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Some of y'all who have been over to my place have seen my collection of muzzle loaders most inherited from FIL. I've only fired the flintlock pistol during a "Pirate Wedding" with paper towel load. Spectacular!


Since we have settled here by Bayou Chico in 1996, each Thanksgiving we go to my Brother's farm in NE MS and deer hunt. I always carry my sporterized Mauser in 30.06, but I gave it to my Grandson In Law who now lives in Colorado so he can get some food. I also hunt deer with my M-1 Garand, or Winchester 30-30. I turkey hunt with my Winchester Model 1897 12 gauge pump that I bought new in 1952 after working on the farm and bailing hay.


So, getting around to the "Bucket List", at age 81 with several major health challenges, I thought maybe I go after Bambi with one of the antiques. We have been feeding the deer a lot of corn and they will be back for more. We have a hunting house about 50 yards from where they come eat.


1-I need some expert gunsmith muzzle loader specialist to check out these old rifles. I am a Marine, so I know the difference between a gun and a rifle. Anyone know someone?


2-After I get them checked out, I will go to the range for some familiarization and sighting in.


3-If all goes well, we will drive up to Plantersville before Thanksgiving and get some food for the winter. I am the fifth generation born in Mississippi, so must carry on the tradition of getting meat for the winter.


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I'm not an expert, but I can tell you if I'd shoot it or not. As long as it isn't Damascus steel you should be fine. If nobody else better can help, I'll come by.
 

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I've got four or five and they were my preferred method when I was stationed in Kansas. Pull the nipple and clean it, shine a light down the bore, if it rusted or pitted, I'd hang it on the wall. If the bore looks good, run a few patches down her and bust a couple caps to clear the nipple channel. swab here again then light lube or bore butter, patch, ball, primer and check her out. I use pyrodex powder and sabot's now but have killed a ton with patch and ball. I took my dad in Kansas, he had never shot a black powder gun; killed a deer first trip. Very simple and enjoyable process. Just keep them very clean. By the way; Kansas is a 100% success on black powder draws. Enjoy and good luck.
 

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Not this year

Did you get one?

We got up to my Brother's Farm in Plantersville, MS, but I did not feel well enough to hunt.


Being old and sick is still better than "Tombstone Orchard"


When it warms up and I feel well, I'll go up to the range and try my smokepoles.


Thanks for asking,


Tom
 
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