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    Getting started in black powder shooting

    I have access to a Hawken reproduction rifle, and I've always been interested in the mountain main era, so...aside from a good manual that I will read thoroughly, what else -- beside caps, balls of appropriate caliber and powder -- do I need to get started after New Years?

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    Re: Getting started in black powder shooting

    Oh,just a few more things. Pre-lubed patches are nice and You're gonna want a powder measure and some sort of powder dispenser. Cleaning patches and a cleaning jag for your ramrod and some sort or cleaning fluid. You can use hot water if you take the barrel off. A nipple wrench to remove the nipple for cleaning and some wonder lube or bore butter to coat the inside of the barrel when you're done cleaning.
    A fifty dollar bill will cover all this stuff,I think.
    You can make a dandy cleaning solution out of 2 parts hydrogen peroxide,2parts rubbing alcohol,and one part Murphy's oil soap. It won't freeze in the winter.
    I substitute Dawn dishwashing liquid for the Murphy's and it works just fine.

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    Re: Getting started in black powder shooting

    Thanks for the reply! Looks like I have some studying and prep to do before I embark on this latest shooting adventure!

    Bill

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    Re: Getting started in black powder shooting

    You need a coon skin hat. Lord Slashcat covers it pretty good. I'd add a ball puller to that list, however. Seein' as how you're just starting out, it sometimes happens that the powder won't ignite - for a variety of reasons or, you just forget to dump powder down the barrel before you ram the ball home. It happened to me once - just once, but I learned my lesson.

    There's nothin' more fun than blackpowder shooting. I generally prefer Colt's six-shooters, but that's just me.
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    Re: Getting started in black powder shooting

    Find a copy of one of Sam Fadala's books, such as The Complete Blackpowder Handbook. There are usually some for sale at gun shows. Your local bookpeddlar should be able to get you a new edition in the thirty dollar range. Most gunclubs have a BP contingent. And most BP guys love to talk about their guns and ideas as much as shooting them. I always try to get folks that are interested to shoot my guns... Even if they never buy one ~ you can tell from the big grins that they have a high opinion of the flint and caplocks, when they've pulle the trigger on one....

    Another website devoted to strickley the older muzzleloaders is...
    www.muzzleloadingforum.com

    giz

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    Re: Getting started in black powder shooting

    Neat to see this thread - I just found a great deal on one of my "grail guns" (a T/C Scout pistol in .54) this weekend. Had severe damage to the stocks, but I've hit them with putty until I can get new ones on it.







    The thing's supposed to be able to throw 540-gr bullets at just under 1100 fps. I'm going to stick with 435s right at 1100 fps - no sense embedding the front sight too deep in my forehead.

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    Re: Getting started in black powder shooting

    Hey, Erich, neat arm! It's a shame some goober tried to use the butt as a hammer or something. Be sure to send photos of the new grips -- and a detailed range report, of course!

    Bill

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    Re: Getting started in black powder shooting

    Yeah, that looks like it'd be fun to shoot doves with. Maybe not. Still, that's a pretty neat looking pistol. Let us know how it handles.
    The last Boy Scout.

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    Re: Getting started in black powder shooting

    The grips were probably damaged from the previous owner dropping the gun after ever time he fired it.
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    Re: Getting started in black powder shooting

    Dave, I wondered that, actually!


 

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