The King's musket barks again

by Bob Hatfield @, Sunday, December 10, 2017, 05:22 (248 days ago)

Not a frontier six-shooter for sure. My Pedersoli Bess barked today. 60 yards, 100 gr. 2F, .715 ball wrapped in a .015 ticking patch lubed with TOW mink oil. It was one of Elmer's classic "raking" shots. Entering behind the ribs and after blasting through the liver and lung it shattered the upper leg bone on the offside and exited. The scraggly buck hit the ground, got up and piled up again about a 100 feet away.
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Illegitimi Non Carborundum

Darn I need to preview and resize before clicking submit ntx

by Bob Hatfield @, Sunday, December 10, 2017, 05:27 (248 days ago) @ Bob Hatfield

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Illegitimi Non Carborundum

The King's musket barks again

by Ken O'Neill, Sunday, December 10, 2017, 06:01 (248 days ago) @ Bob Hatfield

OUTSTANDING!

Very good sir

by Jhenry, Sunday, December 10, 2017, 08:47 (248 days ago) @ Bob Hatfield

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Very cool! Congrats!

by Caz, Sunday, December 10, 2017, 09:41 (248 days ago) @ Bob Hatfield

nm

Yes indeed, very cool!

by Hoot @, Diversityville, Liberal-sota, Sunday, December 10, 2017, 10:23 (248 days ago) @ Bob Hatfield

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WOW! You did very well

by Fivegunner @, LOWELL Mi., Sunday, December 10, 2017, 10:37 (248 days ago) @ Bob Hatfield

Nice looking rifle .:-D

Smoothbore. no rifling.

by Bob Hatfield @, Sunday, December 10, 2017, 15:02 (247 days ago) @ Fivegunner

It is minute of deer accurate. out to 75 yards

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Illegitimi Non Carborundum

impressive shot ! thats doing it right !

by cable, Sunday, December 10, 2017, 15:39 (247 days ago) @ Bob Hatfield

glad you would have been on our side in the revolutionary war !

impressive shot ! thats doing it right !

by uncowboy, Sunday, December 10, 2017, 17:16 (247 days ago) @ cable

EXCELLENT

impressive shot ! thats doing it right !

by Bob Hatfield @, Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 04:11 (245 days ago) @ cable

By looking at the damage to the deer's upper leg bone all the surgeon would have to do if a soldier got hit in the arm would be to use a knife to finish cutting it off. No saw needed

Bob

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Illegitimi Non Carborundum

WOW indeed!

by Otony, Sunday, December 10, 2017, 18:00 (247 days ago) @ Bob Hatfield

I don't know whether to be impressed or confess to being jealous!

Smoothbore muzzleloaders are among my favorites, I have five here, two percussion and three flintlock, ranging from 24ga on up to 12ga. You are an inspiration for me to get off my derriere and challenge Bambi!

Otony

WOW indeed!

by Bob Hatfield @, Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 04:14 (245 days ago) @ Otony

The Pedersoli Bess always has good reviews so I thought I'd go that route after selling my Jackie Brown Carolina smoothbore. I do miss the lightness of it though. This Bess weighs 9-1/2 pounds.

Bob

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Illegitimi Non Carborundum

Congrats!

by Bri A, Sunday, December 10, 2017, 20:09 (247 days ago) @ Bob Hatfield

Very nicely done, darn few are using traditional front-stuffers of any stripe during the black powder seasons. It is sort of a shame.

Vicarious joy is what your picture is for me.

by Hobie ⌂ @, Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Monday, December 11, 2017, 06:57 (247 days ago) @ Bob Hatfield

I have the short version.

If you've the time I'd like to hear/read some technical behind the scenes stuff. What size ball, patch, what powder(s), vent diameter, flint source.

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Sincerely,

Hobie

Vicarious joy is what your picture is for me.

by Bob Hatfield @, Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 04:08 (245 days ago) @ Hobie
edited by Bob Hatfield, Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 04:12

I've settled on 100 grains of 2f. The patching I use is the thinner brown or red striped .015 ticking from Wal-Mart. For some reason it seems to do better in this gun than the thicker blue striped.018 size, but I wouldn't swear to it. The wall mart ticking hasn't done well for me in my rifles but it is holding up good in this smoothbore.I've been lubing the patch with Track of the Wolf Mink Oil.

I also load the ball between two lubed fiber wads that I believe is just as accurate. This is the most accurate smoothbore I've owned. It will shoot grapefruit sized groups at 50 yards to the point of aim if I hold correctly.

I use a Lyman .715 ball. 7/8ths black English flint. I put a non removable touch hole liner in and right now it has a 5/64ths hole but I might open it up a smidgen. I didn't like the hole they had as it had a long fuse effect. The liner put the main charge much closer to the pan. Usually people just open up the touch hole on these Bess guns. My goal is to make this a 75 yard gun with more load testing and practice. Probably just more shooting practice with cheek weld consistency. I'll use it this next year at N.M.L.R.A smoothbore competition at the Territorial matches.

Bob

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Illegitimi Non Carborundum

Vicarious joy is what your picture is for me.

by Bob Hatfield @, Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 11:56 (245 days ago) @ Bob Hatfield

Here is my 50 yard accuracy from a rest of course.
MY goal is to put them in the black at 75 yards.
It may or may not be doable. I might have to increase the charge but I'll wait till warm weather to find out.

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Illegitimi Non Carborundum

Very nice, Bob

by MS, Monday, December 11, 2017, 07:35 (247 days ago) @ Bob Hatfield

It's always fun to use something different

The King's musket took a bird a few month back

by Bob Hatfield @, Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 04:16 (245 days ago) @ Bob Hatfield
edited by Bob Hatfield, Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 04:19

Have to admit it wasn't a wing shot but it was 25 yards sitting on a log. I used N0. 5 shot. I fried up the breast with seasoned flour and made some buckwheat Kasha to go along with it for lunch in the woods


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Illegitimi Non Carborundum

The King's musket took a bird a few month back

by Bob Hatfield @, Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 11:52 (245 days ago) @ Bob Hatfield

Here is the breast of the beast in the pan half eaten. I always take some seasoned flour and a meat mallet and a cutting board and butter. Usually I have a flattened and tenderized grouse breast sandwich with tomato for lunch if I'm successful. One grouse feeds two guys a nice sandwich each. [image]

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Illegitimi Non Carborundum

Nicely done!

by Rob Leahy ⌂ @, Prescott, Arizona, Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 07:22 (245 days ago) @ Bob Hatfield

The local muzzle loading group in Troy, Idaho all migrated to smooth bore flinters as they found percussion rifles too modern:-)I was never that capable in the fine misty rains and 90 % humidity of an Idaho fall.

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Of the Troops & For the Troops

I always love seeing your photos. Nicely done! NT

by Bryan ⌂, Ft Worth, TX, Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 18:25 (244 days ago) @ Bob Hatfield

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Excellent! NT

by mcassill, Thursday, December 14, 2017, 10:44 (244 days ago) @ Bob Hatfield

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