Thursday, April 20, 2017

Lock failure - Lube in the wrong area!

Well, the last time I cleaned the Mountain Rifle after my friend shot it, some lube moved into the wrong place after shooting it one time today!

My nephew and his friend came over so I figured, lets take walk and take a couple shots under real hunting conditions. Kneeling and coming up on the target at 50 yards.

First shot went great. I was up next with my Mountain Rifle Flintlock ( hes using the percussion model) and my shot went beautifully.

I said, ah heck, go a head and use my shot as well.

He reloaded, grunted the load down the bore, faced down range with the muzzle pointed up and went to half cock and capped.

He got ready for the shot and as he came to full cock, he let go and BOOM! All 3 of us stared wide eyed at each other like WTF just happened!

I inspected the rifle, the lock would not stay on full cock no matter what I tried.

I got home, removed the lock, tried it again and still wouldn't hold!

I noticed the fly wasn't moving because some RIG grease had worked into the fly area and gummed up in the cold 40* weather.

I washed with hot water and still it was gummed up inside. I ended up using gun scrubber with the little tube to blast the lock down really good and then she started working freely.

That's the first time in 18 years now that I've ever experienced this kind of thing happening!

From now on I'll be using my anti-rust lube and applying it very very thinly as it actually will stay in place without gumming up thick like that.

Very scary situation! Especially with a  new BP shooter holding it in his hands.

Keep lube far away from the fly!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Traditions Kentucky Pistol Kit Build

Well, You all know I've been wanting a black powder pistol. It was either the Kentucky or the Trapper pistol kit. I decided on the Kentucky as its a little more slender, easier on your hip when I tuck it under my belt.

 I got it in on but was out of state at the time, so yesterday I finally opened the box and tore into it, looking everything over. Very simply straight forward kit! Great looking wood grain, which sadly, most likely will be covered due to the darker stain I will be using so it matches my St.Louis Hawken kit rifle I built a little while back.

Now just some factory provided info:

The Traditions Kentucky™ pistol features a bird's head grip, engraved lock plate, fixed sight, case colored sidelock and brass ramrod thimbles. This pistol will please both collector and novice alike. Whether you are a diehard shooter or just a weekend enthusiast, the Traditions™ Kentucky pistol will meet all your needs.


Friday, January 6, 2017

Traditions Prairie Hawken Rifle

New For 2017 from Traditions!

Available in Flintlock

 And Percussion!

Traditional Clothing

 1 Degree & Snowing weather during this picture!
While it does take time to get used to and feel comfortable, a simple wool blanket coat is a fine addition to your hunting clothing stash! Some blanket coats can go down to your knees, others, just below waist line. I own both styles, but for COLD weather hunting, I like to use my knee length coat as it helps keep my upper legs warm and any snow/brush, the wool blanket coat sheds away from my pants.

Recently, I bought my first real fur mountain man hat which is made of Badgers and is adjustable from size 6 to size 8. Loosen it up all the way and you are able to pull it down over your ears for extreme Cold Weather Hunting. This has turned out to be a great hat, especially with its wool liner to help wick moisture away and add a little insulation for extreme cold.

Notice the 3" wide leather belt that secures the hunting coat. I like the leather belt VS a sash, as its easier to get off and doesn't get wet like a cotton sash will. My ball bag is also attached to the belt as my neck can not stand up to anything being around it due to a bulged disc.  Its also a more practical way to carry your ball bag as when you bend over, it will stay out of your way.

So make sure you look into a wool coat for your next cold weather mountain adventure! They can get expensive, but the 85% wool blend is lower in cost and still keeps you warm, but no where near the quality or thickness of virgin wool. As always, buy what you can afford at the time, or keep saving funds.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Traditions St.Louis Hawken Kit guns first 100 yard range trip!

Well, with a hog hunt with friends and family so near, I got that new St.Louis Hawken kit gun I just put together on the range yesterday!

After a great deal of shooting, close to 20 rounds! I learned that the rifle, no matter what powder I use, wants a clean bore in order to shoot DEAD ON at 100 yards.

I had two cases where the first shot was dead on the money, and then next two shots would drift higher and to the right when the bore was fouled. I'm Ok with this! It just means you have to learn your equipment and what IT wants.

Overall accuracy with both 2fg Jim Shockeys Gold Super Powder & Olde Eynsford Black Powder was excellent! They both shot pretty much the same group, except the Olde Eynsford is a lot more powerful and shoots a little bit tighter on shots #2 & 3.

For my hog hunt, I chose to use 80gr 2FG Olde Eynsford, .020" patches lubed LIGHTLY with Frontier's Anti-Rust & Patch lube & Home cast .490" round balls. I am using standard CCI #11 percussion caps.

I still have plenty of time and tinker around with loads, but its good to know that if I had to go hunting right now, I could!

Check out the first 3 shots at 100 yards using the Jim Shockeys Gold Super Powder! You will see what I mean about the rifle wanting a clean bore, otherwise the group shifts up and over on a fouled bore.