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That is just GREAT. Itís cool to see both pictures. I wouldnít have recognized him from his younger photo.
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Antique Accoutrements / Re: 6th Virginia Belt Axe Attributed
« Last post by Thimble Farm on Today at 02:02:24 PM »
Thanks Jim

The head is approximately 5.75 inches from poll to bit.

overall length is 15 inches
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Black Powder Shooting / Re: Load for .58 cal Rice barrel
« Last post by HighUintas on Today at 09:43:31 AM »
Iím getting ready to work up a heavy hunting load for a rifle Iím building around a Rice .58 caliber round bottom rifle barrel. Looking for a load of plus or minus 110 gns of Swiss 1 1/2 as accuracy dictates. I understand that the round bottom rifling needs thicker patches so therefore a smaller diameter ball. I have a .570Ē diameter mould, but that might be to large. Planning on using pure lead so any help would be appreciated regarding ball dia. and patch material/thickness.  Along those lines what has your experience been as far as trajectory goes such as : zero at 25 yards and 100 yards with Xamount of powder.
Thanks Richard

How has your hunting load workup gone? What did you go with?

I need to get one done on my 58, but I can't shoot it well enough to determine best load ;) and I'm busy with hunting, so don't have time to practice at the moment.
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Items for Sale/Wanted / Re: Dragoon pistol parts price dropped
« Last post by Justin Urbantas on Today at 07:15:52 AM »
price dropped to $450
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Antique Accoutrements / Re: 6th Virginia Belt Axe Attributed
« Last post by jdm on Today at 04:58:03 AM »
 Very cool! This is a  nice early pole axe . Would you mind giving dimensions so we can get a better feel of the size.  Thanks for showing it here.  Jim
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Gun Building / Re: "Workmanship"
« Last post by Dave B on Today at 04:51:59 AM »
It has been a long road from when I first got the bug to build muzzleloaders in 1977.  They actually taught a class at the local highschool in rifle building. It was an evening class taught by The History teacher Gary Rodel. He was a shaker and a mover in the Spokane gun collectors seen.  I was new and not knowing any thing about it but for the McCroy book on building a Muzzleloader. It shot real well but looking back its ugly as sin. After almost taking first place at some shooting matches I was approched about building rifles for higher. I built 3 and charge enough to build one for my self. Got my parts from Track of the Wolf. They were a step up being from precarves and were Hawken rifles. No one complained  about them but looking back they were too fat. Joe Williams of he Gun Works talked me into building some rifles and pistols for him. Again precarves so no worries about architecture. The thing that changed my life in rifle building was going to the Oregon Gunmakers fair. Holy Cow. What an eye opener. What a differnce having someone look at my work and be tactfully honest about my work as well as show me how to do better.  I find I see some builders work over the years and they have not changed how they do things. I had the rare opportunity to see at a Portland Oregon gun show  two pistols and one rifle by Hacker Martin. They look amaizing at 20 feet. rough as a cob holding them. but its hand made and still functioning. He made them in his workman like mannor. No doubt he didnt waste his time polishing out all the scratches but got er done and down the road. I like to think every one I build is going to be a little better done than my last one.  I guess thats the point of our coming togerther to talk about this stuff.  I love it.
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Black Powder Shooting / Re: Fun Match Target Ideas
« Last post by Daniel Coats on Today at 04:31:29 AM »
Egg shoot with half of them cooked the other half raw. You eat what you don't hit.
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Contemporary Longrifle Collecting / Re: Who's lock
« Last post by 5judge on Today at 04:19:04 AM »
Not my favorite form, but a major advantage of back action percussion locks is that they're sealed in the wooden stock, immune from cap and powder flash and detritus.
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Black Powder Shooting / Re: September Postal Match
« Last post by okawbow on Today at 03:25:47 AM »
Looks like a 45, good shooting👌
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Gun Building / Re: How to figure sight height
« Last post by Daryl on Today at 02:43:40 AM »
1/4" is a lot  but much depends on bl. length. The longer the barrel, more must be added or taken off to make much difference.
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