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Black Powder Shooting / Re: Hunting in Snow….Wet Prime
« Last post by Austin on Today at 05:25:39 PM »
Pick er deep and shoot. If that fails go to plan B
Antique Gun Collecting / Re: Crescent buttplate traditions
« Last post by WadePatton on Today at 05:21:14 PM »
From 1795 ...

Nobody was, and still is, more interested in shooting accuracy than the U.S. Military. If curved buttplates contributed to accuracy, they would have stuck with them.

The modern military has different weapons for snipers than infantry, but I don't know how far that goes back. That very fact, though, leads me to think that accuracy is not the primary goal of the bulk of their rifles for quite some time now. It is the primary factor for sniping no doubt. Of course the butt shape isn't different.

As to the users in period, it's my notion that they were most concerned about caliber and type of arm,  smooth v. rifled, than any myriad of styling choices because the various regions didn't intermix so much as we do now. I don't think a man wanting a second gun in South Carolina was going to have the option of getting a NY or Ohio variation at his local source. But I haven't put any study into into such. Perhaps the rich guys traveled all around and made big collections, but not the common fellow who certainly did not have a small armory of long guns as most shooters do today. 

The craziest looking weapons I've seen have always been for accuracy or speed in some artificially constructed course of fire, like a chunk gun-specific to that purpose and a compromise when pushed into any other use.

Flat butts are just not as aesthetically pleasing to my eye and I wonder if that was not a great part of the longevity of curvy butts.
Items for Sale/Wanted / Re: WTB Lyman Pouch
« Last post by T.C.Albert on Today at 05:12:12 PM »
PM sent
Gun Building / Re: Video - Curly Maple
« Last post by Chocktaw Brave on Today at 05:11:10 PM »
Thank you Jim  for that very informative lesson. Being from the south originally, I knew very little about maple trees. Until now!

My Dad was a woodworker/collector and he forgot more than I will ever learn about wood.
Contemporary Accoutrements / Re: Horn Recommendation Help
« Last post by Ats5331 on Today at 05:06:48 PM »
Rick Lorenzen makes a fantastic horn. Art DeCamp is another prime choice of horn maker.

Gun Building / Re: Making my own lockplate......"progress" so far....
« Last post by 45-110 on Today at 05:05:47 PM »
If you end up with a full size knee mill, you will never, ever regret it. They are real machines with features not found on the small bench machines. I have moved my Bridgeport from the one US border to the other, a royal PIA but I can not go a day with out using it, its a 1974 build.
Black Powder Shooting / Hunting in Snow….Wet Prime
« Last post by Ats5331 on Today at 05:04:35 PM »
Hi all,

Went hunting in the snow today…you guessed it, even with a cover, my prime got wet.

It looks pretty soaked to me. I’m thinking that my main charge got wet as well.

How should I safely remove the main charge and ball? Or should I try to shoot it out first?

Black Powder Shooting / Re: Deer tallow lube
« Last post by pilot on Today at 04:57:17 PM »
The charcoal lighter fluid available in stores here is kerosene.
Black Powder Shooting / Re: January Postal Match
« Last post by bob in the woods on Today at 04:41:55 PM »
No shooting today. The cold snap continues but now we have a raging blizzard to enhance our enjoyment  ;)   
Gun Building / Re: Making my own lockplate......"progress" so far....
« Last post by Rolf on Today at 04:20:46 PM »
Craig, this is the mill I have. It weighs 160kg and to be honest is a bit on the small size for the work I'm trying to do.
I would have gone for the next size up, but it weighs 260kg and I could not get it down the stairs to my basement workshop.
Grizzly sells the same mills as Sieg. Both are made in China at the same plant. Don't buy a smaller mill.

Best regards
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