Friday, January 23, 2015

Become a Premium Member!

Okay guys, as we all know, Most forums have some kind of support to help with running costs, design costs, advertisement costs, etc.

99% of these forums close off popular areas of the forum and want to charge you to use them. The most common of course is the Classifieds and the Off Topic area of the forum.

Other forums run advertisement for other companies which is great, how ever, it's expensive for those companies and difficult for forums to "cash" in on.

Charging members to use the classifieds and the off topic section of the forum would be a huge mistake IMO. I like to feel that I have built a place where we all can get together and feel like family without the feeling of having someone behind you, ready to stab you in the back. We have a lot of great members on here and we keep gaining more and more. I want everyone to have full use of the forum without feeling like they are closed off from such and such because they can not pay the fee for the classifieds,etc.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Hang fires Part 2

I just wanted to add some other issues that can make a Percussion muzzle loader fail to fire or hang fire.

Most of us that shoot muzzle loaders with black powder or even sub black powders, often swab "Clean the bore" between each and every shot.

What some may not realize though, is when we swab, we actually PUSH fouling onto the face of the breech plug and that fouling/wetness, sits there and as we pour the powder down on the next shot, that wetness soaks the powder and can cause it to lump and gum up in the bolster, not allowing for the powder to move under the nipple for a sure fire shot.

How can we avoid this? Using less solution/solvent on the patch would help greatly. Short 4 to 6 inch strokes while swabbing the bore clean will also allow the fouling to soak into the patch rather than ramp up and push right up against the breech plug.

Those that oil: What are you using at the end of your cleaning process to protect the bore from rust? Oils that stay liquid are obviously runny and when you put the rifle away, perhaps you store it muzzle up where that oil runs down into the bolster and fouls it up the next time you go to load up and shoot.

Always store your muzzle loader with the bore facing DOWN, so any oils, solvents left over can run down and out of the bore. I hang my rifles on the wall but have them all at a slight downward slant so any runny oil in the bore, does not get into the bolster and contaminate the next powder charge that goes down the bore.

When loading your muzzle loader and assuming that you ran a dry patch or two down the bore to remove the oil, you will next pour your powder charge down the bore. Afterward, settle the powder charge by giving is a few firm wacks on the opposite side of the lock with your hand. Once you've done that, turn the rifle so the Lock side is pointing at your feet. Again, a few stiff wacks to help shift that powder into the bolster and under the nipple. This helps move the bulky powder into the bolster.

I hope to make a new video of this later down the road when both time and weather permit me to do so.

Hopefully this will help settle any remaining questions on WHAT the heck is going on when my Percussion lock fails or fire or misfires!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Ramrods - What kind of wear do they cause at the muzzle?



Rust Prevention Test

3-12-2011
I got these test barrels in a couple weeks ago and spent a few hours cleaning them out to make sure they were in good shape and that there was no rust inside or outside on them.

Two of the barrels were treated with Montana x treme Gun Oil Inside and Outside.

One other barrel was treated with Birchwood Casey Barricade.

After cleaning and degreasing them, they were lightly oiled inside and out. I did leave a good amount of oil on the externals when i used the Montana x treme gun oil.  Barricade i sprayed on and it dried over time and left a smooth finish on the barrel.

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Just a very simple and straight picture post on how I load my powder tubes consistently! I can keep these within 3 grains of each other and that in my opinion is extremely good.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Why do Percussion lock muzzleloaders FAIL TO FIRE?

On muzzleloading forum the other day, I was helping a fellow out with his Lyman muzzleloader and this topic came up.

Why do percussion locks hang fire / fail to fire?

Most times, its the bulky substitute black powder like Pyrodex, Triple 7, American Pioneer, powder granule size that does not flow through the patent breech plug/bolster set up. The larger granules get caught up in the restrictive powder channel and it only gets worse if your breech plug has a "wall" from when they cross drilled, leaving metal burrs and such sticking out.

Using Ray's CVA Hawken barrel as an example, you can see how cleanly it was breeched and how they have created a small funnel for the powder to catch in and funnel under the nipple.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

#4 Hawken build progress

Just some update pictures of the build! This should be one hell of a shooter by the time I am finished with it! Just keep reminding myself to keep it slow and the end product will be awesome.

The bedding job has gone smoothly, fit of nose piece,lock, trigger guard and butt plate have also gone smooth. They took forever, but fit will be great on them.

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

First time Muzzleloading Shotgunner!

A while back I picked up a CVA Hawken .50cal/12g ML combo kit off gunbroker. After a replacement stock " Original was bubba'd to the point it was firewood" I got the tang,-trigger plate and barrel Bedded with JB Weld for a solid fit.
I always bed these area's as wood is weak and metal easily pulls up into while under recoil. The JB Weld makes for an awesome bedding material is handles the recoil great.

With the barrels fitted to the stock, I just could not help myself! It was time to shoot that 12 gauge shotgun barrel!

On the target shown, is 70 grains Goex 2f black powder, lightly lubed over powder wad, a thick shot wad that was lightly lubed, 1oz 7 1/2 lead shot and an over shot wad.

One thing that's easy to point you.  If you get a shot in the field, carry a stout stick just in case your game is only wounded, because its going to take some time to reload!

The work on the stock will begin once my flu lets up and then I'll get to work and make it look pretty.

Stock will be stained DARK walnut brown and the barrel will be finished with Lauren Mountain Brown. Stock finish will be Truoil as always.