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Handguns & Holsters / Re: Black Powder Shooting - Powder Selections
« Last post by M1911A1 on October 12, 2018, 03:20:13 PM »
...I am not high tech, I am about as high tech as a spatula, some of my relatives might give the edge to the spatula in a run off...

 ;D    ;D    ;D


...You seem to have some knowledge. Would you mind sharing some of it?

Using a black-powder gun is extremely satisfying and rewarding...until you have to clean it. And I've cleaned a lot of 'em: Hot water, brush, hot water, brush, hot water, swab, swab, let dry, rub-in lots of oil, wipe most of it out, check for rust once-a-day. Cuss a lot. Hear wife cuss a lot.


I've taken a deer with a real antique Kentucky long rifle, back when I was 17 (I think...or maybe 18). And I've hunted deer and elk with a modern-made copy of a real Plains Rifle, but I never got one until I borrowed a friend's .30-'06 Mauser and then had to relieve myself in the middle of a logged hillside.

I've shot at clay birds with a real Manton caplock shotgun, and missed every one of them. But then, I've also missed every one of the ones I tried to hit with a Winchester Model 12, too.

I've had fun in practical-shooting practice, using a modern-copy Colt's 1861 Army caplock revolver, but I was singularly unsuccessful. A friend was much more successful in the same endeavor, albeit very slow, doing the Cooper Assault and making the reloads by switching-out cylinders.

But what I remember most from all of this was the clean-up. Man, was that memorable. Every time.
Speaking as an experienced black-powder shooter, I have to say that I continue to be so very glad that some people invented all of metallic cartridges, smokeless powder, and non-mercuric primers!
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Handguns & Holsters / Re: Black Powder Shooting - Powder Selections
« Last post by LEJoe on October 12, 2018, 02:55:23 PM »
  I have a .54 caliber Lyman Great Plains rifle. It's my second one. I bought a used one then sold it. Missed it so much I ordered another one just like it. Now, I am not high tech, I am about as high tech as a spatula, some of my relatives might give the edge to the spatula in a run off, but, I can tell you for sure that it is one of my most fun guns to shoot. There is just something about the history and the whole process of firing this gun that appeals to me. It's a fire breather and accurate as they come using only Pyrodex RS (the FFG equivalent) I use @90 grains for each shot. Deadly accurate.

  Now, I know I should not have done this, but I just had to fine out... I put a charge in the rifle, and let it set for SIX months. Took it out in the backyard, slapped a cap on it and nailed a milk jug full of water at 50 yards. Did it again, and left it loaded for TWELVE months to the day, and nailed a milk jug at 50 yards.

  I don't know anything about the difference between black powder and Pyrodex. But now that I am living down here in south Florida I do know that there are some wild hogs that will NOT be happy that I own this rifle.

  Pyrodex does stink. There was a test on the relationship with my wife when I washed the barrel in the bathtub. She's still here, and I still shoot that gun.  Side note: Life is good and flowers never hurt anything.   ::)
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Handguns & Holsters / Re: Black Powder Shooting - Powder Selections
« Last post by Taurian on October 12, 2018, 01:52:54 PM »
Steve,

Actually, Pyrodex does smell.

My point is that black powder substitutes can be used when black powder (FFG or FFFG) cannot be found. And, some are better than others. Hogdon Tripple 7 or Blackhorn 209, for example.  Some clean better than others, some have undesirable properties that, perhaps, would rule out my using it.

The point is to start a discussion and perhaps gain some knowledge about shooting black powder. You seem to have some knowledge. Would you mind sharing some of it?
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Handguns & Holsters / Re: Black Powder Shooting - Powder Selections
« Last post by M1911A1 on October 12, 2018, 01:20:05 PM »
I have never used a black-powder substitute.
If it doesn't make big clouds of smoke, and doesn't stink, what's the point?  ;) 
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Handguns & Holsters / Black Powder Shooting - Powder Selections
« Last post by Taurian on October 12, 2018, 05:43:55 AM »
I know that there are possibly some black Powder shooters out there.

Any comments on powders (GOEX, Pyrodex, Triple 7, other BP substitutes)?

For the first time BP shooter, I would be interested in your opinion(s) on these powders.

Currently, I am using Pyrodex P in the Traditions "Kentucky" pistol, and I really don't have any complaints (lack of knowledge = less to complain about).
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Firearm Reviews / Traditions 'Kentucky' Pistol in .50 Caliber
« Last post by Taurian on October 07, 2018, 03:28:36 PM »
First time shooting the Traditions 'Kentucky' pistol; a 'Capper' in caliber 50.

http://guntoters.com/blog/2018/10/07/pulling-me-in-part-2/

UPDATE 10/08/2018: I added a short video in the "shooting' section that my shooting companion took of the last shot fired (the one that resulted in taking out the 'X').
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Everything Else / Re: Smile
« Last post by flyover on October 07, 2018, 06:56:34 AM »
 :) :)
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Everything Else / Re: Smile
« Last post by LEJoe on October 04, 2018, 01:15:15 PM »
 :o :o   8)
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Everything Else / Re: Smile
« Last post by M1911A1 on October 03, 2018, 12:22:41 PM »
Ah, so, grasshopper...
Ancient wisdom, certainly.

Words to live by to reproduce by.
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Everything Else / Smile
« Last post by NorCalChuck on October 03, 2018, 12:16:20 PM »
Excellent thought for the day

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