I even enjoy how much more difficult it is to actually make one of these old "smoke poles" work.
I only hunt with a BP longun and pistol. Never had a misfire when it counted. Had my fair share punching paper. One of the reasons we practice is and know we've eliminated every potential problem possible... not that it won't happen even when we do everything right.
Can you imagine... back in the day... your very life depending on your C&B revolver firing in any weather and in the confusion and haste of reloading in battle? I believe we can.
Black Powder: Not because it is easy, but because it is hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win...