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Sean from Vt

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A little fun today
« on: August 24, 2015, 12:00:24 am »
I've been trying to remember and I think it's been 6 or maybe 7 years since I last shot my muzzleloader (TC Encore 209x50). I've shot and hunted with my Encore quite a bit but haven't put my muzzleloader barrel on the frame since I think ML season 2008 (or 9?).

Anyway, this morning I put a new scope on it, and took it to the range. What a blast. I forgot how much fun it can be. And to make it even better, I was using TC sabots and home cast 44 bullets that I made from range scrap. For just a plinking bullet I was very happy with how they shot and also that they shot in the same group as the old Barnes Xpander MZS that I squirreled away years ago.

To be honest I was equally surprised that my old jugs of powder still went bang.

It was a good day.

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    Re: A little fun today
    « Reply #1 on: August 24, 2015, 08:21:47 am »
      Yeah, I just got into muzzle-loading in the last year.

      Don't know how successful I will be, but I think I'll try to get a deer with my flintlock .69 musket this fall  :cool  Assuming it isn't too dry......Almost started a fire with it earlier this year  :rotfl
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    Re: A little fun today
    « Reply #2 on: August 24, 2015, 06:52:21 pm »
    I've never played with traditional black powder though a 32 cal Crockett type has always interested me.

    Then again, cap and ball revolvers are really calling my name...

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    « Reply #3 on: August 24, 2015, 08:23:16 pm »
    If handed to me, I would not know how to operate a cap and ball revolver, but. That's not gonna stop me from one day purchasing a LeMat reproduction and having fun with it  :P.

    In addition to the LeMat, I would like a dragoon too.

    Black powder sounds like a lot of fun.
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    Re: A little fun today
    « Reply #4 on: August 25, 2015, 12:49:14 am »
    I'd go for an 1858 Remington replica or a Ruger Old Army in a heartbeat.   :cool    The most fun I ever had with a muzzle loading rifle was an old Lyman .36 caliber squirrel rifle.  Sweet shooter.  That thing actually made even ME look like a marksman.   ;)
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    « Reply #5 on: August 25, 2015, 12:58:25 am »
    Dunno a bag of beans about black powder, but I'd love a replica 1861 Navy or 1862 Police, doubly so if I could get it with a fluted cylinder.
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    Re: A little fun today
    « Reply #6 on: October 08, 2015, 05:31:24 am »
    I'd go for an 1858 Remington replica or a Ruger Old Army in a heartbeat.   :cool    The most fun I ever had with a muzzle loading rifle was an old Lyman .36 caliber squirrel rifle.  Sweet shooter.  That thing actually made even ME look like a marksman.   ;)

    We have my grandfather's old 32 caliber squirrel rifle. That thing is just obscenely accurate with round ball.

    I popped a prairie dog at 112 paces first shot. Most days I do good to SCARE prairie dogs with my scoped 22.
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    Re: A little fun today
    « Reply #7 on: October 09, 2015, 10:48:09 pm »
     :thumbup1   Its a blast shooting those small caliber muzzle loading rifles.  I love it.   :cool
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    Re: A little fun today
    « Reply #8 on: October 09, 2015, 11:34:26 pm »
    :thumbup1   Its a blast shooting those small caliber muzzle loading rifles.  I love it.   :cool

    I have some pretty good memories casting little balls, cutting sprue marks off, and taking it afield with my grandfather when I was not much taller than the rifle. He would pop a rabbit or a quail in the head. Then it was time to process the game and prep it to eat.

    The whole process felt very spiritual to me. You must pour the lead just right, and you must measure the black powder out of the horn. It is a magical thing for a youngster to see, or it was that way to me.
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