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Sep 18th, 2016 at 4:20am
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First of all thank you to Alan for setting up the black powder section  Cool

Now we have our own black powder section we better use it.

Let's see a few of your black powder rifles

Here's mine, a Lyman stainless 50cal deerstalker



  

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very nice looking smoke pole you have there Madness.
  
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This is my one (thanks Saltro). My mate Russ pulled the trigger that day though and shot his biggest stag to date...

Thompson Centre. Hawkins Mountain Rifle, 50 cal.
  
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Inspiring.


There is a Lyman great plains rifle here I have been looking at.
54 cal percussion - but I sort of had my heart set on a flintlock. Just because.
  
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I'm gonna like this section

I'll post up some photos of my Deerstalker but here's a photo of some molding of .50 cal round balls and 385 gr Great Plains projectiles

  

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nice, beautiful guns.  Smiley
  

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Reply #6 - Sep 20th, 2016 at 6:44pm
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Great stuff guys. I'll have to learn how to upload photos. This is going to be a very interesting section.
  
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I'll be watching this page with interest. Would love to have a crack at a deer with a muzzle loader one day.
  
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Finally dug out some photos

The same rifle (Lyman Deerstalker) as Madness although its wood/blued and left handed.

  

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My interarms .45 piece of pipe.  Not quite as classy as a few others here- the deer stalkers are a nice looking piece. 
  
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Looks pretty good to me Dog Runner. Is it a stainless barrel?
  

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I wish madness, just the light.  Really would be better especially down here-Im realising Fiordland and black powder arent best mates, one day everything will align
  
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I also have a Stainless Lyman .50 Deerstalker
I tried various round balls through it with 'ho hum' accuracy and then settled with Great Plains bullets that worked really well last year on some Fallow Bucks.
Infact I believe I read somewhere that the DeerStalker was never designed for round ball.
The great plains really flattened them and the bullets were found mushroomed under the skin on the other side.

The only mods i'm going to make to it for next year is fit a Lyman aperture sight.

I initially had issues with mis fires until I found out Remington caps were much better than CCI versions. I also clean and fire a cap every time prior to loading. I also invested in a C02 discharger which has saved the day in the field a few times. Love Black Powder it compliments my bow hunting and rifle shooting




  

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I wipe out with maths or isopropyl alcohol before use , then dry the bore , when you cap off point the muzzle at a blade of grass , if it moves it is clear , if not try again .
The nipples that come with the factory rifles are usually inferior cheapies and it would pay to get some better quality ones from  Track of the Wolf , the budget ones burn out rapidly, enlarging the hole each shot , thus changing the flash size and the back pressure , thus grouping difficulties . If the hammer recocks on being fired  you definitely have nipple problems  .
Patch thickness and patch lube have a large bearing on round ball accuracy  , as does twist , slow twist for ball , fast twist for slug .
  

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OK< so two or three of them are more for target shooting than hunting,but hey they are black powder. Smiley

  
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.50 early Lancaster (1770)  rifle 42" swamped barrel 1/56 twist with hand cut round bottom rifling ,walnut stock, iron fittings .



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.54 J Henry English type rifle with the barrel cut down to 34"  for use off a horse ( by and  for Trappers and Indians , not me), hand cut round bottom rifling 1/56" twist, correct aperture sight fitted . This is my deer rifle



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.40 cal rifle with 44"  hand cut round bottom rifling swamped 1/48 twist barrel , single trigger Chambers lock . Maple stock , brass fittings . Bunnies - small deer with this ..40 was the 223 of the day.




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.54 Uberti Hawken 1/66 twist 32" barrel . My only Caplock and oldest owned rifle .

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.69" ball or 20 ga shot Chiefs Grade trade gun  smooth bore 42" octagon to round barrel, shoots ball or shot .
This is the type of gun traded to the US natives for furs etc .1680 onwards



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.50 31" smooth bore Matchlock circa 1480 , the match is swung into the pan by squeezing the trigger , there is no sprung lock as such , that comes later. This gun is surprisingly accurate , the aperture tube helps a lot, once the match hits the pan ignition is instantaneous .



