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What are your best load combos and for what purpose?
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Well, after a long day in Denver yesterday and an injection right into a bulged disk, I felt pretty good this morning! A bulged disk pinching a nerve was causing severe muscle spasms and as I found ...Read Full Post
Dec/22/2015 11:31 pm
I decided to fire her off after having it loaded for over a week.Its my 1860 army colt .44cal I bought from Traditions around this time last year. Great shooting little revolver but today I got my ...Read Full Post
Nov/10/2015 1:22 pm
First off, my brother in law does it once more! Lucky bastard to put it nicely. We all had HOT hunts in the low to mid 80's and on day 4, he spotted a small 2x2 and 3x3 and was putting on a stalk to ...Read Full Post
Oct/24/2015 6:01 pm
Yup, Pappy had a 23 year dry spell when it comes to elk hunting. He got his first on the 16th of September at 146 yards with a single shot through the shoulder with the 300gr AL and 100gr Blackhorn209 ...Read Full Post
Sep/29/2015 2:56 pm
No boys, not that kind of glass! I'd never scope my sidelock. Well, not only is the Hawken updated with new steel trim " Still a work in progress" I got some new contacts and wanted to see ...Read Full Post
Jul/19/2015 11:07 pm
And made by yours truly! I got tired of patch lubes that help in loading but don't help worth a squat for reloading easy and especially, for not helping to keep rust OUT while in the field. After mo ...Read Full Post
Jun/13/2015 9:49 pm
Well, After years of having a camera over my shoulder while I shoot. I FINALLY pulled it off 2 days ago with that .58cal CVA Hawken. Now when I post groups with that rifle, folks MAY actually believ ...Read Full Post
Jan/29/2015 1:18 pm
Came in late last night! 12gauge CVA Hawken black powder muzzle loader barrel! Got it all fitted to my CVA Hawken stock that my .58cal barrel goes on to. A great 2 in 1 rifle now! ...Read Full Post
Jan/29/2015 2:48 am
I bought these a couple weeks back. They are the new 270gr federal bor lock bullets which are 100% copper and a conical bullet. They load super easy as you will see in my video. Accuracy was great wit ...Read Full Post
Nov/30/2014 1:37 pm
The other day I was able to take some time and test out Goex's hotrod powder brand, Olde Eynsford. Its made to compete with Swiss black powder but around $10 cheaper than Swiss. Old faithful came out ...Read Full Post
Oct/27/2014 3:24 pm
The Hawken I built for an online buddy, the rear sight ran out of adjustment and so I had him send the barrel in so I could fit a more traditional looking sight that would work better as far as adjust ...Read Full Post
Oct/27/2014 3:11 pm
I am in need of help on size of bullets,primer,pellets or powder to use for Elk hunt.I got a CVA Accura V2 50 cal PR 3112SSC ...Read Full Post
Sep/18/2014 11:06 pm
Today was friggin perfect for shooting! Now and then I'd get a gust of wind in my face but it would die down, I'd cock the hammer, squeeze the trigger then go take a picture of the target.Let me ...Read Full Post
Aug/01/2014 10:13 am
I got her a handful of days ago boys! Best money I ever spent on a revolver. I did buy it from Traditions, but its actually made by Pietta. Pietta has REALLY improved their quality since the last one ...Read Full Post
Jul/17/2014 11:33 am
Amazing hot, very little to no wind, some cloud cover which helps keep the sun from running you back inside, I'd rather be on the lake in my canoe but since that takes 2 people to lift and I didn't ...Read Full Post
Jun/30/2014 12:57 pm
Got out to 150 yards this afternoon with the 58cal Hawken and am ready to drop a doe come September! 2 clicks up puts me perfectly out to 150 yards with 100gr Goex 2f, .020" Mink Oil Lubed patc ...Read Full Post
Jun/17/2014 2:56 pm
Damn right it can! I got my 58 out today at 170 yards and was blown away! I did have a slight hang fire due to pushing some swabbing solution into the bolster. I could have prevented that had I fired ...Read Full Post
Jun/11/2014 8:15 pm
