Post by desertdrifter on Dec 19, 2015 14:24:02 GMT -5
I'm retired and have been around muzzle loaders most of my life. My grandfather got me started in ML back in the 50's. He was a black powder sort all of his life. More about him later. I've been collecting and building ML firearms for 50 years. I've made flintlocks and percussion guns. Have originals too. But sadly it has only been lately that I paid any attention at all to the modern inlines. I started reading a little about them and the makers who make them. When I finally read about smokeless muzzle loaders is when it really caught my attention.
My grandfather converted centerfire rifles back in 50's to shoot smokeless powder and sabotless bullets. He would cut a few inches of the barrel off at the muzzle end and use it to swage bullets to the rifle he was shooting. I can't begin to recall exactly what his loads were. I do remember they were safe, he was pleased with the results and never had any problems.
My interest was peaked and when I came across a Savage 10ML-II blued I snagged onto it. I've been reading about loads and components. I'm about ready to jump into the experience with both feet just as soon as my order from MMP arrives.
I'm not so much a hunter anymore but I still like to shoot. The hunting in Colorado is no where close to what the hunting was back in the 50's and 60's. So I have some wide open property in southeastern CO where me and my friends campout, josh each other and have fun. We do a lot of shooting, tinkering and puttering around with firearms and MLs.
I'm looking forward to meeting you all, learning from your experiences, knowledge and stories.
thanks for the post. what your grandfather done was done by several shooters in the 50/s. a lot of naysayers say its bull but you just confermined it apart from me. thanks.i built a 45 cal side lock once that was a 1/28 twist. i did as you grandfather did with a lubercated 40 grain cast bullet. that gun was extremely accurate and still is. a pig hunter in florida now owns it.thanks again.