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Wow! Things have changed in so many ways...

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Chicken-Farmer, Aug 31, 2003.

  1. Chicken-Farmer

    Chicken-Farmer Well-Known Member

    When i was 15 years old my parents purchased a cabelas hawken .54 percussion for me for christmas. The next Christmas i was given a Rogers and Spencers revolver kit from Dixie gun works. I loved shooting those "old" guns but clean up was a chore. When i turned 18, graduated from highschool, and began earning my own money i started purchasing modern cartridge firearms. I occasionally will shoot my rifle or pistol but the accuracy just wasn't what i felt it should be, especially in the revolver.
    Last night i was watching Black powder hunting on OLN. I can't believe the inline muzzleloaders of today compaired to the early versions like the knight wolverine! The show host dropped a bison with one shot from 100 yards using a .50 with a 444 gr power belt bullet. It blew me away, and he was using a hawken style percussion rifle. I'm sure the new inline rifles with 1:28 twist are par with modern rifles.
    This got me to thinking about where i would like to get stationed next. Kodiak, AK is top on my list. I have been previously stationed in Sitka, AK and wanted to hunt with black powder, but i didn't feel comfortable with the reliability of the exposed percussion cap. During the commercials on the show they were highlighting many different styles of in-line's winchester has one with a lever action breech and CVA has one with a break open action.
    Also i'm really impressed with the 209 primer ignition and the invention of the cleaner burning powders in pellet form.
    Seriously thinking about getting back into the muzzleloader scene.

    Jeff Mays
  2. Iggy

    Iggy Well-Known Member

    You'll get a bigger thrill if you do it with your old gun.

    I have killed Antelope, Deer, and Elk not to mention coyotes and other critters with a 54 Hawken, using patched balls. You just have to accept and hunt within the limitations of the old timers..

    The satisfaction of being able to stalk and make a clean kill the way the old timers did it is a real bonus.

    I am not knocking the modern technology or improvements, I'm just a bit behind the curve.

    I ain't sure them newfangled caplocks are gonna catch on and replace the flinter,, no sir I ain't!!:D
  3. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Just picked up a Perdesoli Kodiak in 58 caliber myself. Boy, unlike the the single barrel rifled muskets, this thing is heavy. Guess I gotta work out the upper body more.

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