2.) Uberti Hawkin, copied exactly from a Hawkin taken from the Museum in St. Louis, 1:66 twist, 30 in. bbl, marked .54 but I had to have a .526 mold made. Uberti copied it from an unfired original. Very accurate!
3.) the best shooting 1:23, .50 slug only Hawkin, basically Navy Arms, but I built it up with a bunch of left over parts I got for 10 bucks, the most accurate slug shooter I or anyone else that's ever shot it has ever seen, must be luck because I sure didn't quite know what I was doing when I built it.
4.) In case any Buffalo or Rhino's get loose from the local Zoo, a Traditions 1853 3 band Enfield that works best with a really overweight Whitworth .576 Minie ball and 60 grains of 2f.
Not the most accurate at all, but tied for favorite with the .32. An incredible thumper.
Started hunting with BP about 1973 or so, with a .45 TC Hawkin, sorry I ever sold it.
Soon to come, hopefully this year, is a 12 gauge double, a good quality Zouave, and a Brown Bess. Later on I want a Charleville, and a good quality Northwest Trade Gun. (prox. 20 gauge, smoothbore).
Then I plan to spend the next 66 years Hunting,
Fishing and maybe drinking a few beers.
Guys that use in-lines probably use compound bows too!
All hunting is great, but BP hunting is the best of the best.
Cowdawg's one of the good guys, so it must be okay, else he wouldn't do it!.
But he's missing a lot of fun.
Stalk for an hour and a half, get ready to shoot and find out the cap fell off the nipple somewhere along the way. Or, when the piece goes click instesd of BOOM, that maybe it's raining harder than you thought, and perhaps you really should have taken the extra minute in camp to drip a little candle wax around the cap to waterproof it.
But even with an in-line you still get to load in a hurry and shoot your ramrod at the critter. And you always get to be rushed and distractrd enough to realize you seated the ball and NOW your pouring powder down the bore.
Waaay back in the old days I first shot a blackpowder that belonged to my nephew (we are the same age and more like brothers) at some willows down on Kanab creek outside of kanab utah. i shot, heard the tree start to crack and fall, and then after the smoke cleared I saw the tree.
i really like the challange of the stalk and I have passed up more deer than I have takin.
I hunt to get meat, get out in the open with friends and family and to carry on tradition.
I have two inlines. A Remington 700, 50 cal and a cheap CVA 45 cal. The remington is a nice accurate gun, but the damn thing shoots straight through them! I have tried different sabbots, all do the same thing. The deer doesn't run far, it does a lot of damage on the way through, but no blood trail. So you have to watch them to see where they go after you shoot. Now the 45 cal is a different story, you pull the trigger and they don't run, go down right there. Anyone have any suggestions on the 50 cal? I want to stay with sabbots.
I've hunted with a .50 cva hawkins for the past 12 years. I use the hornady sabots with a hornady 240 gr LSWCPH over 90 gr pyrodex. I've used 100 gr of pyrodex but I'm still getting complete pass through with 90. Does wonders on deer. I also have a 1858 remington replica.