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Old March 2, 2002, 03:28 PM   #1
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Black Powder Shoot

If you live in NE Mass or southern NH or ME I heard that there may be a black powder shoot at the Georgetown Fish and Game Assoc in April. I will post details when I receive them.
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Old March 3, 2002, 09:06 AM   #2
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Shoot open to the public.

See club page for details.

http://www.geocities.com/georgetownf...wdershoot.html
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Old April 8, 2002, 12:28 PM   #3
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Went to the shoot yesterday. It was informal. Had a chance to fire the weapons. Previously only fired one about 20 years ago. I think I may have caught the bug. My sons enjoyed it as well. Thinking about the extra time in the woods for deer hunting. Liked the 50cal carbine by traditions, the deerhunter I think it was called, it used a percussion cap. Any thoughts on this rifle or others for a new black powder shooter. We were using pyrodex powder and balls that were cast by one of the shooters. Very accurate at short yds with 50 grains of powder.
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Old April 9, 2002, 07:57 PM   #4
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Paul,

You ought to check out the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association

They put out a magazine called MUZZLE BLASTS that is very informative on American frontier history, muzzle-loading, and Second Amendment issues. They also list information on the various Buckskinner Rendevous. I hope you will join.

On muzzle-loading, I recommend starting off with a percussion gun and then move up to a flintlock when you have become proficient. The flintlock rifles are harder to master, but mastery will come with practice.

I started out with a Traditions Pioneer rifle (percussion) and it shot very well, better than the CVA Hawkins I got later. The Lyman Great Plains rifle (.50 cal flintlock) shoots better than I can.

I recommend that you get a roundball mold to cast your own ball so as to save money. When you get around to buying a flintlock, learn how to knap flint.
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