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    Just starting

    'Squatch, I notice you say your rifle will not be finished until late winter, or springtime. That is good. The best advice I was given by a master builder was along the lines of "When you feel like really leaning on the chisel and moving some wood, set it down and take the dog for a walk." When...
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    What's Your Favorite Sidelock?

    A beautiful little lefty 40 caliber of Early Virginia style built quite a few years ago by Jack Patterson in Upstate New York. Has had a lot of rounds through it, and has to have a couple of home-cut felt wads over the powder to help control the fouling. I love taking this rifle out to hunt...
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    Keeping firearms dry during storage

    Growing up in central New Hampshire we had special canisters for crackers and other crisp snacks that featured a humidity absorbing cartridge, When they turned pink from absorbing humidity they went in the kitchen oven on low setting until they went blue. Even here in Colorado dampness can...
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    Wads.....

    My first ML was quite rough back where the load sits. Could feel the roughness when patching. It was a 50 caliber, and on advice of Old Coop I tried various diameters and thicknesses of wool felt wads. Best combination was two eighth inch thick wads a bit above bore diameter. Seating them was...
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    Sighting in and working up a load

    A couple of things I have noticed when first shooting a new barrel/new rifle: It is best to get about 50 rounds through a new barrel before trying to get serious about adjusting the sights. Like many things, gun barrels break in, and also get settled into the stock. I know the barrel is ready...
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    Large amounts of fouling after each shot

    About a year ago I began experiencing a lot of black, sludgy fouling in my favorite rifle, a lefty 40 caliber flinter built by Jack Patterson in Upstate New York. Great rifle, won quite a few awards with it, most exciting hunting I do each year is for cottontails with this rifle. Tried all sorts...
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    How much has humidity impacted your shooting ?

    Excessive humidity is only a problem for me once or twice a year., in the form of a soup puddle in the fired pan, Wipe it dry with the raggedy end of the patch strip before priming again. Lack of humidity can be a problem many times a year at CSMLA events. I'll shoot a target, and after...
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    Tuned up Lee casting items

    A few days ago I dug out an old Lee REAL mold for the 250 grain 50 cal bullet, to run some projectiles up for a Pedersoli Rolling Block ML purchased from an estate. It's an older model, uses #11 caps, simple metallic sights. My first in-line. Found the handles on the mold had loosened. Thought...
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    Cleaning compound?

    When I first started my migration from modern rifles I found a simple recipe for Moose Milk on the 'net, and have used it ever since for patch lube at contests and practice. Also use it to "pre-clean" at the range. Several wet patches for the bore, and a couple damp ones for the lock area. If I...
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    Rocky Mountain High... Colorado

    The photo of the knife edge ridge on Capitol Peak brings back memories. Back when I was one of the hard boys in the Rocky Mtn Rescue Group another member and I had to make three tries to summit Capitol. The first two times we were chased off by lightning striking below us! Finally got on the...
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    RE: greetings from MA !

    Welcome from the People's Republic of Boulder (Colorado). Crazy liberal place, but we have an 800+ member gun club, with a five year waiting list to join, and are making progress on plans to expand the facilities.
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    Fighting the Triple 7 crud ring

    When all I had was percussion arms I tried Triple 7 and had no problems with it. These were sidelock designs, using CCI #11 and #11 magnum caps. One of my "modern" rifles is an old Savage Model 23 in 22 Hornet. Interesting bolt gun, receiver and barrel are all one piece of steel. Loading with...
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    Favorite Modern long guns - a continuation of the Traditional thread.

    Sometime in the early 1980's I became financially successful enough to have my dream western hunting rifle built. Base is a left handed Rem 700 action, blueprinted as if building an NRA Highpower Rifle for competition. A Mark Chanlynn/Rocky Mtn Rifleworks barrel in 7mm was fitted, and chambered...
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    What's Your Favorite Sidelock?

    My favorite sidelock? Well, have to say there are two. The first is a TC Renegade built from a "kit" about 1984-1985. I was finding hunting with modern rifles didn't have enough challenge, and resolved to make the hunt harder, as in having to get closer. At the time I was very involved in NRA...
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    Let's Get Back To Muzzleloading - Traditional & In-Line / What's your feelings about scopes on traditional muzzle-loaders?

    Having first earned the Distinguished Rifleman badge with an M1 (Don McCoy built), then switched to an M1A, then to an M16 clone, I have an appreciation for the US military rifles. My "brother-in-law" loaner rifle is a remodeled 1903 Springfield- two groove GI barrel was turned to a smooth...
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