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#1 cayugad

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 04:44 PM

It has been a cold winter. And shooting has not been possible some days, just due to winds and extreme cold. Last night was -24F below at the house, but the sun was out and a promise of warming up got me excited. Finally it got above 0ºs and the thermometer said it was actually 8 above. Well that's good enough for me. I just hope it was not the sun shine on the thermometer causing the nice reading.

So I grabbed a couple rifles. One was a CVA Tracker Carbine that I mounted a red dot scope on. But a problem I faced shooting that was, the bright sun shine. We have new snow, so the bright sun made it almost impossible to see the red dot. Even with the lens filter.

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The glare off the snow and the sun shining to the side of the rifle made that red dot near impossible. I even put the thing on the largest square that should be seen. I even suspected the battery died, but once in the house, in the dark it was plain as day. So we shot that rifle just a few times and decided to get the other rifle moving.

The other rifle was a 50 caliber Lyman Great Plains Hunter Flintlock. I wanted to try some bullets I cast for it. These were out of a LEE mold, .458 and in pure lead weigh 420-423 grains and sized down to .451 to shoot out of my .451 White Rifle, so I threw them in a sabot (MMP HPH 24) and loaded them on top of 70 grains of 3f Black Powder.

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I set the target at only 35 yards. I did not feel like walking a lot through the deep snow, since I was shooting non scoped rifles.

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The two hits low left were out of the Tracker Carbine. I just centered the bulls eye on what I thought was where the dot was. And it was hitting the bulls eye with a roundball. But the group to the right of the bull were the .451 420 grain all lead cast bullet out of the GPH.

At 35 yards that bull was a pretty easy target and I was going to quit as I was getting a little cold. But still wanted to shoot. Then I saw a small can of polyurethane that had hardened on me, and was in the back room. So I grabbed that and ran it out and set it on the box. I was sure it would explode or make a really neat splash.

Once loaded I shot aiming at the can and it did not move. I thought ... what the heck!! I missed. So I loaded again. Again the flintlock flashed and the gun boomed.. and the can never moved. Now I was mad. So I loaded up one more time and thought.. if I miss this time, I am going in the house.

I fired and the can never moved... I was devastated. So I put the rifle in the house where it was safe, and then I went to pick up the targets.

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Needless to say, I was smiling when I gathered up the targets. It suddenly was not so cold. But having put the rifle in the house, I decided to call it a day, clean my two rifles, and get some coffee...

Overall it was pretty nice outside, and shooting again was a real pleasure. While granted it was bitter cold last night, at least it warmed up today and gave me a chance to make some smoke.
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#2 PA RIDGE RUNNER

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:44 PM

Your desire to shoot exceeds mine.  It was only 13 here overnight but with a snow shower or two or three and I held off shooting my flinter one more day.  Maybe tomorrow. 


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#3 cayugad

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:29 PM

Its been a long time since I shot.  Our temperatures have just been brutal around here.  But it looks like nice weather ahead.  So I can haul out a couple more rifles maybe tomorrow.


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Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:16 PM

You may be right but I think I heard a report of more snow for upper Wis.  We have been having fast clippers moving through here for about a week now.  Very little accumulation but not the best weather to shoot my flintlock.  I have a 1:48 barrel for my RMC Accusporter that I only shot a couple of times and now have a peep sight mounted to the piece that the hooked breech fits into so it remains on the rifle when changing barrels.  More to come when the sun shines.


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Posted 06 February 2013 - 04:19 PM

Well it started snowing last night and has not stopped.  I shoveled only four inches of fluffy powder snow today, but it is snowing hard.  So I stayed in the house and did house work...  not my favorite thing to do but still needs to be done.


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Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:38 PM

Same for me today.  All morning it snowed and blowed but this afternoon the sun came out but I waited too long and the sun was too low by the time I finished another project.  I shoot to the west (only direction I can at my home) and when the sun gets too low and with the addition of about an inch of new snow I just would not have been able to see well enough to play.  Maybe tomorrow.


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