With everyone buying gear and loading up for the upcoming Elk hunts this year, lets take a look at the Powerbelt Bullet and what Powerbelt you should consider, as well as powder charges for that bulle ...Read Full Post
May/21/2014 8:36 pm
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First off, the wind has been horrible the past 3 days in a row, today was mild at 30-35mph gusts here and there, sadly, the wind was on my range during the entire shoot so I had to go with it. Wind ...Read Full Post
Apr/03/2014 2:40 pm
“Tow” is a fiber of the flax plant stem. It is the weight of cotton, but has longer, stiffer fibers. Can be reused. In the early days of muzzleloading guns, “tow& ...Read Full Post
Mar/19/2014 3:45 pm
I always like to look through Ebay and find some odd ball stuff. In the process I came across Minuteman patch lube. All natural Liquid lube that is a very light green color and has a slight non o ...Read Full Post
Mar/19/2014 3:44 pm
A gent on another forum helped me out with this, Its the Mink Fink Shoot target a good deal of Rendezvous have to offer. Print it out and put your off hand stills to the test. ...Read Full Post
Mar/14/2014 11:37 am
Loaded up the Traditions Strikerfire with 100gr Blackhorn209, CCI 209 M primers and headed to the 50 yard range to see how the load would perform.Pros - Outstanding accuracy!Cons - Unloadable unless ...Read Full Post
Jan/05/2014 7:32 pm
Got the 58 Hawken out to 50 yards and after 5 shots, I like it. The smell isn't all that great, especially on an empty stomach, but the stuff works at protecting the patch. I used the larger .575&q ...Read Full Post
Jan/05/2014 7:25 pm
I've been testing for a couple weeks now, but I had saw on another forum that an old patch lube called " Lehigh patch lube" was brought back under a new owner and also brought back as the OR ...Read Full Post
Jan/02/2014 5:42 pm
For starters, I was working with 3 new things, a new ball size, patch size and a new to me powder.90 grains Schuetzen 2f black powder.575" round ball.020" patch lubed with mr flintlocks patc ...Read Full Post
Dec/30/2013 5:49 am
25 grains Pyrodex P, .015" patches lubed with the new stuff, .490" round ball, 20 yards. Lastnight i fully bedded the tang and rear section of the barrel to fill in some inletting gaps. ...Read Full Post
Dec/23/2013 9:28 pm
Just had to do it! It was sitting there on the table all by its lonesome and here I was, with a muzzleloader all ready to go with 80gr clean shot an my hand poured 370 Maxiball. It made a nice target ...Read Full Post
Nov/10/2013 9:14 am
So I have been wanting to get out and get some shooting done with this rifle for quite some time now! Finally got out yesterday with the 370gr maxiballs i cast, and using only 80gr clean shot " o ...Read Full Post
Nov/02/2013 10:33 am
Anybody have a good powder and round combo that will drop an Elk out to 200 yards? I'm going to start experimenting with Pyrodex RS this weekend for loose powder with the 295 gr PowerBelts. I need s ...Read Full Post
Sep/29/2013 3:03 am
FINALLY got out to do some shooting. A horrible day to choose as it was 90* and the sun was just beating down on me. 5 shots total, 3 for the group and 2 more 15 minutes later once I adjusted my sight ...Read Full Post
Sep/01/2013 11:47 am
Yesterday while doing some testing, I got tired of my table wobbling and then my chronygraph sitting in the dirt. Just used some building bricks and made a platform for both the table and my chrony. H ...Read Full Post
Aug/21/2013 6:03 am
Got out to 100 yards today. EXTREMELY happy with the way this lil $190 Wolf does with the 300gr PT Gold!CVA WolfHarvester Scorpion PT Gold 300 grainHarvester E-Z load sabots110gr Blackhorn209CCI 209 M ...Read Full Post
Jul/30/2013 2:10 pm
After reading the Dutch Schoultz Black powder rifle accuracy system I got in yesterday, I decided to go ahead and weigh all my balls. I picked the normal group that were 264.4 - 264.6 grains, 11 ...Read Full Post
Jul/24/2013 9:30 am
Yesterday Since I got my Harvester order in this evening I decided to grab the Apex, 110gr Blackhorn209 and the 300gr Harvester Scorpion PT Golds with Hrvester E-Z Load " Black Smooth" Sa ...Read Full Post
Jul/23/2013 2:12 pm
