Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Traditional Muzzle Loader HOG HUNT!

Congrats to Ray "HawgSlayer" on his monster hog! He's shooting a CVA Hawken .58cal that I cloned after my own personal Hawken! Its great to see your hard work turn into great memories for other folks!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Colorado Mule Deer Hunt

After 8 days of chasing bears in northern New Mexico and dropping the hammer on one, but unsuccessful at recovery after 6 HOURS of tracking on hands and knee,looking for more blood at the last spot a single drop was found, it was time to call to hunt and prepare for my Colorado Doe hunt.

We hunt an area just outside of Walsenburg Colorado which has everything from plains, foot hills and high altitude mountain hunting in the Greenhorn Mountains.

Dusky grouse will be present and all three of us plan on having our small game tags and two shot guns at the ready! One guy, most likely me, will have to hunt a day or two behind the video camera.

As usual, I will be taking my .58cal CVA Hawken on this hunt and using my load of 100 grains Goex 2f black powder, .020" Mink Oil lubed patches and home cast .570" round ball.

We have two doe tags between the three of us, so with the camper all ready to go and an appointment Thursday for the shop to install a goose neck hitch ( Lets hope!) we are very close to setting out on another adventure.

Monday, August 25, 2014

An interesting old muzzle loader

Picked this old muzzle loader up on an online auction a little while back, it finally came in while I was hunting. Man! You talk about some nice triggers for a piece this old. Appears to be .36 caliber with fast left handed twist rifling. The rifling has some pitting through out the bore, but while cleaning it last night, I did not have one ripped patch which tells me, We may have a  shooter!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Traditional Muzzle Loading LONG range Coyote kill!

Coyote was hit high in the shoulder/back area at 163 yards!

CVA Hawken .58cal, 100 grains Goex 2f, .020" Patch & .570" Round Ball

Monday, August 11, 2014

Lubricate your lock!

It hit me a couple days ago when I was cleaning my .58cal Hawken out and getting it 100% ready for the bear hunt coming up on August 16th. In the process I was swabbing the bore out with alcohol, removed the nipple and cleaned it out, made sure my tang screw was tight, It was tight! So tight I was grunting trying to remove it. Is that over kill? No way! Not when shooting a bedded .58cal Hawken like mine!

I took the lock out "Percussion" and cleaned it and as I was getting to spray it down with oil it hit me...We just rebuilt a 258 Inline 6 for our Jeep, use the friggin Moly break in lube! The moly lube is always a must have on a rebuilt motor, you use it on the valve train and especially in our case, the cam lobes. It is super slick and provides an excellent lubricant to parts that need a precise break in.

I cleaned the lock internals good with soapy water and piece of 0000 steel wool. Removing ALL traces of oil form the steel is highly important in order for the Moly to be massaged into the steel and embed itself into the pores.

Locks with a "Fly" installed, you should be careful to avoid the fly and its channel as the thicker moly grease can actually prevent it from moving due to the thickness.

Just massage a little into the locks tumbler and main spring recess area. The feel of the lock in action is simply amazing after applying this process!

A flintlock shooter may also apply a small amount to the frizzen spring and rub that in good, SLICK!

Those with doubt set triggers that may be polished but still have that, Not so right feeling, rub some moly on the top and sides! Just work that Moly lube into all those little nooks and crannies, IT WORKS! 

My Hawken set trigger used to have that loud, hollow sounding TINK to it when I'd set the trigger, Its been greatly reduced with the moly lube in there and the trigger is like an ice skate on glass.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Bear Hunt - The Possibles

Guy's, I am super excited to the point I am actually getting giddy! I've already swapped out to my smaller hunter size powder horn and filled it. It hold Aprox. under 1/4lb of powder. My ball bag is stuffed, to the point it can no longer hold any more .570" 278 grain round balls. Will I carry 23 round balls on me? Heck no! That's a couple extra pounds hanging from my neck! I will carry at least 7 balls in the field. If I need that many shots, I know a couple guys behind me, that hope they will be able to out run me on this bear hunt!

Now, I put together a nifty little throw N go box for my 58cal Hawken. Its an Altoids mint tin that was put into a fire and allowed to burn all the paint off and age. I stuffed some TOW in there for padding as well as for swabbing my rifle after the first shot in the field.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Traditional Muzzleloader Bear Hunt!


August 16th will find me in Northern New Mexico hunting black bear with my brother in law as well as two gentlemen from the World Hunting Club. The world hunting club will actually be professionally filming this hunt as I try to take a respectful sized bear with my .58 caliber CVA Hawken that I pieced together almost two years ago.

This hunt will be a Do it yourself hunt, no guides, no baiting, no dogs, just lots of hiking, spot/stalk and watching waterholes under the blistering New Mexico sun!

New Mexico is currently under a fire ban at the moment so that leaves it all up to me to film little sections of the video with me casting my round balls over an open  camp fire. Other segments will include me lubing my own patches, weighing the round balls that I just cast, swabbing the bore with TOW and preparing my rifle for the hunt.

If YOU would like to see something specific or give me some tips, Let me know!

I want to do this filmed hunt RIGHT. Not the silly lame rear end way that we have to see things on TV today.

Hunting with a traditional patched round ball muzzle loader,has always been one of my passions, and with me being able to film it cleanly, I want to make sure those watching it, get to voice some of their opinions on area's that I may over look. Scenery will NOT be left out, that's for darn sure!

Long speaking sessions will also try to be limited, I am a shut up and hunt style hunter, not a sit in front of the camera and talk your ear off, hunter.

You'll get to see my equipment close up and see how it's used and me HOPEFULLY putting it to use!

Speak up guys and girls! I want your views and opinions and tips on getting this done RIGHT!

Round Ball Elk Hunt


This morning i headed out bright and early to start my 4th season Colorado Cow Elk hunt. I was able to locate a bunch of tracks of deer and elk. Close to 4PM I had went back to the area after a break and a nap at home and started back up to where i had seen some deer early this morning, along with millions of deer tracks and a darn good number of elk tracks.

I had been keeping my eye open on a certain area where i had seen the deer and as i was sneaking through the trees and brush, I took a knee to look under some oak brush before heading out into the open where i was going to set up under a tree.

I knelt down, looked around my area, and my eyes drift upwards to the side of the mountain that was directly in front of me, half way up, all I see is dark brown/black/tan bodies half way up the side of the mountain. I set the double trigger on the CVA .54 Mountain Rifle.

All 6 cow elk had me pinned down and knew I was there.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Does centering your ball matter?

A lot of on the forums will hear the Traditional guys saying to stop using pre-cut patches and cut directly at the muzzle as its easier to center the ball in the patch every time rather than being off to the side from one load to the next.

While shooting off my shooting sticks at 150 yards, I took 2 shots before calling it quits as they were within 3" apart at 150 yards. It was time to experiment and learn for my self how much of a difference centering the patch VS slightly off centering the ball in the patch makes.

As we can see here, the patch on the left was slightly off center and blew out a portion where it was thinner and has was allowed to seem through, shredding and tears it apart.  The patch on the right was from one of my center shots at 150 yards which was directly dead center with the bulls eye.

Lets get to the fun part! TARGETS.
On the left we have 2 shots off my shooting sticks and patches that were carefully placed in the muzzle before being seated.
On the right we had 2 shots with the patches not being perfectly centered. The different in where those 2 shots impacted is GREATLY seem and could cost the hunter the animal he or she is trying to harvest. If its not a clean miss due to this off center patch, its going to be a wounded animal that most likely will not be recovered.

So if you are using pre-cut patches, spend some extra time and try to center them in the muzzle before pushing the ball down on top of the powder charge!