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Old March 9, 2013, 11:57 AM   #1
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Traditional Muzzle Loading Group

I am looking to find a traditional muzzle loading/rendevous group in the central Illinois area within reasonable distance of Springfield, Illinois. I am fascinated with this early era of American Gun history and would like to learn as much as possible from members of a traditional muzzle loading group.

Presently I have a Thompsen Center Hawken .50 that I put together myself from a kit years ago. Several weeks ago a friend of mine in Oklahoma invited me to a tradional muzzle loading shoot where I fired my Hawken for the first time. I am definitely hooked.

So, If anyone knows of such a group near Springfield, Illinois I would appreciate learning of them and who to contact to continue my journey back into America's firearms history.

Thank You,
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Old March 9, 2013, 12:39 PM   #2
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My best advice would be to do what I did when I lived in Illinois. Move to Oklahoma!!!
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Old March 9, 2013, 01:49 PM   #3
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That was helpful.

I recommend you get in touch with the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association (NMLRA). Google NMLRA for their web site and look up local clubs and representatives in your area.
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Old March 9, 2013, 06:08 PM   #4
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Maybe this will help:
http://www.nmlra.org/clubs.asp?WhichState=IL
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Old March 9, 2013, 06:53 PM   #5
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Same suggestion as RIGMAROL . . . get in touch with the NMLRA . . they should be able to tell you what's in your area . . . if you dont't belong to the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association . . . you should. Muzzle Blasts - their publication . . is worth it. And then there is always "Friendship" . . . that's an experience everyone should have - both the Spring Nationals and Fall Nationals . . . lots of great folks to meet and lasting friendships to make . . .
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Old March 9, 2013, 08:25 PM   #6
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Old March 9, 2013, 09:02 PM   #7
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Pick up a copy of Muzzleblasts, the NMLRA magazine. In the middle of each issue is a list of all the sponsored clubs and shoot dates. See link in previous post to the NMLRA I did not check the sight but they may have the clubs listed. I'm sure if you called them up they would send you a free copy of there magazine.
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Old March 9, 2013, 09:35 PM   #8
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google: Black powder rendezvous illinois.
A bunch come up.
Contact one sure they can lead you in the right direction.
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Old March 10, 2013, 12:23 PM   #9
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All or most of the Illinois clubs for muzzle loaders are in this list:

http://www.muzzleloadermag.com/Clubs/ILclub.htm
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Old March 10, 2013, 05:28 PM   #10
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Prairieland Frontiersmen located just south of Sullivan.They have a Rendevous coming up.Send me a pm and I will give you my ph. no. and give you more info.
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Old March 10, 2013, 06:29 PM   #11
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Muzzle Loading/Rendevous Clubs Traditional

Thanks to Everyone who responded to my request for locating a Traditional Muzzle Loading Club. I have followed all guidance and have joined the NMLRA last night when I came home from work. I will call names listed on clubs close by.

Thanks Again To All. Let's keep the Flame of Liberty burning brightly for generations yet unborn! Molon Labe!!

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Old March 10, 2013, 06:40 PM   #12
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There's a fort (perhaps Fort Wayne) on the southern Illinois border across the river from Paduca, Kentucky. I know they hold a rendezvous there. You can also cross the border to Vincennes, Indiana to attend their rendezvous.
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Old March 10, 2013, 10:09 PM   #13
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Fort Wayne is in Detroit (my induction physical was held there).

Perhaps Fort Massac?
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