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Old 01-01-2014, 06:10 PM
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Deer season is over for this year. Now it is time to buy a new license and look for coyotes travelling through your property. Time to set up your rifle in front of spare bedroom window --just in case.

Don't forget to open the window first!.
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Old 01-02-2014, 08:24 AM
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Our neighbor has a trail cam and gets yotes on it every night. Joyce shot a huge one, we figure 70 pounds. I missed one that came by 100 mph. Today, Jan 2, is the last day of RI antlerless and I doubt we will get out what with the snow and cold so I guess it is over. We will miss the woods. I will have to go back to writing about the striper surf, which, for me, is like tongue kissing yur aunt. I know i will miss the smell of burnt powder. We didn't see many deer but I hope to live long enough to eat what we do have. Lots of big bucks, even the does were huge. For me two 8-pointers in two years -- one was 202 dressed -- which is not something I usually do. We had five deer this year four of which were muzzleloader. Turkey wars next ....
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Old 01-08-2014, 11:57 AM
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Its been a tough week for duck hunters. One in Buzzards Bay where they found his yak and is presmumed dead. The other was two shooters died in the Westport River when their boat overturned. A third person survived. Duck hunting is our most dangerous form of hunting.
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Old 01-08-2014, 12:41 PM
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Very low on my list of things to do but I do know when bit by a bug (passion) it is hard to overcome. I think duck hunting on my list comes just after roller skating and before ice fishing but I do respect people's passions.

Very sorry they had to pay the ultimate price for their loves.
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Old 01-09-2014, 10:22 AM
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My life has been a string of sport love affairs and duck hunting was once one of them. The very nature of how it is done -- cold, water, rough seas in small boats -- makes it the most dangerous shooting sport. Best time is dawn which means going out in the dark to set up. Worse, when your motor is revved up and you hit an ice flow it amounts to a collision. I never started a duck hunt without being scared. Once they regulated it to death, combined with the fears, I quit.
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Old 01-09-2014, 12:30 PM
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This just in from the Shootng Sports Foundation:
In striking down the City of Chicago's 2010 ordinance banning the sales of firearms within city limits, U.S. District Court Judge Edmond E. Chang in his ruling released Monday provided important recognition that the right of Americans to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment also necessitates that they have the right to acquire those firearms through lawful commerce.
"Even as this ordinance was doing nothing to reduce criminal activity, it was clearly infringing upon the rights of law-abiding citizens to have firearms for self-defense and other lawful purposes, as was affirmed by the Supreme Court in the Heller and McDonald decisions," said Lawrence G. Keane, senior vice president and general counsel, National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). "This federal court has not only recognized another aspect of constitutional protection for citizens, but in a sense it also recognized that lawful commerce itself is protected, which is an important determination for our industry."
"As an industry organization, we are greatly appreciative of the Court's ruling," said Whitney O?Daniel, executive director, Illinois Association of Firearms Retailers. "The Court has made the rightful determination that lawful commerce of firearms should be allowed to happen in the City of Chicago, just as it happens elsewhere in the state of Illinois".
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Anybody want to come to SC and hunt coyotes? Was just outside, and heard a pack of about 30 yelping and running something down. Was in a creek about 200 yards from the back door. Only one I have seen in person was one recently struck on a highway one morning fresh killed, some redneck probably picked it up for stew. Was cool to listen to though...
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Old 01-10-2014, 10:58 AM
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Beg your flippin pardon. We rednecks don't eat coyotes. If it was picked up, it might have been skinned to sell the pelt. The next big enviro issue is going to be the "yotes" overpopulation.
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Beg your flippin pardon. We rednecks don't eat coyotes. If it was picked up, it might have been skinned to sell the pelt. The next big enviro issue is going to be the "yotes" overpopulation.
Yeah, but you aren't a SC redneck.... And they are starting to complain about over population down here...
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I spent a recent nasty weather day reading about coyotes and their proliferation. Poisoning has been tried, bounty on pelts has been tried, and unlimited hunting season have been tried but the nature of the species is that it has adapted and will be a constant problem. The only thing that will curb their growth is mother nature not producing food (the lost of small game) and the weather or even maybe disease.

Welcome to the new world of things that go haywire.
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Default The Hunting/Shooting Thread - rocklock FUN!

My Tip Curtis Carolina .45 flintock long gun. 36" Green Mountain barrel, Siler/Chambers lock, White Lightening touch hole, Davis double set triggers, brass furniture. I asked Tip for a "poor boy" maple stock - wonder what he would've sent if I asked for fancy flame maple?!!! His build workmanship is TOP SHELF and world's apart from the production over-the-counter stuff sold for nearly as much as what Tip charges. I need me another!

i ordered the long gun in-the-white and did the finishing myself. Rather that blueing or plumming the barrel, I left it to nature to add a patina over the years. If you like firearms and haven't messed with blackpowder yet, do so! It's a hoot! Yeah, flintlocks are more of a challenge in wet weather, but that just adds to the challenge of doing it the way our country's forefathers (and native americans) did it.