Lock detail , the cover on the pan , small lever, is the only safety , that and throwing away the slow match




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These are my shooting essentials
Powder horn and possibles bag or shooting pouch and contents
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Hemp tow for cleaning , capping tool , screw worm for putting tow on , antler handle awl , above: flash hole pick and screw driver combined , Iron adjustable powder measure , small priming horn with ffff powder ( original) , above flints , Black English and amber French , bark dyed cotton ball pouch and balls, Short starter and patch knife on possibles bag



I forgot the pillow ticking patches and bullet mould
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Been on here a lot recently, but this page has grown since I first looked at it.
Those Deerstalker's look a good practical shooter - can see why they're so popular.
And 'Flintlock' - I think I can see why you gave yourself that user name - that's an impressive array you have there - very nice.
I dragged my gun out today and took some photos, then I looked at uploading a couple and got totally lost. Think I'll need some help here - so, one day - perhaps.
  
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same SF90 Wink
  

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I dragged my gun out today and took some photos, then I looked at uploading a couple and got totally lost. Think I'll need some help here - so, one day - perhaps.

If you look at the Board Index , Black bar at the top of the page there is an uploading Images section , which may help
  

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Yep, looked at that yesterday - and that's where I got lost.
Today I've got a different problem - those images I downloaded yesterday have gone somewhere - and I don't know where.
My fifteen year old thinks I'm dumb - but he couldn't find them either.
Anyway - have had enough for now so I think I'll bugger off to the garage and do some procrastinating.
  
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Yep, looked at that yesterday - and that's where I got lost.
Today I've got a different problem - those images I downloaded yesterday have gone somewhere - and I don't know where.
My fifteen year old thinks I'm dumb - but he couldn't find them either.
Anyway - have had enough for now so I think I'll bugger off to the garage and do some procrastinating.


I'm technically challenged, but what i have found that works for me is to open the forum page then go to the image hut and upload my pics from my PC, once they have loaded I open the forum on another tab / page ( using google chrome ) I then make the post / reply etc I want, then put in the icon for images ( selected from the bar above the typing portion )
Then i go back to the first tab I opened that has the image hut still up. Highlight the BB line and paste it between the 2 (IMG) (IMG)  symbols. Might be long winded but it works ok for me,
  
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I appreciate you guys trying to help. Thing here is I'm okay with a hammer and file, but I'm one of those people shouldn't be allowed to own a computer.
Anyway - by this morning I'd got over the hump and decided to have another go.
Got two reasonable (a bit dark) photos downloaded on the computer - and I know where they are.
So - I opened an account with Photobucket and fired those images off via email. Last I looked, they'd either missed or were taking a while to get there.
Next option was to email those photos to a mate who's got a better grip on these things than me - and see if he can do it - 'cept the bugger's gone off visiting and won't be back for a while.
All that had me wondering whether it was worth it, then I thought - stuff it, those photos are going on here one way or another.
And all that's on top of forgetting my wife's 50th birthday the day before yesterday which gave her an excuse to empty her head of some critical words - things already not being good  because I'd laughed when she'd stood on one of her dreads and ripped it off her head.
  
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Ha, ha, ha - my son did it for me ....................

Built from a kit - Lancaster style, 38" barrel; .54 cal; 8lb.
I shoot a paper patched, hollow pointed minie out of this because they load so easy and shoot as well as the RB.




  
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Nice rifle , judging by the quality of the finish I'd say you are more than a hammer and file man . What make is the lock and the barrel .? is it a TOTW kit?
  

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Well, maybe a hacksaw, file and chisel man - but thank you FL, that's a nice thing to say.

That's the second one of those I built - the first I gave a different treatment with metal patchbox and carving, but haven't seen that one for a long time and forgotten detail now.
Both have the large Chambers Siler lock (which is what I think you have on your .50 early Lancaster) and flat bottom grooved Rice barrels - think they were called the 'Gunmaker's series'.
Both kits were from Dunlap Woodcrafts in the states because they had the components I wanted - and both were bloody expensive.
I poured the nosecap on the one photo'd in pewter from an old tankard I had and made a fibre optic front sight because I couldn't see the German silver one in the dusk on a deer I had standing in the open ten yards in front of me.
I've still to 'sign and date' that one, and shoot a deer with it ......... maybe one day ?

Twist is 1:66" and it shoots the Lyman minie (paper patched) very well - just looked up my notes and have put 10 shots into 1 3/8" at 50 yards - wiping every third shot.

*Oops - edit that last bit to read ... 8 shots into 1 1/2".

