I'm not new to BP but it's been over 25 years since I've rammed a ball down the barrel.
Last week I received a T/C Hawken .50 flintlock rifle from JUNKKING. I'd been thinking about shooting BP again for a long time now that my son is all grown up. I've been tinkering with the Hawken for a few days getting used to it.
This morning when I got up, I decided to visit my good friend Bob Wilson. Bob and I have been friends for over 30 yrs and some of you met him at the TFF BBQ. Bob builds one of the finest Southern Mountain Rifles that I have ever seen. And his guns are accurate and have fired thousands of rounds down range at the NMLRA Spring and Fall shoots and various others around the country.
I was going on the visit to scrounge a few balls, powder and a good Black English flint to put the Hawken thru it's paces. We talked about old times and are making plans to improve the Hawken. Glass bedding, trigger work and maybe fire-lapping the barrel if needed.
Then I saw it.
One of his Sourthern Mountain Rifles leaned against the wall gathering dust. I asked if he wanted to do some trading and pulled out a Springfield 1911. We did some haggling and struck a deal.
The Rifle has a nice curley Maple full-stock with a 42 in. Rice barrel, Davis double set triggers, small Siler Lock, iron furniture & patch box and looks to be a hundred years old.....but it's not of course. Oh, and it's .45 caliber.
I've owned a few of Bob's rifles in the past and I can tell you these rifles will hold a group.
Two muzzle loading rifles in one week !!! I can honestly say that I'm a happy camper thanks to two good friends.
I'll post some pictures tomorrow.
Now starts the journey to find a powder horn, priming horn, ball starter, powder measure, possibles bag, knife, tomahawk, period clothes,etc.