- Aug 8, 2018
- Lower Left Alabama, or Alaska
shooting smoothe bores since early 60's, always looking for a handy and speedy way to load/reload, and hanging a shooting pouch, horn, and shot snake, just doesn't work too well in my south east hunting environment. The understory will latch on to anything you have hanging about you. I used various paper cartridge combinations etc. Tried the plastic loaders but plastic (in my opinion) and flintlock just don't go together. Thats just me, your milage may vary... Anyhow, looking at old woodcuts of early 1500-1600's shooters, noticed the wooden "collar" powder holders, sometime later called the "apostles" I believe, that, and the idea of the modern powder/ball loaders such as TC made, I grabbed hold of a couple lengths of native cane while on a visit to north Alabama. This is the native cane, not the imported bamboo common around the coastal area. No one would know or care but me, but just the same, what I wanted to use. I cut the sections in a length that each end would hold my standard Turkey load of 90 gns. 2F and equivalent shot and take the inside length of the plugs. The cords go through "eyes" I made of either forged out steel or twisted rawhide. the two ends go through the top plug (powder end) and when pulled tighten up the plugs on both ends. As wild Turkey hunting is pretty much a one shot event for me, I only carry one or two in my pocket and/or strung around my neck and tucked in my shirt/jacket, out of the way. I carry cards in my pocket and eliminate the wad if I have to load a second time. The pattern board showed 5 or so cards gave the same shot pattern as using the wads. Just using the cards simplifies things for me. Depending on which part of my hunting lease i'm on, i may carry a ball puller and worm so I can pull out the overshot card, dump the shot, load a 12 ga. ball and replace the card due to the possibility of running into hogs that are doing their best to destroy the dirt roads to my fields. Anyhow, thought someone else may want to try this way. As I said, shooting BP since 60's have about tried everything and this is what has worked for me the last few years.