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What are some good muzzleloading/black powder forums?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by JoseM, Aug 16, 2008.

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  1. JoseM

    JoseM Member

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    I've found a few but none of them were really good IMO. So, what BP forums do you like? Thank you.
     
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    I like my forum. Its mainly to cover powerbelts but i do love shooting traditional so i have some categories for that subject.

    www.Ganderspowerbeltforu.powerguild.net

    Only 2 months old but members do join up steadily.
     
  4. 4v50 Gary

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    American long rifles have quite a number of well known people as members among them are Gary Brumfield of Colonial Williamsburg and Jim Chambers of Chambers Guns/Siler Locks.
     
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    Well, I kind of like this one. I don't recall ever seeing a question that wasn't thoroughly and accurately responded to.
     
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    Good point. I should have mentioned this one. I didn't because I thought, since the question was asked here, it was obvious. Bad assumption.
    Yes, and me too! Seriously, though, the only reason I responded in a lukewarm manner is because I haven't been a member there very long. My first post included an observation on a thread about patch lube recipes, to the effect that there were 4 pages of responses, mostly about cleaning techniques, and only one patch lube recipe post. On some forums I'd have been flamed loudly; on American Long Rifles the respondent apologized and gave a fairly good reason. And then some more recipes showed up. Class act.
     
  7. JoseM

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    WYD- The questions I've asked have been answered...but I was looking for a site that had a bunch of FAQ's for muzzleloading. For instance, I stumbled across the 1860 Army handgun and then found a 1858 and then found a Navy gun...I don't really know the differences in those. Then I found a Dragoon which I think is an advanced 1860...but haven't really researched. Then I spent about 15 minutes finding out whether or not a blackpowder handgun/rifle can be shipped straight to me or do I need an FFL....then I was curious to how to tell a replica gun (Cimarron) from an original. And then what companies make good replicas...I think they're two that stand out (started with a P and a U but can't remember them offhand).

    This web site was great...but as with everything...the more I learn, the less I know. And the more I learn about BP, the more questions I'm going to have. I was just hoping for a place where I can find all these questions all at once. The one sticky we have in this forum is a good start...but not much more.

    I "think" I'm going to end up getting a Thompson Omega with a thumbhole for hunting. If I really enjoy that (which I think I may), I may end up getting a BP revolver. If I like that, I may end up getting a second rifle (non inline) for the fun of it. The bottom line is that I'm getting excited and am craving information on it and wanted to find a central depository for it all. The only downfall is that I just finished my lower build on my second AR15 and haven't started the upper and may have to put that on hold until I get a few BP firearms;)
     
  8. mykeal

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    You're asking too much.

    There is no half hour route to all things black powder. I can recommend a good book on percussion revolvers: Percussion Pistols and Revolvers, History Performance and Practical Use by Cumpston and Bates (amazon.com carries it). There are many others on other aspects of the sport (a few minutes at Track of the Wolf will give you many choices).

    And frankly, the best school of all is the shooting range. Ya gotta DO it to learn it.

    I've been at this over 30 years and the reason I participate in these forums is to learn even more. There's always some question I need answered - I get reminded every day I don't yet know it all (thanks, Smokin' Gun).
     
  9. Smokin_Gun

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    JoseM go to http://voy.com/60048/ and and either my self or the others there will give a hand in answering your questions as best we can.

    Black Powder Revolvers Forum

    SG
     
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    "...none of them were really good IMO..." Ahem!
    "...don't really know the differences..." What you need is books. You'll learn far more from books on antique firearms than you'll ever learn on-line.
    Start in your local public library. Then think about how much money you want to spend in your local gun shop, at a gun show or on Amazon. Buying books isn't cheap, but you'll cherish everyone of 'em. Used book stores are another place to look.
     
  11. JoseM

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    Please excuse my first post Sunray...when I said "none of them were really good" I meant none of them did what I asked for in post #7.

    And as for asking too much, I didn't know if such a source existed. I learned a ton of information about 1911's at the 1911forum.com and a ton of information about the AR-15 at the AR-15.com. Was hoping for a similar type of BP forum. And as a side note...I'm earning my PhD in engineering on a part-time basis (while working full time) and I learn a LOT of stuff on the internet that is very valid. If the site I was hoping/looking for doesn't exist now...it probably will eventually.

    Thanks for the suggestions.
     
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    Jose,

    You seem like a fellow who likes to do stuff just a bit out of the ordinary. The kind of fellow who finds the aesthetics of an experience important in addition to completing the task..., so perhaps taking a deer with a modern gun isn't enough for you when you can harvest one with a black powder rifle?? No??

    Google Traditional Muzzleloading Assocation for black powder guns and all things going along with them. They have areas for caplock, flintlock, matchlocks, shooting, hunting, traditional bows, and history up to the Civil War, and etc.

    Try Muzzleloader Magazine if you want info on caplock shooting as well as flinters AND the history surrounding the flintlock heyday, and the Campfire is their online forum for questions; no inline info though, and they stop at about the end of the fur trade era (1840).

    LD
     
  13. mykeal

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    BP is too broad a subject for one forum. It covers the gamut from cannons to matchlocks to flintlocks to percussion and into modern electrically ignited inlines; rifles, shotguns, fowlers, smoothbores, pistols, revolvers, cannons and on and on. I know there are lots of different 1911's around, and many variations on the AR-15 theme, but neither of those subjects even begins to compare to the breadth and depth of the black powder subject. That's what I meant by asking too much of one forum.

    The High Road and The Firing Line will say they are open to the entire subject, and they are, but as far as collecting the sum total of the knowledge, it's just too much to cover. The Muzzleloading Forum is perhaps (just my opinion, kids) the best presentation as they have a good selection of subforums that make it easier to zero in on a specific area, but they will not tolerate discussion on inline rifles, so even they are limited in scope with respect to your request.
     
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    I enjoy this Forum and Voy Forum ..of course Voy Forum is a bunch of old coots , that might give ya a hard time at first then take ya in as family If yer skin isn`t too thin , They like to jerk a chain every now and again .
     
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