Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Patched Round Ball Mule Deer Hunt

September 10th, my brother were in southern Colorado hunting, deer,elk and bear. The first day we didn't do a morning hunt due to getting into camp at midnight. We spent the afternoon and evening setting up camp, getting things squared away and finally got out to do a little scouting on the lower lands. The low lands showed some deer prints in the valley we were looking, but it was pretty darn dry and hot there so we decided to skip that and concentrate on the elk first.

Day 2 comes by and we are in a new area just loving the heck out of it! Over 10,000 feet in deep thick forest and aspen. On the way up we kicked up a couple doe and then a small buck that went straight up a steep cliff and into the aspens.

The past 4 years they FINALLY allowed does to be hunted and since then, the buck population has exploded to the point, I actually feel comfortable putting in for a buck tag.

So on day 2, we kick up a couple does, hes getting his rifle ready and Im looking and said, forget it, to small! They look big in the woods, but if you have the time, you can look at their heads and if it looks almost like a dog in a way, short, shubby and scruffy, its not a mature doe.

They took off after a while and we moved on, finding some torn up ground, followed that and eventually worked into a large section of aspen.

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Traditions Mountain Rifle .50cal - Percussion Review

The Traditions® Mountain Rifle is a high-quality modern muzzleloader with an old-school flare. The Mountain Rifle maintains the classic styling and handling of time-honored Sidelock rifles, while offering great performance and affordability.

Weight: 8lbs 3oz
Overall Length:  48 3/4"
Hooked Breech
Flintlock & Percussion
.50 Caliber with 1:48 twist
Traditional Sights
Lifetime Warranty
The double set triggers I judge to be set to around 3lbs with a little over travel in them. I have not taken the triggers out of the rifle yet to grease them properly and once I do that, I am sure any creep I feel now, will disappear.

The triggers also seem to be inletted properly, depth wise. On the original Mountain Rifle, the previous makers had some trouble inletting the triggers to deep and so you had problems when you went to full cock, the lock wouldn't always catch that mark because the trigger was rubbing up against the sear, preventing the sear to engage the tumbler. Shimming under the front of the trigger to lift it up out of the way a bit was needed to fix this issue. So far, I have NOT experience this episode on the Traditions Mountain Rifle.

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Traditions Mountain Rifle .50cal - Flintlock Review

The Traditions® Mountain Rifle is a high-quality modern muzzleloader with an old-school flare. The Mountain Rifle maintains the classic styling and handling of time-honored Sidelock rifles, while offering great performance and affordability.

Weight: 8lbs 3oz
Overall Length:  48 3/4"
Hooked Breech
Flintlock & Percussion
.50 Caliber with 1:48 twist
Traditional Sights
Lifetime Warranty

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Frontier's Anti-Rust & Patch Lube - Tips & Tricks Video


Patched Round Ball Inconsistencies

This subject popped up on another forum but it was more about Round Ball Weight from factory VS hand cast.

The discussion was the dry patch lube yada, along with sorting your round balls out and getting rid of the lighter balls.

I do all of my round ball casting and can tell you this, store bought is normally more accurate with a lot less throw back in the pot, round balls.

I weighed some premade .490" balls from Traditions that came with my Hawken Woodsman and they are all within 4 grains of each other. You can not ask for much better consistency IMO.

After a good deal of testing, even out to 150 yards, I found that sorting your balls to within 1 1/2 grains of each other was a complete waste of time. If you are hand casting and know how you can not make them a consistent weight, then it might be a good idea to weigh and sort them, but otherwise, its a waste of time because +/- 4 grains has never caused any fliers in any of my rifles.
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Weather Proofing your sidelock muzzleloader

I am not a hunter that likes to pull a charge or fire off the charge at the end of the hunt. I take great care in keeping moisture out by using Plumbers tape and the ear plug trick and have not had a hang fire once in the field since switching away from greased nipples during hunting season. And Yes, I do use the synthetic powder in my sidelock muzzleloaders which is even more prone to sucking up moisture in the air than regular black powder.

Every time I pull the percussion cap off and stick my rifle back into my carrying case, that ear plug goes right over the nipple and the hammer is let down! While ATV'ing, its not uncommon to hit puddles or even run into weather that likes to sprinkle and make everything nice and soggy. When I get back to camp, I know that nipple is covered and can either go inside the camper or the truck for the night and still be safe by mornings hunt.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

New Arrival - Traditions Hawken Woodsman Review

Fresh off the big brown truck!

 This sucker if BEEFY compared to my Hawken Woodsman Flintlock version. I'll have to ask about that and see if they changed up the design a bit.

Beefy is good!
The Traditions Hawken Woodsman is a serious hunting rifle. The Woodsman has the classic styling and handling of the time-honored Hawken while offering great performance and affordability. Both the percussion and flint models boast a hooked breech for easy barrel removal, click-adjustable rear hunting sight, double-set triggers in an oversized glove-fitting trigger guard with finger rest and an in-letted solid brass patch box. This model is .50 caliber and has a 28" octagonal blued barrel, 15/16th's across the flats,with a twist of 1:48. It is 44.5" in length and weighs 7 7/8 lbs. This particular model has a select (Beechwood) hardwood stock.

Maximum Loads:
110gr 2fg black powder or sub Max load Or 105gr 3fg Black powder or sub, Max load


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