I enjoyed putting that gun together - but incredibly time consuming.

My interest right now is in single shot BP guns and I've got one I built back sometime in the seventies but am a bit reluctant to post it on here - as no one else has.

Probably need a BP Breachloading page, and I expect that would fill up pretty quick - there's some nice stuff out there.

  
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Jim Chambers makes fine rifle parts and rifles , Rice barrels have a reputation for quality and  accuracy .
A member of this forum has a very nice left hand Chambers English Gentleman's Sporting  rifle that he brought as a kit and got it built up here , http://www.flintlocks.com/rifles05.htm
My .50 Lancaster has the large Siler lock , the .54 Henry has a L&R Manton lock , I use a round ball in all my muzzle loaders as I an very allergic to lead fumes I can't cast bullets so I buy Hornady swaged ones . I sort and batch them by weight , this works very well .
My .54 Henry's hunting load  shoots  75mm high at 50m and to point of aim at 100m using 120gr of FFFG Goex and a .535 round ball patched with pillow ticking and lubed with Mink Oil Tallow , It averages 1400 FPS over the chronograph with that load .
I used to be on a ML forum in the states , and was told by several members that Lancaster rifles didn't have walnut stocks , then one highly respected collector said he had 6 originals with walnut stocks and the discussion stopped . Wink
  

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I did look at those English Gentleman's rifles and was tempted, but had developed a relationship with the bloke at Dunlap's - so went there.
All in all, I don't believe you can go wrong with either kit - nor those from TOTW.
I went with maple because of the style of the rifle, though I did consider walnut - and even cherry, but got talked out of it.
The first gun I did, the bloke wanted all the bells and whistles, but I baulked at inlays - wouldn't do them.
It came out pretty nice, but like anything you always think you can do better - hence the second one.
And - I don't know if it is ?

That first one shoots 120gr FFg Goex with the .535" ball - and does it very well. Don't know if the owner has shot anything with it - have lost contact somewhat with him.
Last I heard was he'd taken it to Fiordland, after which he mailed me to ask how to make them go off in the wet.
Suggested a 'cows knee' in oilskin or greased leather, or even a full waterproof cover - don't know if he made one ?
Did make a horn for that one and scrimmed it for him, and a powder measure/pourer out of a hippo tooth I didn't scrim as it was so hard.

If I ever did another one it'd be a schimmel, probably in walnut and it would have a short barrel - pretty much your Henry.
Wouldn't need a patchbox - carry all my stuff (ready loads etc,) in my pockets anyway - or my pack.
I notice that 8lb - feels heavy.

Tell you one to look up - if you have the interest.
A bloke on the other forum, 'Shooting Hunting' documented a very interesting build - a Sharps in 45/70.
It's under - 'Guess what I'm doing today.'
He made the barrel for that as well - remarkably innovative man.

Got pointed to that - thanks MD.

Oh - I shoot 80grs FFg Goex under that minie, 430gr from off the top of my head. Recoil is comfortable, but it does have a higher mid-range than the ball if you're shooting out to 100 yds.
  
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For those who are interested the Schimmel or Barn Rifle was a very plain budget M/L rifle usually in a smaller caliber and lacking in expensive brass fittings etc , Kept in the barn for shooting pests and pigs for slaughter . Many are still in use today

https://claysmithguns.com/barn_gun.htm click on this , no longer inexpensive
  

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Allen Martin in the States does a nice schimmel too.

And just because I reckon this is one of the best things I've ever done, you are going to see it - whether you want to or not.

The below pic is scrimmed on a sperm whale tooth and is of Thomas Crean, an Irishman who was with Shackleton during his 1914-17 Antarctic Expedition.
I copied that off an Expedition photograph - really liked the image.

Had lost my license due to a cataract and had got totally bored and was scratching (pun) for something to do when I did that.
Wearing three pairs of $2 shop glasses, one over the other, I did it with a sharp scriber using dots and scratches, then rubbed in ink to see what I had - then wiped it off again, the ink staying in the scratches.
Took a week to do - and it gave me a hell of a headache.

Anyway - that's a scrimshaw and if you ever want to tart up a horn or bone handled knife, that's a good way to do it.

And, because I haven't tun out of words yet - Scrimshaw as an art form was originated by the Nantucket/New England whalers during the mid 1750's - a result of them looking for something to do during their leisure hours out on the 'big blue'.

