutes.

Smallest I've fired was my friends NAA 22 black powder revolver.
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Started with a kentucky .45 pistol when I was 15 and a matching rifle a year later. Several others over the year. I've killed a lot of deer with my .50 cal T/C Hawken. Also I load PB cartridges for my Webley MK II and my Uberti Hi Wall .45-70
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It's been a month since I posted above in this thread, but I got an Uberti Colt Walker replica this week. I have been wanting one for years but the availability and my finances have not been on the same page until now. Probably be next week beforel I can shoot it, unless I find the time to sneak away this weekend.
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Have been shooting BP pistols and rifles sense 1960, they are great fun to take to the range.
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Originally Posted by pukindog View Post
It's been a month since I posted above in this thread, but I got an Uberti Colt Walker replica this week. I have been wanting one for years but the availability and my finances have not been on the same page until now. Probably be next week beforel I can shoot it, unless I find the time to sneak away this weekend.
Each cylinder chamber will hold 60gr of black so hearing protection is a must.
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yes I have handguns and rifle BP guns, revolvers and cappers.
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Originally Posted by wolfspotter View Post
Each cylinder chamber will hold 60gr of black so hearing protection is a must.
For what it's worth I always wear hearing (and eye) protection. Can't really afford to lose any more of my hearing. I am looking forward to shooting this thing!
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I have one 50 cal hand gun called IN hunter that was made in IN. I have 7 longe guns. I use to shoot 3 times a week. Lost my shooting buddy he passed on. Now I shoot longe guns in 243 25.06 223 and my hand guns. If sone would shoot black powder with me I would do it.
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Old 05-19-2012, 15:17   #13
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Awesome!
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Haven't done any BP up 'til now, but I'm gonna ease into it with a BPCR: just got an 1887 Enfield-made Martini-Henry MkIV in .577/450. Awesome gun with a nearly pristine bore. While you can shoot smokeless in it, this one's going to run only on BP.
Not exactly period correct (should be a MkII), but just holding it makes me hear Michael Caine in Zulu: "Front rank...FIRE!"
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Ya I got a couple of smoke poles both are CVA , a couple of cap&ball revolvers and a 45-70.
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Old 06-05-2012, 11:00   #16
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Since this thread first started I have now tripled my collection - which isn't really all that much since I only had one at the time...

look what you guys went and did...

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I sold an AR last week and used some of the money to order 2 more - an 1860 Army that was on sale at Cabela's and a Lyman Deerstalker from Midway, which will be my first rifle.

They should be here this week.

I have kind of gone off the deep end since this thread started but honestly I am enjoying the change of pace.

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I am a big fan of the 1858 Remington I hope to have an original some day but for now the Pietta copy will do.

I have a CVA Mountain stalker Kind of like the old meets the new It is a Hawken style rifle with a composite stock Got it 10 years ago from BPS for 69 bucks and now is worth 150 in new condition they discontinued that model so It may be worth something some day.

I am going to build a sidelock here in the near future probably a Hawken style stock since that seems to be my favorite.
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Well here's two more I got this week.. gone from 1 to 5 just since this thread started. I will not get to shoot these until at least next week, but I am especially looking forward to the rifle, since it's my first.




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Nice Sidelock

Looks like a Sporterized Hawken Hunter rifle the Walnut stock is really nice, probably a free floating barrel, that rifle would look especially nice with some checkering on the stock.

I would like to have a Sporterized Hawken hunter carbine

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Originally Posted by St8LineGunsmith View Post
Looks like a Sporterized Hawken Hunter rifle the Walnut stock is really nice, probably a free floating barrel, that rifle would look especially nice with some checkering on the stock.

I would like to have a Sporterized Hawken hunter carbine

This is a Lyman Deerstalker, which was relatively inexpensive at $381. Outside of getting a kit to build, it was about the cheapest thing with semi-traditional styling around (new). At this point I don't plan to try to hunt with it, I just wanted to experience owning and shooting one, so I did not want to spend a whole lot. If I enjoy it, though, who knows what might be next?

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well if you dont like it you can always send it to me
what I would like to have is a double barrel muzzleloading shotgun
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Originally Posted by St8LineGunsmith View Post
well if you dont like it you can always send it to me
what I would like to have is a double barrel muzzleloading shotgun
Me too. I have seen several of those, although they are a bit more expensive than what I have been buying lately. I do like the fact that there are no barrel length limitations on them, though. That little coach gun I saw looks neat !
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1853 Enfield and a 1859 Remington New Army

I used to participate in Civil War Re-enacting.
The guys either purchased the re-pro. Springfield 1861 .577 or the 53 Enfield.
They were both prominent in the war and they used the same ball ammo.
I haven't shot either one in years. I have them hanging on the wall in my bedroom. Thanks for reminding me, I'll clean and oil them this weekend.
The cap and ball is a pain to shoot because I am petrified of a chain fire so I pack grease on top of the pressed ball. I crimp the little tiny percussion caps on to the nipples after I pick up the ones I dropped.
I remember the first time I shot it the caps all fell off after the first shot.
The other thing I remember is the safety on the revolver is an empty chamber so you have a 5 shooter.
I had a modern Traditions .50 cal. muzzle loader that used the sabot.
It was so much work to load I sold it. Very accurate though with two pellets of powder.
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for the safety I load all the cylinders but leave one cap off. another way to make it safe is to remove the cylinder from the frame until you are ready to fire
Ya I pinch the caps before putting them on the nipple and I always use candle wax instead of grease to top off the cylinder.
I keep several cylinders loaded for speed loading.
if you ever get the chance to visit Chickamauga National Militairy park
go to their museum They have a vast collection of Civil war fire arms from both sides as well as other neat exhibits there are also a few matchlocks and cap locks dating back to the revolutionary war and before.
most of these relics are still in excellent shootable condition except for a few relics that were found in the battlefield years after the war.
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