Also from what I gather, each rifle is unique anyway.
I hunt with either of two Knight inlines, but I have used traditional muzzleloaders also. Most traditions have a rifling twist that is designed for round balls, and thus do not shoot conicals very well. As for effectiveness, many a deer has been taken with the round ball. There will on occasion be one that runs off after being shot, but I've seen the same thing with lung shot deer with a high powered rifle too.
If they don't work for me, I have a couple of hundred round ball coming too. :image035:
I sure wish I lived as close to the Log Cabin shop like I once did. I'd be set and already shot the gun several times.
- is it OK to dry fire a cap lock? I dont see why not, but maybe I'm missing something.
It smashes the nipple and make it hard to put on a cap. Dont do it.
Guns that are set up to shoot round-balls are usually a 1 in 66 twist. These wont shoot conicals all that great.
The TC is a 1 in 48 which shoots both pretty well.
OK, that makes sense. I want to adjust the triggers a bit is why I want to dry fire. I think I have some tubing in the workshop. It looks as if some aquarium air line would work perfect.
Check out this guy's Hawken;
Its one of the best looking I've seen on the net.
Sixto, things have been covered pretty well so far. If you decide you've got the bug, check the site of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association - nmlra-dot-org. Good info and there's a list of field reps and clubs/shoots so you can find something local.
Yeah, I'm pretty sure I got the bug. I've been looking and researching stuff non stop now. I guess because its just something different in the gun world.
I see you are in SW Ohio; me too. Do you know if there are local black powder clubs?
NMLRA - Visit Friendship, Indiana and go to the National Championship Shoot is held in mid-September.
I shoot BP/ML "QUITE A BIT" ( Hunting,BP/ML competition (pistol & rifle), Rendezvous & FUN. Plus I am a NRA TC Inst.( all 3 of the BP/ML disciplines) I am also a Charter Member & Forum moderator Here http://www.traditionalmuzzleloadinga...om/forum]Index of /forum
BTW, although I do own & shoot "cappers (esp in the rain here in the PNW) I primarily shoot "flinters.
I will PM you
Just wanted to add, TC Borebutter is the eighth wonder of the world.
Sixto - I agree with DaveH. Get to Friendship during a National shoot (Spring and Fall) if at all possible. In answer to your question, there are several NMLRA Charter Clubs close - at least two in Cincinnati, in Dayton, and in Miamisburg - as well as bunches around the state. There are three or four Field Reps in the Cincy/Dayton area. The NMLRA website has a click on link to listing of reps and clubs for contact info.
I've been a member of the NMLRA for over thirty years, but have not shot competition for a long time (seems like something always comes up - that's life and work). Most clubs shoot on Sundays, and I get tied up with church responsibilities. National shoots are great fun to go to, even if you just hang around and inhale the atmosphere.
NMLRA is a great organization, and works hand-in-hand with the NRA and others to preserve our heritage and the Second Amendment.