SO FAR, the good thing about flintlocks is there are NO regulations/laws for their purchase in any US state. Bought and sold mail order or whatever. No license or registration required. BUT, caplocks (percussion muzzleloaders) ARE regulated like any other metallic cartridge long gun firearm. Go figure.

Geez, I gotta get down to Georgia with this bad boy and make me some bacon!

















I made the possibles bag, knife, powder horn and horn tip powder measure, and I cast my own balls - that is, lead bullet balls, hah!





Getting it properly baptized this past summer at the Layton NJ range with some friends. Fast ignition time, super accurate with .440 balls @ 50 yards. It was pouring cats 'n' dogs that day but most of us got our rocklocks off.

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Great post, Rob. What a nice piece you have. Muzzleloading opens a whole new world of hunting opportunity. In nearby Rhode Island, two miles away for Joyce and I, we get over a month before the firearms season with our smoke poles. Of five deer this season, four were with black powder. But we have stopped shooting round balls and have gone to conicals. Patched round balls were too hard for my wife, Joyce, to seat so we went to Powerbelt bullets. I got another 8-point with my muzzleloader.
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i like the nostalgia of prb's but for easy loading and great unpatched accuracy it's hard to beat those lee r.e.a.l. conicals.
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Old 01-12-2014, 12:19 PM
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We have found that you can't do anything that will make a muzzleloader shoot badly. They hit in the same place with a ball, buffalo, Powerbelt 50 grains, 100 with patch or no patch, clean or dirty -- same point of impact.
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Old 01-12-2014, 12:48 PM
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there are some things that can make bp shooting more consistent and further improve accuracy, particularly with patched ballz. i use "dry lube" patch material (and never precut patches). most of my patch strips are cut up old ll bean flannel shirts, soaked in "dutch lube", allowed to "cure" and the the strips are rolled up and stuck in the possibles bag.

why a knife sliced patch strip rather than just using a round or square precut patching? isn't that a waste of time? nope. because once you sink the ball to just below the muzzle and cut off the excess patching, this results in a uniform "cupping" of the ball by the patch material, 360* around the ball. this will not happen every time, if ever, with a precut patch because it's near impossible to center the ball on the patch.

fwiw, what and how i approach rocklock loading & maintenance ...

DUTCH LUBE - for pre-lubing patches
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6 parts of water and 1 part of Ballistol - the 6:1 formula is not written in stone, and one can experiment with variations from 4:1 to 8:1 - see what works best in your long gun with regards to ball diameter and patch thickness.

patch strips are about 1.5" x 18" long, 100% cotton or linen only

Dutch Lube directions - lay the strips of cloth into the Dutch Lube, swirl around and allow a few minutes to fully saturate, lift up one strip at a time and use two fingers of your hand to compress the cloth as you pull through which will remove all the excess lube, lay the strips down FLAT to dry off ... the water will evaporate but the oil will remain in the cloth ... the cured patch cloth will feel totally dry to the touch! no muss, no fuss, a perfect patch every time!

DUTCH'S MOOSE MILK -
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powder after after shot and after a shooting session
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1 part Ballistol
1 part Lestoil or Pinesol
2 parts hydrogen peroxide
20 parts water

Dutch's Moose Milk usage -

1. Between Every Shot - lightly saturate a patch, it should not be wet, just damp, and run it down and up the barrel only ONCE. Reload.

2. After Every Shooting Session - run wet patches down the barrel until they come relatively "clean", run down a few dry patches, last patch should be saturated with WD-40, and leave that patch/ramrod down the barrel. Remove the lock and clean with Moose Milk, dry off the lock, re-install.

SHOOTING SESSION PROCESS
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For the first shot of the day, pull the hammer to half XXXX, open the frizzen and put toothpick in touch hole, charge the barrel with 30-40 grains of black powder (no patch, no ball), remove the toothpick, prime the pan, pull the hammer to full XXXX and fire. IMMEDIATELY, wipe the barrel with Moose Milk as described above.

Flintlock loading - open the frizzen and put a toothpick into the touch hole, pour measured charge down the barrel, hit the barrel with the heel of your hand to settle down into the breech area, place patch strip over muzzle, press ball into patch strip, press ball down just past the muzzle (may require a short starter ramrod), cut off excess patching, ram ball smoothly to seat on the powder (may intially require the use of a short starter ramrod), remove the toothpick, fill the pan 2/3rds full of priming powder and keep that powder away from the touch hole, pull the hammer to full XXXX, fire.

After every shot, clean the barrel as described above.

After a shooting session, clean the barrel and lock as described above.

fwiw, i use 3f for charging both the pan and barrel with a .45 caliber long gun. there is no need for 4f in the pan and 2f down the tube, particularly with very well made locks and good chert, er, "flint".

i make my flints from texas chert flakes ...



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