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.

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.


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


Sabots in the Traditions Hawken Woodsman

Got back home today and with a nice cold rain storm blowing over I wanted to take the Traditions Hawken Woodsman out to 100 yards since she was shooting so good at 50 yards.

Now I was REALLY surprised on my first shot! I had this rifle 3.5 inches high at 50 yards with 110gr Pyrodex RS and a 160gr control fracture Thor sabot.

I got out today and on a cold clean bore, she hit exactly 10 inches high! I guess I should have put it dead on at 50 with these little sabots.

I'm not sure on velocity yet, but it is a FLAT shooting load! I recovered a handful of the bullets as well. I like what I am seeing so far, accuracy wise that is.


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Flintlocks & Poor Weather
This is and always will be a touchy subject to the die hard flint lock hunter. Any time you talk flintlocks with a croud, you will hear the typical, Flintlocks in snow! No way, its hard enough to get them to fire when its dry out, you are just asking for tag soup.
Tag soup, is of course, where you draw your big game tag, go hunting and come home with nothing but sore legs, a stiff back and not one piece of meat to show for all the effort you put into your hunt. Tag soup keeps you warm on a cold winter day while you sit out a snow storm and reflect back to that hunt and how you got skunked.
Some like to make a  big issue over flintlock's in poor weather. Die hard fans go to the most extreme to make sure everything is just right, but in the end, it boils down to plain common sense and a little ingenuity. 
What causes a Flintlock to be so unreliable in poor weather conditions?

Saturday, April 30, 2016

NEW! Traditions Mountain Rifle .50cal

NEW! Traditions Mountain Rifle 
The Traditions Mountain Rifle maintains the classic styling and handling of time-honored sidelock rifles, while offering great performance and affordability. The Mountain Rifle Kit .50 caliber muzzleloader sports a longer 32" octagonal barrel, giving it an overall length of 48" and weight of 8.15 lbs.

 The Mountain Rifle maintains the classic styling and handling of time-honored Sidelock rifles, while offering great performance and affordability. The rifle boasts a hooked breech for easy barrel removal, and click-adjustable rear hunting sight.

 The .50 Caliber Mountain Rifle features a double-set trigger in an oversized glove-fitting, trigger-guard with finger rest. The rifle also comes complete with classic brass embellishments and inlaid solid brass patch box.

The stock is made of Select Hardwood ( Beechwood)
Available in both Factory and Kit form! 

.50cal - 1:48 Twist - 32" Brown Cerakote Finish

Friday, April 22, 2016

Santa Fe Trail Rendezvous 2016

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June 14th-21st will be Rendezvous time!

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