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Old 12-03-2009, 09:21 AM   #1
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1st time black powder shooting!

Ahead of Thanksgiving I went over to watch a bunch of older gents shoot their smoke poles in an old-time Turkey shoot, albeit with paper targets and not a live bird...

A friend of mine from Cowboy Action decided to let me use his muzzle-loader and equipment, and after giving me a demonstration and some supervision on how to operate everything, I got to shoot too!

Let me just say that loading and shooting a muzzle loader is a hoot! I simply did not know what I was missing! Very cool... although I'm sure the clean up is a bit time consuming. Anyway, needless to add, I'm hooked again by yet another shooting sport. ::) :)
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:37 AM   #2
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1st time black powder shooting!

Yeah, the clean-up is what's hard to get beyond! And the loading can sometimes be a hassle (you'll notice the breeze more) when the ten-minute relay of your range comes to a close just as you finally get the thing loaded . . . then the officers have to hold everybody up while you trundle to the bench and get off your (hurried and therefore pretty much worthless) shot.

But, you're right, amigo: BP is a hoot! About once every three months I get a hankering to get back into it. There are such lovely and nifty guns available, and the fact that there are fewer restrictions (hunting, possessing, mailing, buying, etc.) on them just makes me feel better about them, even though it doesn't particularly matter to me. What never ceases to amaze me is how accurate they can be.

If you start buying gear, do us a favor and post pictures and discussion about them. You might just lead me back into the sulfurous haze!
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Old 12-03-2009, 05:55 PM   #3
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1st time black powder shooting!

I love my black powder guns, but I'm with Erich - sometimes the cleanup keeps me from getting them loaded up. Nevertheless, when I do, I have a great time, and my kids LOVE the smoke and bang.
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Old 12-27-2009, 08:33 AM   #4
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1st time black powder shooting!

And it's great when you go BOOM and all that smoke billows up and the rest of the shooters on the line go"what was that?"

You also learn to take your time and enjoy just being at the range.

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Old 06-21-2010, 01:39 PM   #5
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1st time black powder shooting!

His: .50 1 in 66" twist caplock Traditions "Pennsyltucky" [Spain]

Hers: .50 1 in 48" twist caplock Lyman Deerstalker [Italy]

Top: .50 caliber muzzleloader

Modelo Argentino 1879 Patria .43 Spanish

Finnish M91 Tikka 7.62x54r

Finnish M39 VKT 7.62x54r

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Old 10-21-2011, 05:02 PM   #6
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Wow an old black powder Turkey shoot that brings back memories.
The new Turkey shoot or spot shoot as it is called today is a lot different, most use custom shotguns in most shoots now days. They still shoot paper in the small shoots but the longer distance shoots use ply-wood boards as targets. The longer distance shoots can be as much as 50yds & you get to take up to 10 or 12 shots at the one target. It is normally a fund raiser for the shooting house; we shoot for meat & money prizes. It is still a lot of fun to compete in these type shoots.
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Old 11-16-2011, 06:16 AM   #7
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I use only real blackpowder and side hammer Flint or cap. Cleaning is easy hot soapy water followed by dry rags and bore butter or Ballistol. Most of the time Ballistol cut in water to make a milky Blk. powder cleaner with patchs. I mix a quart in a gaterade bottle. It will clean alot guns. Ballistol is great for everything new and old. I don,t use fake black powder or zip-gun inlines with scopes. I use old style with iron sites and round ball. One must remember that all the game in this country was shot off with real black powder by the late 1800,s. By the 1900,s most game was hard to find till after WW2 and really wild game came back strong after the 1960-70,s. The depression in the 1920,s killed off alot of game. The deer herds came back strong with urban no hunting and game laws in the same 1960-1970 era. today there are alot of deer and other game that was protected,but still poached. Natures food locker is the real fast food.
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Old 12-07-2011, 03:18 AM   #8
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I shoot Muzzleloader rifles, pistols, a 43mm cannon, and various BP cartridge rifles including 45-70, 50-140 Sharps, and .577 British Snider. Fun,Yes, Messy, yes, so I clean mine in the bathtub with Hot soapy water. Rub a dub dub...LOL.

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