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Discussion in 'Black Powder Discussion' started by AndyinEverson, Jul 24, 2018.
No. I'm just cleaning the gun.
I'm not sure what that is, but the reason I asked is that even if it got wet trying to "clear" a touch hole can be noisy!
Louder than a "cap gun"...but quieter than a .22 in most cases...I have touched off a cap or three in my back yard without causing a fuss with the neighbors....
Great. I think I'll try and clear it that way tomorrow. These critter sure get dirty fast. That was only 5 rounds.
I have heard "Formula 409" works very well at busting down the nasty powder fouling, might give it a shot!
Windex works wonders too...
As a "first clean"...then followed with soap and hot water....
I've fired off 30-06 in my backyard and all I got was a bunch of excited chatter from the daughter of the girl next door. Nice living in the woods. But I stop during fire season, worried the black powder might catch some of this dry grass on fire...also there are no hunters to mask my noise, the quiet is unsettling.
Worst part is if we ever sell I'm going to expect the same or more but I get the feeling it's pretty rare even in these parts to be able to make noise without neighbors complaining. A few miles south of here I've heard it's not the same, people call the cops for any little bit of noise. I have a feeling it's because of all the county hunting land around me.
I wish that hearing protection act would go through, then all anyone would hear is ringing of steel.
Having only shot a Hawken .50 replica, I've always wondered, how on earth do you keep from impaling yourself?
[edit to add] There's NO WAY you could own that many muzzle loaders. I think we should BAN you !
One does need to keep an eye out for smoldering patches...but there are easy to spot...and it doesn't happen as often as one might think.
Those curved butt plates fit better than you might think...plus on some of those old rifles...there were meant to be fired off the upper arm and not the shoulder...much like a modern pistol brace....
Yeah you could ban me...but then this place would be like a teacher in the summer time...No class...Errr...Wait...
And by mid August, most kids looking forward to going back to school, i.e. waiting for teacher to return....
Dollar tree has that cleaner called "Awesome" that works very well, but will remove a stocks finish, so use carefully! I only use if on my modern inline front stuffers, and only when they get really gumed up!
Works well on cars and RV's too, at the right concentration. Will strip off some nasty stuff without damaging most finishes, though I would heed your warning about the finish on the stocks.
Worked like a champ! Put an old pillow on the ground and a rag around the breach, could barely hear it.
Glad it worked out for you...
Now I know it what I suggested works.....Just kidding...!
Preach it Andy. Shooting my flintlock didn't really become fun until I started shooting from the bag. Then it became pure pleasure. Especially if you can shoot at reactive targets. Potatoes on a stick are really my favorite. No ricochet potential and the debris is biodegradable. Plus you immediately know if it's a hit or a miss. A spit patch for that kind of shooting seems to keep fouling tolerable for a decent length range session. I've shot caps a bit but flintlocks are more fun to me and not at all hard to master (I use the term "master" loosely). Or at least get good enough for a decent range session.
Its difficult to argue about how to shoot a flintlock when you load and shoot it , like Daniel Boone or Kit Carson...now if I only shot as good as those guys....
A visit to see Joe and his good lady, Suzi, at the Gun Works in Springfield OR would set your mind straight one way or another. If you DO go, be sure to give them my best and tell them we'll be over later on.
While I have never been at their store...at the big black powder gun show in Monroe...
Joe and Suzi at the Gun Works and the rest of their staff , have always done good.
Lots of guns and the items you need...knowledgeable and friendly staff...good prices...fair valve for trades...
And again , all of this , when rushed at a gun show...So its got to be even better when they are in their shop.