Friday, September 19, 2014

Early Autumn

Early Autumn

My most favorite time of the year. The time when the woods just seem to come alive with the hustle and bustle of woodland animals running around preparing for the coming winter.

Most of my fondest memories of this time are from deer hunting season. It's so exhilarating to be in a tree stand with a nip in the air watching and listening to a flock of Canadian geese fly overhead or sitting there and watching chipmunks run up and down a nearby stonewall. Sitting there watching colored leaves float gracefully down to the forest floor.

It's a great time to relax and let your troubles just disappear or at the very least leave your mind long enough to give you pause. That's probably one of the most important reasons why I fell in love with deer hunting. I always looked forward to this time of the year.

I might not hunt anymore but I can still sit back and dream and if I think about it I can close my eyes and smell the freshness in the air. I can close my eyes and picture that buck or a beautiful adult doe feed their way across a ridge top and down to a trickling stream to get a drink.

Friday, September 5, 2014

DuPont Gunpowder

I acquired this old tin sometime ago. Here is some interesting history.

Founded by Eleuthère Irénéé du Pont (1771-1834), the Brandywine River Mills became the largest maker of explosive black powder in the United States. That success resulted directly from the firm's pioneering use of gunpowder processing machinery driven by water wheels and water turbines. Divided into separate buildings to promote safety, its rolling, graining, and glazing mills produced black powder in a range of grades for military, sporting, hunting, construction, mining, and other applications.

From age 16 to 20, Eleuthère Irénéé du Pont had assisted Antoine Lavoisier, chief of the French gunpowder works at Essone (and founder of modern chemistry). After the du Pont family immigrated to the United States from France in 1800. Du Pont immediately put his expertise to work, upon seeing the power quality of American gunpowder used for hunting guns and pistols.

In 1802 he sited and began building the mill along the Brandywine River near Wilmington. In 1803 the mill refined its first saltpeter, and du Pont notified family-friend President Thomas Jefferson and soon received Army contracts for refining saltpeter, followed by substantial orders for gunpowder. Brandywine River Powder Mills produced its first gunpowder in 1803.

Book Review

By: Michael Morgan

I found this book to be easy to read and understand. It also includes a bit of history with it.

Sighting was an important chapter because accuracy has always been a problem, not because of the gun but for myself.

Pretty interesting info about maintenance in this chapter.

I purchased this on Amazon, it's published by Gun Digest and FW Media.

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.