They probably smoked pipes and gossiped like old women as well - but that doesn't seem to be documented.

So, tart up your horn or whatever with scratches and ink and you'll be a 'Scrimshander' - just like me.


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Great scrimshaw work ,I recognised the portrait immediately.  I have tried to scrimshander a horn but gave up in disgust .

I have a horn I got from a guy from the Bay of Islands , it had been in his family for as long as any one could remember .
It depicts the Charlotte , from Bristol Rhode Island USA , she was a ship of 193 tons ,.Owned by the D'Wolf family who were involved in many maritime businesses that include the slave trade, privateering,  whaling, plus other business on land .
Captained by John Sabens the Charlotte sailed to Havana and Africa  on 10th August 1804 and returned 17th March 1805, 
If you look at the details you will see snakes , a mermaid , proteas , masonic symbols .
I suspect it came to NZ on a USA whaling ship,with the sailor who carved it,  as Rhode Island was a whaling port  and a lot of ships came here from RI

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Snake heads and spout


Heart with arrows


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Reply #37 - Sep 14th, 2018 at 10:25pm
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That is an interesting horn - in some ways it's sad to see it leave the original family, but also good that it got to someone who appreciates and knows its history. So much stuff like that gets tossed at the tip - I see it all the time when the 'olds' pass on and the kids, or grand kids clean up after them. We had an open tip out here for many years and you wouldn't believe the stuff people throw away - no understanding nor appreciation.
The Council do it different now - us 'seagulls' were a constant irritation, so they ensured what got biffed - stayed biffed.
Incredibly sad.

I've never seen a vintage horn in the flesh - only photos.


That tooth I did also has a story ...........
Got gifted that by a friend along the road, Brigadier Ian Thorpe who was sent to Fiji at the time of the Sitiveni Rabuka coup in 1987.
Whale teeth have a tradition in Fiji and are regarded as Tabua and can only be passed on as a gift - and very few leave that country.
It likely found its way into Fiji in the possession of a Russian whaler in the 1960's and was exchanged for services/favours - fairly common practice back then.
When I was given it - I was told to do something with it and for many years it sat in my drawer as I had no idea as to what I was going to do - that tooth frightened me.

I had scrimmed a horn many years before, but memory tells me it was a fairly shabby effort - then I came across that photo in an old shipping book a lady had sent me from England - and couldn't get it out of my head.
So one day I took that book into town and got that photo copied and sized so I could transfer data from the photo to the tooth with dividers - then got stuck into it.
Started with the eyes and muffed them three times, having to sand it all back and start again until I got it right.

Was thoroughly startled with the result - I'm not normally that good.

Then it sat for a year before I showed Ian - was crapping my pants he wouldn't like it as I hadn't done a traditional nautical theme - as on your horn.
But he did.

That was sixteen, seventeen years ago I did that.

Have done some more scrimming since then on horn and bone, but nothing like that tooth - very proud of that.

And to continue with stuff that gets biffed - because this still upsets me.
Had another friend along the road die suddenly with a stroke - and did he have some interesting stuff, was always poring through it - and he liked to show it.
He had no kids and the estate got left to his nephews.
I was passing one day and watched the trailers being loaded up with his possessions as they cleared the house and garage - but I didn't know them and didn't linger to chat.

Then I got talking to another neighbour and he told me that the bulk of it had gone to the tip - and that floored me.
So I went back and had a chat to the nephews and suggested that anything they were dumping they leave outside - and I'd flog it.
Was quite hard to do that - had to swallow some considerable embarrassment - I was blatantly bludging.

Next evening I was back and found two trailers loaded - one obviously with rubbish, the other with good stuff.
Amongst the good stuff was an old tin, still full and marked 'Sperm Whale Oil' and a whole bunch of other stuff from that era that was too good to flog.
Going to the other trailer I fished out some stuff including an unopened packet of 'National Sperm' candles - which I took.
Back the next evening I caught the nephews still there ........
"You didn't take much ?"

And I told them what I got.
"Why didn't you take stuff from the other trailer, it's all being dumped, we've got nowhere to store it"

And I was so shocked I had nothing to say.

The next evening it had just about all gone - a few bits and pieces scattered here and there - and a sixty litre drum sitting there marked 'Martha' - and I knew exactly what was in there.
"What's in there," one of them said - "Just dirt by the look of it."

