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The original apocalypse guns

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Saddlebag Preacher, Dec 28, 2012.

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  1. Mong0Lloyd

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    How well do the electric ignition muzzle loaders perform?
     
  2. Voodoochile

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    Now that it seems to have turned to some weapons talk, this is my take.

    I have 3 Recurves with about a dozen broadheaded arrows each & almost 2 dozen each with practice points, they would be my primary hunting weapons for either large or small game.

    With the ammount of caps at home, if SHTF happened within this year I'll use my Muzzleloaders as back up to my Recurves & if necessary defence.

    Modern weapons would be defence only ofcorse but let's keep this as a hunting thought.

    I'm going to be keeping my eyes open for a nice flinter in either .62 or up to .75 cal smoothie so I can use it either as a shotgun or a ball shooter, then teach myself to knap flint.
     
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    The CVA Electra basically works pretty good. They may have short battery life in cold weather and/or be finicky with some pellets/powder. But if maintained and kept clean they do their job.
     
  4. Bigguy49

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    I have the "Tap-A-Cap" that I believe Dixie Gun Works produced ,that and a few drink cans cut to size ,along with a roll or two of toy cap pistol caps and you can keep your self in percussion caps for a while I know I make about 1/2 of the caps I use . For those that have never used one before the can is cut into strips and fed into the cap maker ,it punches out neat aluminum caps then using a paper hole punch you pop out 2 or 3 of the cap pistol caps (just the powder blister) and tuck them into your new home made caps ,adjust as necessary .
    Do they work 100% of the time ...mmmm I'll say 90% of the time I call it good for target and pinking and save the factory produced ones for my serious hunting
     
  5. Malamute

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    I cant get too excited about using a flint gun or percussion if cartridges are around. By around, I mean cases. They work fine with black and cast bullets if need be, and as was brought up, primers are the weak link. Enough primers can be had to last a lifetime though for fairly reasonable amount of money, (at least before the latest panic). If I'm stockpiling anything, it would be primers and smokeless powder. One pound of smokeless will load about 1000 rds of 44 spl or mag, or slightly less than 1000 45 Colts. Both work as pistol rounds and carbine rounds. The same pistol powder can be used in 30-30 and 35-55 for black level loads and be far more economical to make rounds with than black and caps. Sorry if that sounds sacriligeous, but it seems much more practical to me.

    Primers, powder and bullets could also be salvaged from cartridges that dont chamber in your guns. Anyone with a bit of reloading experince, a good manual, bullet mould, and some time could make loads from one caliber to another.

    As far as wheel weights, be sure you aren't getting zinc weights, they are becoming far more common the past couple years, and the word is will be standard for wheel weights before too long, the lead ones are being phased out.
     
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