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Got to Shoot a couple handguns today

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by WALKERs210, Mar 27, 2011.

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  1. WALKERs210

    WALKERs210 Member

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    As my wife so elegantly pointed out to me a few weeks ago, I have way too many guns and most have never been fired. So this afternoon I grabbed up my Rem 1858 and a Kentucky 45cal and headed out to the back of property. First thing I did wrong was picked up a can of Pyrodex P that a gentleman gave me a few weeks ago. Don't like it, will wind up using it to get rid of fire ants. The Kentucky was first up, at 25 feet it was dead on for windage but shooting way low, that is an easy fix. After two or three rounds its time for the 58 Remmy, 18-20 g Pyrodex P, pre-lubed wad, .454 RB. shots were on paper but all over the place. Walked back to the house (gotta get a golf cart) and picked up my 3f BP. Walked back to my shooting area (really need the golf cart). The Remmy started hitting more where I was aiming and someone that don't shake and wheeze as much as I do most likely would do much better. Then a couple more rounds with the Kentucky, think some of my caps are getting old. Had two caps in a row that failed to fire, even after several snaps. One of them looked like nothing in there except for colored paper. But with the 3F it was hitting well within my expectations. Gotta love making smoke except for the walk back home again.
     
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    How do you get rid of fire ants with Pyrodex? Do you pour it on the mound and light it, or do you pour it on the mound and let them eat it?
     
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    I take a small shovel, turn the mound open, fill it full of powder, insert electric match, run wires back about 15-20 feet PUSH BUTTON.
     
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    Sounds like a good, logical solution to the problem. I've got a sneaking suspicion that the folks who run the state parks in Texas where we like to spend winters might frown on the method though. With that in mind, when I try it next winter maybe I'll do it at night so nobody sees the explosion.:what:

    Ever since this Wyoming boy found out what fire ants are he's been lookin' for retribution. When we stand in one spot in Wyoming, we're lookin' for rattlesnakes. In southeast Texas I've found that it's just not a good idea to stand in one spot ever, I've even been nailed standing on asphalt. Apparently the little beggers like how I taste.:fire:
     
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    Foto Joe I still have scars on my legs from those Texas Ants. Down close to Victoria I was outside my truck and all of a sudden my legs were on fire, that was in the late 80's and I still have a lot of payback to do.
     
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