And after what seemed like quite a long time - I told them.

That drum contained the broken up sediment from the hopper at the Martha gold mine at Waihi.
They were cleaned out every so often and the sediment sold to a company in Australia who extracted the gold using mercury as it was so fine. That drum load sold for $200 - and that was in the days when gold was $35/ounce.
Then I helped them load it in their wagon.

Three people knew about that 'Martha' drum, Bob (the bloke who died), myself and another neighbour and it wasn't long after that I bumped into him.
"Wonder if they found Bob's 'Martha' drum.
"Oh yep."
"And, I suppose you told them ?"
"yep."
"f**king idiot."




  
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Re: Let's see your black powder rifles
Reply #38 - Feb 23rd, 2019 at 5:07pm
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While no 'frontstuffer' - she was built for blackpowder shooting.
Calibre is 45/70 and I got her registered with the Lower Hutt Police 17 April 1980.
I built her from scratch - all bar the barrel which I got from Tony Hawkins as a blank (1:20" twist) and the lock mainspring which I took from an old lock as I kept breaking my homemade ones.
She weighs 8 1/2 lb and started off as a Sharps copy (sort of) .... then I got imaginative.
Wood is a piece of walnut I got off Din Collins and I single point bored the chamber with a bar - took three goes before I was happy with concentricity.
Butt stock fastener is a through bolt under the butt cap.
The action block was drilled then filed square with a back cut radius in all four corners before shaping to stop any cracking when hardening.
The lock internals were copied from an original back action lock just in case my hardening was not up to scratch and I needed to swap parts over, but it's all hanging in there pretty well - and I've shot that gun a lot over the years.

She shoots well enough, I've taken seven or eight deer with her and I could quite comfortable smack the 12" gong at 100 yards offhand.
She shoots tighter off the bench, but I put a huge front sight bead I faced with my grandmother's gold wedding band as I needed something really visible up there and that limits fine shooting - and I got a bollocking for doing that.

The under lever is 'Alexander Henry' as I had one - and liked it and the little lever at the front of the action dumps the internals out when you depress the 'keeper' button, twist it open and pull it out.
That was how it was supposed to work - but I have to take off the fore end as I've got a spring in there that needs to be slid out.
That trigger guard was a chore, carved it out from a solid block of steel - and I have no idea why I made it so damned big.
The hammer was also a solid block which I milled, hack sawed and filed. And I never did file the checkering on the spur - got hardened it before I had finished with it.



The hammer smacks a transfer plate as I've got an 'inline' firing pin - and it works pretty well as I can't ever recall a misfire.
The pin is spring loaded and is retractable and when in the 'fully back' position any gas escape from a pierced primer is supposed to be dumped down through the action - have never had it happen and I've put some moderately pokey nitro loads through her - just out of interest.
The firing pin is flanged and loads into the block from the front and is held there with a 'keeper' plate.
The under lever both extracts and ejects the fired case depending on how sharp you drop it.



Action open with the worlds finest bush boots in the background.

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Re: Let's see your black powder rifles
Reply #39 - Feb 23rd, 2019 at 6:58pm
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she is a thing of beauty Mate.
  
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Re: Let's see your black powder rifles
Reply #40 - Feb 24th, 2019 at 9:59am
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Cheers MD.
I never finished that gun, it was supposed to have a top ramp like on the Ruger No1 with express sights to smooth out the lines but I got impatient to shoot it and that will never happen now.
I also lost the shape of the butt stock and made it too skinny at the aft end.
The hammer is a bit wrong - the spur needed to be wider and the 'screw' boss could have been heftier - bigger in diameter as it looks a bit silly against that massive lock plate. That also looks a bit wrong - could have made it less broad so it didn't look like a banana.
The rear sight is a bit clumsy too, it functions okay but was really clapped together to get it up and running.
Probably being a bit critical, but they are things I notice.

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Re: Let's see your black powder rifles
Reply #41 - Feb 24th, 2019 at 10:05am
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small things/minor details, she is a thing of beauty and functions well......what more does a man need???
  
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Re: Let's see your black powder rifles
Reply #42 - Feb 24th, 2019 at 10:20am
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Yeah, I'm a bit nit-picky - had a lot of fun with that gun.

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