Black powder enthusiasts -advice needed

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  1. Guitarzan

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    It was not easy, and it contributed to the use of formations and shooting volleys at closer ranges while standing.

    It also contributed to the use of bright uniforms, guide-on's, and flags.
     
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    OP, look up www.trackofthewolf.com

    They broker many privately built historic firearms

    I’m a re-enactor myself as well as a gun builder. Here’s a few shots 0C68CDA7-DF80-42CE-B06C-3A3CAF130AD5.jpeg 18473D00-B22D-4C2A-B874-727E6ABBE8CA.jpeg A399CA3A-7E2A-41D0-8928-36B0F5919CC2.jpeg of one of my latest.
     
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    Yes, certainly.
     
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    Good looking work! I spent a good number of years in my youth doing machine work and appreciate the fact that there are still people who aren't satisfied with "close enough for government work".
     
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    My dad was a black-powder enthusiast. He had a cannon bored just right for small frozen-juice cans filled with cement; a .45-70 Springfield, a Sharps replica, and a side-hammer percussion muzzle-loader made by one Billinghurst, I think in the 1830s, an over-under affair with a 12-gauge shotgun on the bottom and a .30 caliber ball rifle on top. He hunted deer with it, successfully. It was very accurate, I think to 100 yards or so, but I forget.

    I had it for a couple years in college while my folks moved overseas. I took it out to a range a couple times, but it by then had developed such a hair-trigger that it was unsafe to shoot. My son had it fixed a few years ago, so it's usable again, but it's pretty much a wall-hanger now.

    Dad was principal at a small elementary school in California. Once before I was in high school he volunteered to go pick up a new school bus from the factory, in Kentucky I think. He stopped by the duPont factory, and came back with 50 pounds of black powder (that would probably be frowned upon today). That provided him with lots of shooting, cannon-firing, and other explosions for the rest of his life.
     
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    “Smell that? You smell that? Black powder, son. Nothing else in the world smells like that. I love the smell of black powder in the morning ..... "

    My last build, Summer of 2019, from a Kibler Colonial .54 kit, circa mid 19th century from the F&I war to the revolution. I ordered real fancy wood in case I didn't like the gun it'd be a selling point. I actually don't like fancy wood, but she's the best flinter I've ever shot and I've had dozens of 'em over the decades. Swamped Rice barrel, Chambers-Siler lock, and Tru-Oil over real deal aqua-fortis acid stain.

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    A very fond memory I have is having a great time with my dad operating his "beer can-cannon" which would launch a half-filled-with-gravel can a good 100 yards into the field, via black powder.
    We also used to sometimes split very large stumps for firewood by drilling a hole into the center, filling it with a mixture of black powder and fertilizer pellets, tamping up that hole with dowel with a small hole drilled for fuse, light it, run for cover, and wait for the glorious explosion that lifted chunks of wood high into the sky :)

    Oh how I miss my dad! He's gone just over a month now
     
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    That is a very nice long rifle. I have always intended to buy or build one myself.

    Is that maple?
     
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    Yes, curly tiger maple. You can't image the upcharge I paid for that wood!! :eek: o_O :confused:
     
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    I'm not a rifle guy, but you've got a real beauty on your hands. That white barrel looks primo!
     
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    i used to be crazy for black powder guns. i gave it up, and motorcycles, for electric guitars.
     
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    When I used to smoke I found that if the flint broke on my Kentucky I could turn it into a "matchlock" by putting a lighted cigarette in place of the flint, worked a treat. Trouble is aI gave up smoking 30 years ago os now I just carry a couple of spare flints, not as much fun.
     
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