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Blackpowder Whitetail Rifle
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Old 11-11-2005, 01:02 PM
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Default Blackpowder Whitetail Rifle

Over in the Whitetail Forum is a picture of the deer I took on the 10th. This thread covers the firearm used and the load/cartridge.

Below are posted several images. The first image being my Sharps .54 caliber that uses a paper cartridge.

The next image shows the Flash Paper (fp) the dowel (b) and the single edged razor (d). You work out the length you want the 'paper cartridge' with regard to the charge. In this instance the charge is 60 grains of 2f... item marked (h). You cut the paper, wrap it around dowel (b) lined up on mark (c) and put a very thin layer of Duco Cement along the edge to make a cylinder.

While on the dowel you fold over the end and put a dab of Duco to hold the one end closed. You charge the paper cylinder with 2f black powder (h) using powder measure (k). You then fold over the remaining end making paper cartridge (t). The cartridges and cast bullets are carried in the leather box on your belt in divided compartments.

To load: You lower the lever, drop the cast bullet (u) into the chamber, push in the paper cartridge (t) and raise the lever which has a sharpened upper edge. This shears off the end of the paper cartridge and exposes the black powder to the priming flash.

The hammer is put on halfcock and a musket cap (m) is placed on the nipple. From this point on you must depend on your own hunting skills.

Point blank range is about 100 yards and I wouldn't personally shoot with open sights over about 150 yards unless it was a large bull elk. I would have to be pretty confident at estimating the range. This 200 yard max shot on elk would depend on you taking the trouble to actually shoot at a target at 200 yards and find out the limit of your abilities.
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