Finally wanted to take a SLIGHT break from my 58 and let some acraglas set up for a couple more days. I loaded up 80gr Blackhorn209, CCI 209M primers, 300gr Powerbelt Aerolite and weight out to my 10 ...Read Full Post
Jul/21/2013 12:30 am
A few years ago I picked up a CVA Blazer. I originally started my muzzleloading success off with a .45cal cva blazer but once the stock broke, along with the nipple, i had to send it back to cva for a ...Read Full Post
Jul/10/2013 7:18 pm
Recovering a 280 grain .570" round ball from the range yesterday, reminded me of our current chat about the Aerolite and how that huge hollow point makes to expand to quickly and bust into pieces ...Read Full Post
Jun/14/2013 6:56 pm
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Now the last time I went out, I had a bad group, I had changed nipples out as well as mixed my olive oil - beeswax patch lube to thick and ran out of round patches so i settled for square hand cut p ...Read Full Post
Jun/12/2013 2:11 pm
Got a pound of 1 - 1/2 FG and a pound of 3f to try out. The 1 1/2 Fg isnt bulky at all. Olde Eynesford VS Goex. 2 1/2" 3 shot group on my first try with 100gr OE 1 1/2 Fg, .018" patc ...Read Full Post
Jun/06/2013 10:55 am
When i first got the IMR WhiteHots to test out, I shot these 2 groups with the 250gr Aerolite Powerbelt, Winchester W209 primers and both 100 and 150 grain charges of WhiteHots @ 100 yards. The bottom ...Read Full Post
May/31/2013 2:17 pm
Not sure how many of you use Speed Loaders. I used to use them but after having them pop open in my pocket and dumping their powder i got sick of them. An online forum buddy started selling these and ...Read Full Post
May/22/13 12:55 am01406
Many companies such as CVA have very tight bore tolerance within 2 thousandths of an inch of the actual caliber size and others can vary from 4 to 6 thousandths. Because of this CVA recommends the lin ...Read Full Post
May/14/2013 9:59 pm
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Doing some testing a couple years ago I used some Birchwood Casey bore cots and tested a CVA Apex .50cal, 100gr Blackhorn209, CCI 209M Primers, 295gr Powerbelt Aerotip @ 100 yards. My first 3 shots w ...Read Full Post
May/15/2013 11:39 pm
Finally found this on my site! I always have been interested in how powders can really mess up accuracy with a bullet you know the rifle likes, how a simple 209 primer can horrible hurt accuracy with ...Read Full Post
May/09/2013 10:12 am
Been working up loads and trying new patch material. This new load looks like a winner! I used 120gr Goex 2f, .018" pillow tick lubed with olive oil. 50 yards. Top 3 shots are my groupers. The ne ...Read Full Post
May/08/2013 12:22 pm
Ok, after almost a hundred rounds thru my Optima and i mean 100, i couldnt get the F'n thing to sight in. I almost threw my rifle in to the freaking desert. BUT,(remember i am new to muzzelloaders) lu ...Read Full Post
May/07/2013 1:57 pm
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100 yards, 120 grains Goex 2f, .020" patch, .570" round ball. I had taken 3 shots easier with the 562 ball with 110gr and it didnt like that at all, I covered those 3 with the rifle in the p ...Read Full Post
Apr/27/2013 10:25 am
I first got wind of these bullets back in 2007ish-early 2008. They were new on the internet market and no one was willing to try them due to the price "hey its a Barnes bullet, what do you expect ...Read Full Post
Mar/03/2013 9:28 am
Ran out of lead after a huge bullet order. I at times cast REAL bullets and Maxiballs and sell them. An order came in that i had to fill and it wiped my lead supply out big time. My brother in law de ...Read Full Post
Feb/22/2013 10:57 am
I started this project back in Mid September 2012. I was jacking around with a bidder on ebay, he said almost $200 for the barrel but cheaped out and I won the stock for $90 with shipping! I laughed a ...Read Full Post
Feb/19/13 12:37 am01470
I have to say. The amount of powder I put in and the grains is all about the twist I have. 1/7 may get a hotter load, say 100 grains of powder and a 1/10 or higher may only see 50. With that said. My ...Read Full Post
Feb/17/2013 3:11 pm
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