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More to BP blowups than smokeless?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by RustHunter87, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. RustHunter87

    RustHunter87 Well-Known Member

    Just found this article this morning, i know ppl have different opinions of this site but the author seems to make some good points.
    Really a troubling bit of info, Id like to think you could fallow the manufactures instructions that come with the gun and be safe!
    whats you guys take on this?
  2. nofishbob

    nofishbob Well-Known Member

    This was very interesting.

    Am I correct in my understanding that this article is from 1996 or 1997?

    Edit: Sorry, I see it was 2005.

    Last edited: Nov 20, 2012
  3. Fingers McGee

    Fingers McGee Well-Known Member

    It's old news. Too bad we don't have a dead horse smiley.
  4. Pancho

    Pancho Well-Known Member

    Old news to some, new news to some. It's a good reminder during and before deer season that just because it says it in the instruction manual it ain't necessarily true.
    I was always suspicious about that "magnum" craze that hit some years back. I can't remember who started it but it seems it was a quality company followed by everyone else.
    Market pressure overriding integrity.
  5. denster

    denster Well-Known Member

    While is is always wise to excercise caution. This article was written by Randy Wakeman who, after being insulted on a CVA message board, set out on a one man vendetta to cast as many aspersions as possible on the company. For a year or two he was pretty prolific at posting on various message boards and billing himself as an expert and a legal consultant on all things having to do with muzzleloading. He eventually lost what little credability he had and was banned from most forums.
  6. frontiergander

    frontiergander Well-Known Member

    the biggest loser to ever enter the world of muzzle loader. He and his ambulance chasing lawyer buddy who wakeman advertises for,
  7. Lunie

    Lunie Well-Known Member

    And yet there are those who feverishly attempt to steal that title... :rolleyes:
  8. frontiergander

    frontiergander Well-Known Member

    toby bridges is gaining
  9. RustHunter87

    RustHunter87 Well-Known Member

    well good, I guess, that sets my mind at rest about the cheap inlines, thanks guys
    Ps: I didnt realize that was like 7 year old news when i read it :rolleyes:
  10. Busyhands94

    Busyhands94 Well-Known Member

    For me, the idea of buying a 209 Tracker for $95.00 at a store like Wally world and shoving three Triple Seven pellets in there with a sabot on top doesn't really do it for me. I mean, the chances of something going wrong aren't too great. And I know they proof the barrels. I just don't like em' that much, I don't care if they are all safe and modern. Spending $95 on a brand new muzzleloading rifle just doesn't seem right to me.
  11. frontiergander

    frontiergander Well-Known Member

    Hawken rifles when new cost $35.

    Why do TC's cost so much? You ever watch the hunting shows? All that advertisement costs them money, they got to be able to pay for those show sponsorships some how.

    A corvette costs GM roughly $15,000 to build yet they sell it for 75k.

    Cost doesn't mean its any better and it dang sure doesnt mean a higher priced gun will shoot the best.
  12. scythefwd

    scythefwd Well-Known Member

    There were some lawsuits filed about the cva's blowing up. Never saw any evidence that they weren't misloaded, improperly seated charges, etc... There were a few where the bolt let go, but we still dont know if it was a problem with the gun or the loader. CVA DID recall guns from 95-96. People were still blowing themselves up 5 years later with those same guns. They also changed barrel makers since.

    old thread covering the same topic..

    Last edited: Nov 21, 2012
  13. RustHunter87

    RustHunter87 Well-Known Member

    what about $125 for a traditions?
  14. frontiergander

    frontiergander Well-Known Member

    How about $160 for a CVA Wolf? Best little low cost rifle ive ever shot.
  15. scythefwd

    scythefwd Well-Known Member

    both the traditions and the wolf are nice rifles. I've sold off my optima elite that started the last thread I linked to, but it was also a nice little rifle.

    I'm actually looking at replacing it with a sxs shotgun and a dedicated BP rifle.. and both of those rifles are on the short list.
  16. RustHunter87

    RustHunter87 Well-Known Member

    thanks for the input guys, I think the Wolf is what my brother bought last year and he likes it so I think I can spare the extra 50
  17. Rom828

    Rom828 Well-Known Member

    Isn't one of the basic rules of reloading anything to start low and work your way up? Some people don't respect the potential of what they are doing and should take up bowling or golf.
  18. rifle

    rifle Well-Known Member

    I would have to add to this. Starting in muzzleloading many years ago and reading much on the subject I came to the opinion/conclusion that Spainish muzzleloader barrels were inferior to US made barrels. If a muzzleloader is selling cheap then there are cost cutting factors that have to be considered.
    My opinion about Spainish barrels was developed long ago so including newer inlines in with my repitour of knowledge/opinion isn't really fair. My personal standard is to stay away from Spainish muzzleloader barrels.
    Still when it comes to safety I opt for what I believe is the better guns with good proofed barrels.
    When using the new high energy powders like 777 which is,as I read in a gun magazine article, actually smokeless powder of some rendition there should be some concern with loading 150gr. loads in the muzzleloaders.
    I thunk it a good idea to research the info on the proof standards of the barrel you would be containing an explosion in right in front of your face and know what pressures are considered maximum for it. Then use a margin of error.
    There really ought to be a SAMMI spec. concerning the muzzle loader barrels sold in the US. With the new high energy blackpowder subs the steel in the barrels should be an ordanance grade steel like 41-40 or 41-50 gun barrel steel.
    When a muzzleloader sabet with bullet can be propelled at 2,000fps it becomes akin to a 458 Winchester magnum. That is some real pressure.
    Not only barrels but barrels with breech plugs installed should be proof tested to a rather high pressure standard.
    It would be interesting to see info on pressure tests or proof tests of the assorted muzzleloader barrels from the assorted companies selling in the US.
    Back in time around the mid eighties I saw a compilation of burst or bulged barrels and the loads and loading faults and manufactures. At that time in that info the Spainish barrels were the most that failed. The loads that most failed at were with FFFg blackpowder and heavy conical bullets. Failures included some of all the muzzleloader barrels out there at the time. Loading mistakes were included like short started bullets not on the powder but stuck somewhere midway in the barrels but most were supposedly loaded correctly. Some in really dirty barrels with bullets forced down on the powder.
    It would be interesting to know what the proof standards are for the barrels on the market but getting that info as well as the steel type used is not easy to do.
    I know the 12L14 steel was used alot in the past. Some were of the opinion that that steel was not the best to use. I've never had trouble with it but never loaded 150gr. charges in anything that didn't shoot a "ball" out of a big diameter bore where the pressures are less from a big hole. The smaller the bore the higher the pressures at least with like charges compared.
    Anywhooo.....I think the 12L14 steel may still be being used today in some muzzleloader barrels but maybe not in the inlines.
    In the old days if more power was needed for knock down a bigger bore and projectile was used. Still works today with lower pressures. Might shoot with a trajectory like a rainbow but......can get the job done.
  19. alsask

    alsask Well-Known Member

    Pedersoli and Lyman [Investarms] use chrome moly for their barrels.
  20. frontiergander

    frontiergander Well-Known Member

    cva had Ed Shilen help them build their new barrels and get advice. Inferior? No way.

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