Friday, March 20, 2015

Cleaning your Black Powder Revolver the easy way!

 I while back I had been using these and never took pictures. So here we go! Birchwood Casey Swauber Applicators. They are nice and snug inside my Traditions 1860 Army .44cal and I can FULLY clean the cylinder, inside and out with the swauber. Remove the nipples and you can get all inside of the cut out ( Use Q tip for the nipple threads inside the cylinder) and the cylinder is completely cleaned. When it comes time to dry and oil, Use a fresh swauber to get it done fast and easy.

For getting inside the barrel where rammer is, along with the wedge key, the swauber easily gets inside there snugly and gets it fully clean. I wish had I found these years ago when I had my first .44cal BP Revolver.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Still lots of experimenting! But so far guys, Its doing exactly what I was hoping for. Easy reloading on a fouled bore. I did a total of 12 shots trying to learn the lubes do's and dont's.

One thing I am doing is applying it much thicker than I would mink oil. This lube does not soak into the patch until you SQUEEZE IT and by the time you squeeze it, it turns into an oil rather than the paste form as it starts out as. This has really been a great value as its wiping down the bore in and on the way out. Pictures will show that its still in the bore even after firing the 12 shots today.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A new shooter introduced to the muzzle loading world!

My nephew and his girl friend, along with another of their friends came over for the weekend while we all worked on my nephews bronco that he bought. Today I took his friend out to my 50 yard range with my 58cal Hawken and 90gr 2f Olde Eynesford.

I got to test a lube that I've been experimenting with recently and was very happy with the results in accuracy as well as reloading. So far, its working a hell of a lot better than I originally thought, especially on a fouled bore. Lots more work in that department, but I'll have to cast some more .570 balls for the next outing.

He only had the fence line to shoot off of and on his first shot, completely missed until I asked him if he knew how to use those sights. Of course he did not, so I drew a rough sketch in the dirt and he got the idea, put two .570" balls into a hole! Next 2 shots higher and towards the center of the bulls eye was with the smaller .562" balls as that's all I had in stock. That group is pretty common since the .020" is still a wee bit to thin for that size of ball.

He did good though! He took to it, didn't mind the recoil and had fun.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Coyotes and Bulls galore!!

These bulls make me wish hunting season was tomorrow! What a great group of bulls in Norther New Mexico! I can only hope that I can gather up enough funds to put in for the draw! One thing for CERTAIN... I AM putting in for a Buck tag in New Mexco and taking the trusty .58cal CVA Hawken into the mountains with me!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

CVA Hawken Build #6

I got the newest addition in a couple days ago!

It is another CVA Hawken .50cal with 1:48 twist and came with a... "Chokes".... Scope mount!

I took it off and put it to the side for now as I have no use for it. I did install a set of factory sights and as crude as they are, I was able to take it to my 50 yard range and shoot a damn good 5 shot group off the fence line!

I will be rebuilding the rifle as re-barreling it with a brand new .50cal 1:66 twist barrel that has been Browned and new sights added. This will make someone very happy once they get to shooting it! The CVA Hawken is most common to find with the 1:48 twist and so when the 1:66 twist comes up, GET IT while you can! I sold the last one before it was even Half way through the building process!

So far she's a great little shooter and is going to make a fine rifle once I get through with it!

80 grains Goex 2f, .020" patch lubed with Muzzle Magic Cleaner, .490" Round Ball @ 50 yards off the fence line.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Battle of the "wet" Patch Lubes

I ordered a couple more wet patch lubes. One is the Birchwood Casey No.77 Muzzle Magic Cleaner in a 16oz bottle. The other is from Track of the wolf and is called Black Powder Bore cleaning solvent and comes in an 8oz bottle.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Inside a nipple firing a #11 percussion cap!

Hot Shot Nipple and Remington #11 Percussion caps! I will compare a standard nipple next time!