Blackpowder shooting

  • Terminal ballistics of the 19th century 45/70 cartridge
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    One of our rifles in action at the Capandball YouTube channel. The 45/70 cartridge is loaded with black powder and a heavy 520 grain lead bullet. Here is a sketch about the ballistic capabilities of the low velocity heavy bullets of the 19th century buffalo hunting era. Fired from one of our 1874 Sharps Sporting rifles fitted with our 6 power Malcom scope.

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  • Shooting an original 18th century flintlock short rifle
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    This short video is leading us back to the early days of European flintlock rifle hunting.  The story of a short rifle or "Stutz" made in Bayern or Austria sometime in the 1740s. These rifles were designed with the mounted hunter in mind. Large calibre rifled bore with an elegant waterproof flintlock. What else do you need for a great day at the shooting range?  

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  • Muskets and light infantry fire
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    Capandball has just recently published a video series about two iconic muskets of the Napoleonic wars: the 1777 French and the 1798 Austrian musket. The 3 part series introduces their development, history and basic differences and similarities. The 3rd part is about the accuracy of the original service charges. He is using one of our repros in this part to do the heavy load testing.

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  • Tirailleurs, muskets, Napoleonic wars - a new Capandball film series
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    I am pretty sure that we all love flintlock muskets. Not because they are the most accurate weapons, but because they are just extreme fun to shoot. The Capandball YouTube cahnnel just started a series about the muskets of the Napoleonic wars, concentrating on the French 1777 and the Austrian 1798 muskets. And I am pretty sure that our muskets will have a part in this project... So if you are interested in Napoleonic times musketry and firearms history, you'll enjoy this series.

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  • Smokeless powder in a muzzleloader? Iraqveteran8888 does the test so you don't have to!
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    Now this is really interesting stuff. YouTube hero Iraqveteran8888 pushes the blackpowder rifle to its limits to show you how important it is to keep the safety regulations. Remember: never ever load any smokeless or unidentified powder in your muzzleloading gun!

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  • Extreme accuarcy: Pedersoli Missouri River Hawken meets saboted bullets
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    Another excellent article by Toby Bridges: "In a roundabout manner, NORTH AMERICAN MUZZLELOADER HUNTING played a bit of a role in the introduction of the 1-in-24 twist .50 caliber Missouri River Hawken rifle.  At the 2005 and 2006 SHOT Shows, I had made it a point to pay the Davide Pedersoli & Co. display a visit...to kind of keep up on what the company had new, and to visit with my old friend Pierangelo Pedersoli - who now runs that gunmaking operation.  A few years earlier, working with...

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  • Buck and ball vs Minié ball vs single ball cartridges of the American Civil War
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    Another interesting experiment from the Capandball guys. This time they compare the accuracy of the single ball and buck and ball cartridges fired from a smooth bore musket versus the accuracy of the Springfield rifle musket loaded with a Minié ball cartridge. Just fun to watch! Capandball is replacing an original Harper's Ferry musket with a Pedersoli 1798 Austrian, so we also have our share from the show. :)

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  • Pedersoli Charles Moore: Gold medal at the MLAIC Pacific Zone Championships
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    Dear All, Here is a short report form an excellent shooter from Argentina: Mr. Andres Gelfo. Andres score a beautiful 98 in Kuchenreuter pistol event with one our Charles Moore percussion pistols. Here is his report wit many useful info: Well done Andres! Congratulations for the excellent results! "For the last years I have been a shooter of standard , sport pistol and centre fire pistol. In each of these disciplines I have been national champion in my country Argentina. I also been...

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  • 46 medals won with Pedersoli guns at the European Championships
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    A week has passed since the muzzle loading guns went silent in Barcelos, Portugal closing the MLAIC European Championships of this year. 230 shooters gathered from all around Europe to celebrate historical shooting. We were there also of course, and it was so good to see all the enthusiasm the black powder shooters share. Muzzle loading is our language of communication and we are all happy and lucky we can speak it. The exceptional performance of the shooters amazes us each time we see them...

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  • The new Pedersoli Whitworth rifle
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    Some good news to post: we have just started the production of the iconic long range military target rifle of the mid 19th century. Sir Joseph Whitworth, an excellent engineer experimented with various rifling methods to extend the range of the muzzle loading rifle muskets. In the 1850s he designed a small calibre fast twist hexagonal bore rifle, that started the age of long range sport shooting as well. This rifle proved extremely effective in the hands of the Confederate sharpshooters...

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  • 2000 m shot with a Pedersoli Gibbs .45 long range target rifle
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    Our Gibbs rifle has been successful in international long range shooting matches for many years. A shooter friend of us now took the performance of this rifle to a higher level. Replicating a legendary shot, Johan van Wyk from South Africa seized the challenge to test his own and the rifle's capabilities at 2 km distance. Here is the report of the shot from Lee Shaver: "Hi Guys, I received this email today from a customer friend of mine in South Africa. He had been in contact with me several...

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  • The most accurate way of measuring your powder charges
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    How to measure blackpowder accurately? That’s an interesting question for all of us blackpowder shooters I think. And the answer is sometimes controversial. Some say measuring by weight is the only accurate way, and measuring only by volume is the evidence of a careless shooter. I believe that the truth is somewhere in the middle. [caption id="attachment_350" align="alignnone" width="474"] Adjustable measure: quick and handy way of measuring the powder charges. A fine range companion, but...

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