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  1. heelerau

    Bushfire Tilden Park Western Australia

    My place got wiped out by a bushfire on the 1st of Feb. Both I and my now ex partner got out with pets and horses. Question, all my licensed muzzle loaders perished in the fire including 2 cap and ball and a mod 19 S&W revolver. Still some spring tension in the smith same with the cap and...
  2. heelerau

    Match lock

    I have started building a Tudor period match lock sporting gun, just for a fun, as parts are easily made in my forge. I have had a barrel turned up by a mate from carbon steel hollow bar, it is about .50 and mirror finished. Breech plug made from a grade 8 bolt , threaded 9/16 UNF 18 tip...
  3. heelerau

    G Waller

    I have just had a mates lovely little English hunting round ball rifle turn up at home. ( we won it at auction interstate). The cone was u/s and the hammer a replacement and it did not quite reach the top of the cone. Off to the blacksmith shop with the barrel and a brûlée torch. I fitted the...
  4. heelerau

    Re soldering an under rib on my Hollis

    I had a second go in my smithy to re solder the under rib on my old Hollis. Cleaned up with fine wet and dry, wiped down with methylated spirits. Tried tinning both parts with out much success. I am using rosin flux, not spirits of salts as that will rust badly. Clamped both parts together...
  5. heelerau

    Harrington and Richardson Springfield Stalker .45

    Gentlemen, my supervisor has shewn me a photograph of his mates late Fathers muzzle loading rifles. He has 3, and one is a Springfield Stalker in .45. I vaguely remember them advertised in the Shooters Bible back in the '70's.  Has anyone used one of these rifles, are they patched round ball...
  6. heelerau

    Baker Fusil

    <img src="<a href="https://flic.kr/p/2eyYKLr" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">image1 by Gordon Hazel, on Flickr" /> Off down the range yesterday, been working up this little rifle. It may as likely be a Baker style sporting rifle, although it was sold to my mate as an Officers Fusil. Bore is...
  7. heelerau

    Herb Knife and other Musings

    <img src="<a href="https://flic.kr/p/2cYnfWq" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">P1030106 2 by Gordon Hazel, on Flickr" /> <img src="<a href="https://flic.kr/p/2aherkb" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">P1030101 by Gordon Hazel, on Flickr" /> Gents, my mate Gary who is both a farrier and blacksmith of...
  8. heelerau

    My Blacksmith Shop

    <img src="<a href="https://flic.kr/p/2csroYu" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">P1030065 by Gordon Hazel, on Flickr" /> <img src="<a href="https://flic.kr/p/2b992s6" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">P1030066 by Gordon Hazel, on Flickr" /> <img src="<a href="https://flic.kr/p/NLCnUK" target="_blank"...
  9. heelerau

    Greased Felt

    Greased Felt Gentlemen I use a greased felt wad over powder in my English .72 slow twist patched ball rifle. That is because the bore is not mirror bright and has the odd pit. It seems to work fine, and the rifle keeps loading easily, I use a .30 denim patch lubed with ballistol and water.   ...
  10. heelerau

    Over Coat Pistol

    I have just had my mate Daves' coat pistol locks' cock adjusted, it now sparks ver reliably,  it is a replacement hence the work needed. Lockplate is marked Clare, opposite lock panel marked T.W.Edge.  London proof marks on the barrel. Only a foresight, no rear sight. Bore is ver nice, smooth...
  11. heelerau

    Isaac Hollis and Son bore Rifle

    Last Thursday I took my Isaac Hollis bore rifle to the range and shot a few ball downrange. I was given this rifle early last year by a good mate, long story. It is Forsyth rifled, so designed to shoot a patched ball at hi verlocity, it has a ver slow twist, about 1 turn in 110 inches. .72 I am...
  12. heelerau

    Good day at the Range

    Gents, yesterday I shot the offhand target for this site with Mike from Oz, a bit of wind, both with our flintlock long rifles, his Alamo and my early Lancaster light breeze. Have posted the targets off to Jonathan.        It was a good warm up for the class 1 event which is Rifled musket,50...
  13. heelerau

    Turkey Shoot

    I am considering putting on a Turkey Shoot as a novelty at our rifle club.  frozen turkey as the prize. I have a bunch of turkey targets that I printed off at work.  Has anyone participated and know how to run one of these?  I was thinking of setting the turkey target up behind a log as 60 yards...
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