Traditions Crockett Rifle


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Blasterbear
July 12, 2007, 11:06 PM
I bought one of these little .32 cal. rifles several months ago and I want to share what a fun gun it is to shoot. I load it with 30 grains of Pyrodex pistol powder, a round ball and a pre-lubed linen patch from "Track of the Wolf". It shoots about a 4" group at 100 yards on a good day. It's light, not noisy, recoils about like a .22 rim fire, and is pleasingly accurate. Everyone who shoots it wants one, my son calls it the "black powder BB gun". It does demand that the shooter bump some powder over into the drum when loading or it sometimes misfires. Never when that is done first. Try it, you'll like it.

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ky_man
July 12, 2007, 11:30 PM
Try real black powder, it's much easier to shoot with. Pyrodex is not recommended, especially for flintlocks where it is near useless without a BP in the flash pan and a bump (~5g) of BP behind the pyrodex pellet. Pyrodex is for "those guns that will not be mentioned", that start with an I-----.

Pyrodex requires more compression and higher temperatures to burn. BP burns extremely quickly.

Typically, I load my BP pistols and rifles with 3F from GOEX.

Blasterbear
July 13, 2007, 08:28 PM
I will do that, as soon as I burn up all this Pyrodex that I still have. I'll probably load it into cartridges.

mp510
July 14, 2007, 01:01 AM
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arcticap
July 14, 2007, 01:04 AM
If the .32 is like a .22 LR, then the .36 is like a .22 Magnum. :)
After shooting a variety of BP rifle calibers, I tried out the .36's and can't say enough good things about them.
I decided to shoot them using the 777 fffg because others have touted it for the smaller calibers, due to less powder residue and increased velocity grain for grain.
Since 777 has a sharper kick in the larger caliber guns which turns me off, I figured that I would try to use it up, and found that it worked pretty good in my Traditions and CVA .36's.
Some shots were a little erratic with some being due to my error, but when it's just paper plinking, it hard to find a powder that shoots much cleaner or with more power.
I haven't had any misfires with 777 in either rifle IIRC.

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