Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ten Reasons Why!

How to Remove a Bullet from a Black Powder Rifle

A black powder rifle with a bullet in the bore should be treated with great care as a loaded firearm, as if there is a bullet in the bore, there is probably also powder. Thomson Center make a little device that uses CO2 cartridges to safely unload black powder firearms - basically you insert the tapered needle on the device into the nipple or touch hole of the gun, and then squeeze the actuator of the device which releases compressed gas to push the load from the muzzle. Unfortunately these devices cost around $60 or so, Otherwise the standard approach to removing a ball would be to use a wooden or brass cleaning rod designed to take screw attachments along with a bullet-removing screw. This is essentially just a coarse threaded screw that you screw into the lead ball by turning the rod as you push gently. Pure lead balls, as generally used in muzzleloaders, should be quite easy to screw into. Once the screw is firmly seated, you pull on the rod to extract the ball. This should work fine for a standard patched ball or similar. If someone has jammed an over-size ball down the bore it may be more of a problem, as if the ball is excessively tight in the bore, the screw may simply tear out of the soft lead. These are the two basic methods - gas ejector or extractor screw on a rod.

Why does Gun Powder explode when Ignited?

Actually, it doesn't explode, it just burns quickly in a smoky flash. Now if it's COMPRESSED, or otherwise packed into a confined space, then it EXPLODES. 
Traditional gunpowder is a mixture of very finely ground wood ash (hickory is considered best for its porosity) and a nitrate substance, such as saltpeter. This mixture is extremely flammable, and explosive if compressed.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Changes for Whitetail Woods?

It's been awhile since my last post. I've been struggling for sometime now as some of you might have heard but it doesn't mean I'm down.

There is a small glimmer of hope on the horizon and it's promising so far. So the future? What is in the future? Well medically unfortunately I see a lot of medications and shots. I've been played a crappy deal but I'm gonna do my best to not totally ruin things. It has slowed me down considerably though which brings me to my next statement.

I'm giving up deer hunting! First I had to sell the one and only gun I had for hunting and second, I physically just can't make it around the woods anymore. I did not come to this decision lightly, I've had a lot of sleepless nights thinking about it.

Deer hunting has been my life my passion my inspiration for the past 20+ years. I still will post about the whitetail deer just maybe not so much. As you know I have another interest which is shooting cap and ball revolvers of the 1800's. I really like that time period.

So as I mend my finances and make changes to blog content I honestly hope that you all who follow my blog keep doing so. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

My Great Great Grandfather

Let me start by saying my great great grandfather was actually from Vermont but at the time there was no place in Bermont to enlist so he rode over to New Hampshire to enlist.
Leander Allen Private of the Union Army

Leander Allen fought in the United States Civil War for the Union Side. He was listed as being from New Hampshire. He was a Private in company K in the 1st New Hampshire Cavalry.

After enlistment it gets sketchy because new regiments were formed due to high battle losses and and there is some mention of the 1st. Rhode Island Calvary and the 1st. New England Calvary. As I try to do some research I hope to fill in some gaps in his history.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

ASM 1858 Remington ready for Action

Success at last, when I replaced the nipples in my ASM 1858 Remington New Model Army I had one that just would not budge. It was frozen for sure but this morning I wanted to try and free it so I could have all six new instead of just five.

Finally got it to pop free. 

So now with all six replaced the only other issue was a nipple wrench. What I came up with was I took a dremel tool and did a little minor modification so the wrench will fit the ASM nipples better but still be able to use the same wrench on my Pietta nipples.

Here she is ready to shoot.