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Firearms / Re: 50 vs. 54?
« Last post by Rob DiStefano on September 29, 2020, 06:25:57 PM »
considering what you've said you'll be using the gun for, i'd still recommend the .54 over a fifty.  log cabin are good folks, they'll steer ya right.
Firearms / Re: 50 vs. 54?
« Last post by Bowhunter57 on September 29, 2020, 06:18:58 PM »
Rob DiStefano,
I'm building this from scratch. There's a store here in Lodi, Ohio called The Log Cabin Shop that has anything and everything that you need to build whatever you want. They have an inventory of used custom rifles (way over priced for my budget) and several other types and styles. I've owned several caplock/percussion rifles, some were conical twists and one was a roundball twist and they were all 50 caliber. Never owned or built a rifle in a flintlock.
BTW...that's a darn nice looking rifle you have there! :thumbs:

I looked at the Jim Kibler kits and have heard good things about them. However, after visiting the Log Cabin Shop, I felt more comfortable with asking questions about what all I need to complete the type of rifle I want to build and at a lower cost than most kit offerings.

Firearms / Re: 50 vs. 54?
« Last post by Rob DiStefano on September 29, 2020, 06:02:42 PM »
real deal SMRs are typically small caliber, .32 to .40, with an occasional .45 that was freshed out from something smaller as the barrel wore out.  most were caplocks, too.  these are basically 1800's guns where small game hunting was the rule for fast filling the supper pot. 

are you building this from a kit or scratch?  larger bore rifles would be more indicative of the former 1700's colonial error, though rifles were not the norm and smoothbore's ruled the roost (and made much more functional sense than a rifle).

if i had my druthers, it'd be a .54 rifle, and since i've had lots 'n' lots of flinters from .32 to .62, i built a kibler colonial .54 last year.  best kit and best muzzy i've ever owned.  i'm basically a trad bowhunter, not a gun hunter, but if i wanted to kill game from "barking" squirrels to DRT bison with a muzzy it'd be with a .54 flinter.  the added punch of a .54 will be appreciated on deer and varmints, and since every shot fired starts with a load, you can load down or up as need be for the power required for the kind of shooting that's needed.

Firearms / 50 vs. 54?
« Last post by Bowhunter57 on September 29, 2020, 04:58:45 PM »
I'm building a Southern Mountain rifle, in a flintlock, soon. It'll be used for hunting deer, a few varmints (groundhogs and coyotes) and the occasional "quail walk" or rendezvous type shooting.

What would make you choose one caliber over another? 50 vs. 54?

Thank you, for your experienced opinions, Bowhunter57
The Campfire / Re: Interesting find in the regs
« Last post by vtmtnman on September 28, 2020, 01:03:28 PM »
Interesting why they wouldn't allow muzzle loading arms? Hopefully you can get in there next year.
The Campfire / Interesting find in the regs
« Last post by Soonerlonbow on September 27, 2020, 12:02:27 PM »
Local WMA on a small state owned small lake/large pond allows shotgun during modern season, but strangely not muzzle loaders. Around the same time I noticed Pedersoli has a variant of the SxS black powder shotgun with rifle sights and is set up for slugs. Unfortunately with the current state of the oil field I canít do it this year. But Iím seriously giving it some thought for the future!
The Campfire / Re: pyrodex powder?
« Last post by Rob DiStefano on September 20, 2020, 06:00:01 AM »
please restrict all conversations to black powder only. 

pyrodex and its ilk are not true black powder.

when in doubt about what to post, please review the simple BPGang forum rules ...


thank you.
The Campfire / Re: pyrodex powder?
« Last post by doc nock on September 19, 2020, 06:43:33 PM »
Bottom line is "check with the mfg on what they suggest... Rest of our opinions don't matter that much... ::)
The Campfire / Re: pyrodex powder?
« Last post by Soonerlonbow on September 19, 2020, 01:34:48 AM »
Forum rules bub...jussayin.
The Campfire / pyrodex powder?
« Last post by Howard on September 18, 2020, 07:32:07 PM »
Can you shoot Pyrodex powder pellet's  and sabots in a percussion cap riffle?
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