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Author Topic: My new 62 caliber flintlock rifle!  (Read 564 times)

Offline dhaverstick

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My new 62 caliber flintlock rifle!
« on: November 24, 2018, 10:27:31 AM »
A little over a month ago I had a feller, Mike Delougherty, contact me after reading my traditional muzzleloader article in the 11/18 issue of "Fur-Fish-Game" magazine. He said he had a left-handed 62 flinter that really wanted to go moose hunting and wanted to know if I could give it a new home. Mike had it custom made back in 1986 for elk hunting but was not able to do that sort of thing anymore and he wanted the gun to go to someone who would use it. He sent me some photos of the rifle and the first thing I liked about it was that the barrel was only 30" long. All my longrifles are truly "looong" and I thought this gun would be ideal for toting around in the brush, my preferred place to hunt. His price was certainly reasonable and since he lives about 3 hours from me, we set up a date to rendezvous so I could see the rifle in person.

I drove to his place yesterday and couldn't have been happier with what I found. The rifle is in excellent condition! Mike even showed me the antlers off the 2 bull elk he had killed with it. The bonus was all the stuff Mike gave me in addition to the rifle. I got several cans of different grade powders, balls, shot, ball molds, a melting pot, lead, and a bunch of tools. He even threw in an old rusty barrel and stock from the mid 1800's. They aren't anything usable but they sure do make a great conversation piece!

I still have a couple of firearm seasons left in Missouri that I can try this baby out in. I sure would like to christen it properly!

Darren







Here are all the extras: two boxes of stuff, a big can of shot, and a bag of lead.

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Re: My new 62 caliber flintlock rifle!
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2018, 01:30:32 PM »
Look at you... Get paid to write articles, then get boocou bonuses on top of that infamy! :):)

That .62 should get the job done on moose or elk or---- elephant! :)

Big jump in caliber.. Wonder how BP burns in a shorter bbl like that?  Reduces velocity?  Need to use faster powder?  As you learn stuff...share.


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Re: My new 62 caliber flintlock rifle!
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2018, 02:43:03 PM »
Very interesting build.....  certainly woods friendly.  I like the style of the flat butt plate. 

I am sure the gentleman gave you load info but out of that short a barrel I think I would use 3fffG powder as long as the barrel is 1 1/16 or bigger at the breech. 

Any way, cool gun.....  I would like to see some 50 yard targets from it...

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Re: My new 62 caliber flintlock rifle!
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2018, 09:56:34 PM »
Surprisingly, the guy who had the gun built shot 2F out of that short barrel. He told me that 80-90 grains of 2F worked best for him. If he used more then his groups would start to widen and he would find burnt patches.

The barrel was originally 36" long but after toting the gun around on an elk hunt, Mike decided the gun was top heavy so he cut 6" off the barrel and reconed the end and shortened up the stock. Still yet, the gun weighs 8 lb 12 oz!

I'm more than likely going to start with 70 grains of 3F and see what happens.

Darren

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Re: My new 62 caliber flintlock rifle!
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2018, 11:53:45 PM »
Darren:

That sounds like a reasonable load to me.

I was going to ask you at some point if that barrel had been cut down.  The spacing in the thimbles looked a bit off, if you will....

I would still like to know how it shoots....

Thanks

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Re: My new 62 caliber flintlock rifle!
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2018, 08:42:25 PM »
Such a beautiful rifle to be ruined by being wrong handed!  :thumbs:

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Re: My new 62 caliber flintlock rifle!
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2018, 09:06:02 PM »
Such a beautiful rifle to be ruined by being wrong handed!  :thumbs:

 ;D  Glad you said that, not me...  ::) :wavey:

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Re: My new 62 caliber flintlock rifle!
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2018, 09:20:51 PM »
Such a beautiful rifle to be ruined by being wrong handed!  :thumbs:

 ;D  Glad you said that, not me...  ::) :wavey:

Anyway I can help!     :P

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Re: My new 62 caliber flintlock rifle!
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2018, 07:19:18 AM »
Such a beautiful rifle to be ruined by being wrong handed!  :thumbs:

The best thing about being left handed is it keeps people from borrowing your stuff!

Darren

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Re: My new 62 caliber flintlock rifle!
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2018, 08:11:25 AM »
Such a beautiful rifle to be ruined by being wrong handed!  :thumbs:

The best thing about being left handed is it keeps people from borrowing your stuff!

Darren

Good retort, there, Darren! And likely sooo true! :)

You did a nice score there on that gun and "stuff"! :thumbs:

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Re: My new 62 caliber flintlock rifle!
« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2018, 11:19:49 PM »
Such a beautiful rifle to be ruined by being wrong handed!  :thumbs:

The best thing about being left handed is it keeps people from borrowing your stuff!

Darren


So true!
Good retort, there, Darren! And likely sooo true! :)

You did a nice score there on that gun and "stuff"! :thumbs: