April 14, 2011, 05:24 PM
hello everyone! what do you usually bring when you go BP shooting besides normal accessories such as powder, caps, wads, balls, lube, etc. i mean anything out of the norm? i had a buddy of mine who used to shoot black powder when he was younger, he told me he would always bring a salt spoon along to prime his flintlock, although i would never consider packing a salt spoon anytime soon it still is a good idea. another fellow told me he would bring rubbers along when going on a rainy hunt. apparently you put one over the muzzle to prevent water from entering the barrel. seems like a pretty interesting idea, however it might be a little awkward if the local gun shot started carrying them! haha!

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April 14, 2011, 05:26 PM
New to muzzle loading? Getting started (

April 14, 2011, 05:36 PM
i have been shooting BP for a little while actually, as well as making my own powder and a few of my guns.

April 14, 2011, 08:45 PM
Yep, PROPAPYLACTICS, (in the words of Ford Fairlane Rock & Roll Detective) work well for keeping water out of the barrel. Finger cots would be good for revolver barrels.

April 14, 2011, 09:14 PM
i think finger cots would work for a derringer or a small pistol, maybe even a .410

April 14, 2011, 11:01 PM
Go to the grocery store or the drugstore. Buy yourself some small balloons. Just like the children play with. Stretch one of them over the muzzle, The heat and blast will burn right through it when you fire and it will not interfere with your sighting. They're dirt cheap. Get whatever color that blow's your skirt up. (Paratrooper term). I must have 6 or 7 thousand of them around here. (brownish tan for the summer, green for the trees and mountains, and white and cream colored for the snow and ice)..They're excellent in the rain, blowing snow and sleet or for just keeping dust out of your barrel if you happen to stand the piece upright in the corner..I use them on my .45 inlines. Since I seldom shoot any of them much anymore I would imagine I have a lifetime supply of balloons. I don't bother pulling one over the muzzle of a revolver although I started to a couple of times on the .44 Cattleman's Carbine I like to carry and never get far away from....

April 15, 2011, 01:35 AM
oh man, i misspelled the title here. i wrote "assessories" instead of "accessories"

April 15, 2011, 03:26 AM
I bring along a little vial of flash powder, available at the online pyrotechnical (fireworks) supply companies, if I am shooting with fllints that day. I mix the flash powder 50/50 with the 4Fg flash pan priming powder, and use this mix instead of just plain 4Fg BP. It flashes bigger and hotter than just the BP by itself, I almost never have misfires now, even in the rain.

I also bring along a little gun cotton, (Nitrated fluffy cotton), which ignites in a flash, just like the flash powder. I stuff down a small tuft of it, down on top of the powder charge in the barrel when I load my rifle with either a mini-ball or a conical. I do this, to prevent the lube from the conicals from soaking into the powder charge.

Oh, ya, and a half roll of toilet paper stuffed into my possibles bag... Not for the gun, for ME !!! I guess I am a bit like an old dawg, I gotta "mark" my territory whenever I am out.


ElvinWarrior... aka... David, "EW"

April 15, 2011, 07:30 AM
coon skin cap :]

April 15, 2011, 10:00 AM
oh man, i misspelled the title here. i wrote "assessories" instead of "accessories"
Your response made my day, thanks for the laugh! Sorry so cryptic , but you just made my day.


April 15, 2011, 02:18 PM
Nice Range Box !!! Great little build !!!

Slap a sticker on it, put two fold down or fold up lids on the top section, add in an upper insert, and slap on a sticker....

Seriously, you could be making those for Dixie and the other outfitters, they do BUY alot of these kinds of things from private persons just making a little extra on the side !!!


ElvinWarrior... aka... David, "EW"

April 15, 2011, 05:20 PM
haha! glad you thought it was funny!

Texas Moon
April 15, 2011, 06:00 PM
I have a big old fishing tackle box as my BP range box.
It has the fold out staggered trays.
I called it my rattlesnake box because you never know whats gonna bite you when you stick your hand down in it. :D

Nothing in it unusual.
Nipple wrenches, flasks, tools, extra caps, powder, patches, break down cleaning rod, pistol range rod, spare parts, flashlight, spare eyeglasses, ear plugs, Handi-wipes, flints, mallet, spare truck key(don't ask me why. :cuss:)

Mike 56
April 15, 2011, 07:31 PM
I made my self a range box my cap and ball revolvers and my 50cal ML. I keep a tackle box full of goodies in my truck. one side of the range box is for my muzzle loader and the other is for loading my BP revolver.

Dave Markowitz
April 16, 2011, 07:55 PM
Mike, that box is really slick. I like it a lot.

April 16, 2011, 09:13 PM
"Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms should be a convenience store not a government agency"
hahaha! i love it!

April 17, 2011, 04:17 AM
Here's a previous accessory photo thread:

Black Powder Tools! Post 'em if you got 'em

April 17, 2011, 08:02 AM
As long as we are posting our favorite ASSories, I made up a bunch of presentation cap boxes for my boxed sets by just taking some standard CCI and Remington cap tins, buffing them on my buffing machine with a soft aluminum wire re-finshing wheel, to remove all the old paint from them... Buffed them up a bit, copper plated the insides of the tins, gold plated the outside of the top, and nickel plated the outside of the bottom... They came out looking like this...

And look like this inside one of my cased sets,

Have FUN with it !!!


ElvinWarrior... aka... David, "EW"

April 17, 2011, 11:28 PM
very nice work there! i never thought of refinishing a percussion cap tin like that, it is absolutely ingenious!

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