View Full Version : Haywire becomes a follower of The Holy Black

04-06-2014, 09:49 PM
Yes, I admit it, I am now a convert to BP. While I have always been interested, I decided to check out a muzzle loader. Went to Cabelas, checked out a couple of different ones, settled on a Hawken rifle, percussion cap model. Sold the m14, did a bit of trading, and brought this beauty home
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Ok, now I have a Hawken, I need to learn to load, shoot, and properly look after the lady, learn from the internet? nah, lets look up a good friend, and resident Holy Black proponent Edenchef.
Here are the two beauties we are shooting, Kentucky long rifle flintlock "Mariah" and my percussion Hawken, which I dont know well enough to name yet.
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Covering the basics
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First shot
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Initial reaction after my first ever muzzle loader shot, I think I need stitches I smiled so hard, and laughed so hard. I LOVE IT!!!
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A later shot
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Knitewolf taking a shot with the Hawken
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We followed it with Eden teaching me the waterless cleaning method, an excellent venison burger supper and some great as always conversation. Left him a sample of my bannock, and the recipe for it, since it passed muster. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable day, and great intro to the mysteries of The Holy Black!!!

04-06-2014, 10:22 PM
HAH! You have the black plague!

You'll never be rid of it.

There's nothing you can do but..........shoot shoot shoot!

Now you know.


04-06-2014, 10:24 PM
Yes, agreed; a very good time had by all! Always fun to introduce a new "Padawan" to the mysteries of Holy Black. I so love the grin after the first shot ever.


04-06-2014, 10:33 PM
Sounds great! Thanks for posting.

04-06-2014, 10:47 PM
I know that grin...first time you touch off a round that spouts fire and brimstone out the barrel you can't help but grin like an idiot...happened again the 2nd time and 3rd and... ;D

Rory McCanuck
04-06-2014, 10:47 PM
Cheshire Cat has nothing on that grin ;D
Looks like a great way to spend a Sunday!

04-07-2014, 08:12 AM
It was awesome. Eden is a great teacher. I fully intend to hunt with the Hawken this year. And put more than a few rounds down the spout. Actually later on that afternoon Kate and Eden were having a conversation, one of them asked my opinion. My response was "I shot blackpowder" with a big grin. Yeah I am definately hooked.

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04-07-2014, 08:57 AM
You need to have some fun investigating what a BP rifle doe sto a reactive target.... melons and grapefruits for starters.... lol... trust me....

04-07-2014, 02:47 PM
Don't let anyone tempt you with a 45-70 or .577 Snider stuffed with the stuff, or your pockets might get lighter in a hurry ;)

04-07-2014, 04:43 PM
Wait a minute....45/70 BP isn't that bad, especially if you cast your own boolets.


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04-07-2014, 04:48 PM
makes me very jealous I passed on a kentucky rifle I was offered in battalion for 160$

04-07-2014, 05:33 PM
I have 235 freshly cast boolets for my 45/70 that are going to sit nicely in front of black powder. This will be my first go with black powder aswell. I'm very excited.

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04-07-2014, 05:49 PM
I have 235 freshly cast boolets for my 45/70 that are going to sit nicely in front of black powder. This will be my first go with black powder aswell. I'm very excited.

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Welcome to the "Dark side". Once you do the Holy Black; you never go back.


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04-07-2014, 09:21 PM
Oh, I meant the cost of a nice Sharps rifle or similar rather than the ammo.

Although the plus is a rifle that is much easier to clean.

04-08-2014, 09:32 AM
true story about one of my first experiences with black powder:

I took 2 nephews and a niece on their first shooting trip to the range in Coquitlam one evening many years ago. The boys were about 12 and 14 i'd guess, and as we walked into the range a nice gent (one of the directors I believe) was just getting ready to fire a beautiful old percussion cap BP rifle. (can't remember the model now). I pointed it out to the boys who watched him intently as he prepared to fire. He lined up, and suddenly there was a thunderous roar and billows of smoke swirled in all directions as a gout of fire shot from the end of the gun. Quite impressed I turned to the boys to comment, and both of them were plastered to the back wall of the shelter spread eagle with their hair standing up looking as tho they'd just stared into the face of the apocalypse itself :) I'm pretty sure they expected noting less than a horde of marauding pirates or perhaps a tribe of enraged zulu's to come pouring out of the darkness downrange. It was the funniest thing i'd seen in years. :)

Fortuantely the gent was absolutely wonderful and a credit to the sport, and offered to give the boys a try on the beast. After I pried them free of the wall and calmed them down a bit, they agreed (fairly certain i'm sure that this was it and wondering if anyone was going to say anything nice at their funerals). They shot the gun and absolutely loved it, surprised at how little it kicked given the noise and smoke and flame it generated. A very positive experience all around by the end of it. I can sure see the allure of those old timey shootin' irons :)

04-08-2014, 02:45 PM
Not that I agree with him...an Uncle of mine upon seeing my 1858 Remington stated matter-of-factly, "you know smokeless powder isn't just a passing fad!"

probly preferred jacketed bullets and scopes too... ;D