04/02/2006 Shoot at Worcester Rifle and Pistol

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Here are pics from todays gathering at WR&P. Movies soon to be uploaded and linked.



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Cross-X said:
I needed to find a way to beat Derek.








It didn't work!

[rofl] The first time I beat you in about ten attempts. I think I'm 0 for 6 on the pins VS you... [angry]

But I'm practicing, I'm drinking milk, and when I grow up, I will beat you on the pins! [smile]
 
Dave, the owner of AAA Guns in West Springfield, told me essentially the same thing.

He said I should drop in a bullet, fill the chamber to the top with powder, and let 'er rip!

Dave said the Sharps action is quite strong.

Now I just need to get a trigger job done.

Great little rifle!
 
derek said:
And an absolute blast to shoot. I broke my BP cherry today!!! [smile]

And you'll never be the same, luv. [wink] (and I fixed "my" in the quote. [smile] )

C-X - thought it was. I've shot one during a re-enactment (powder only - the Yanks get upset when we actually load a ball in to it. [laugh] ) Very nice.
 
Cross-X said:
Dave, the owner of AAA Guns in West Springfield, told me essentially the same thing.

He said I should drop in a bullet, fill the chamber to the top with powder, and let 'er rip!

Dave said the Sharps action is quite strong.

Now I just need to get a trigger job done.

Great little rifle!

BTW - what are you using for powder?
 
I've been thinking about getting into BP. But I know that I'm going to have to drive up to Kittery to get real BP. Because I'm just that way...I don't know why, but I am. Hell, I still shave with a double edged razor, soap, and brush.
 
I bought my Sharps on a spur-of-the-moment whim at the last Marlboro gun show, and I'm happy I did.

The only PITA is cleaning the son of a gun. That blackpowder sure is black and hellish to clean, even with special blackpowder solvents and a ton of patches and rags.

It took two sessions, one at the range, and one last night on my screen porch, to get it done right. Sheesh!

If there is a trick to cleaning blackpowder rifles, I'd sure like to hear it.
 
I hear just soaking it in your sink. I guess that they have pumps that go over the nipple and you just suck the soapy water through. I guess that they say that BP is one of the easiest to clean because you only need soapy water. No fancy solvents.
 
C-pher said:
I hear just soaking it in your sink. I guess that they have pumps that go over the nipple and you just suck the soapy water through. I guess that they say that BP is one of the easiest to clean because you only need soapy water. No fancy solvents.

No, no, no! Everybody knows that sinks and soap are for Glocks. [rofl]
 
I clean my BP by taking the wood stock off, placing the breech end of the barrel in the sink, and using the hand sprayer on the sink to fill the barrel with water. As hot as it comes out of the sink. Let it run out of the nipple, and repeat until the water comes out clear. Oil all the surfaces, and a patch with oil down the barrel and it's done!

Hot water is apparently the most effective way to clean BP residue. I've tried the BP solvents, but plain water seems to work the best.

Sometimes, on days when I have fired it quite a bit, I will put a couple drops of Dawn dish liquid in the barrel after the first run with clean water, then flush until there are no more suds.

Adam
 
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