Blackpowder shooting

  • DP Missouri River Hawken meets the sabot
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    The Capandball guys are testing Pedersoli guns again. They took one of our Missouri River Hawkens to the range to test it with plastic sabot bullest. Hunting loads of course. Check their report. Happy to see that our traditional rifle performs well with modern bullet concepts as well.

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  • Duelist1954 shooting the Pedersoli Charleville 1766 musket
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      Here is another YouTube review of one of our firearms, the 1766 Charleville musket. This film is made by Mike "duelis1954" Beliveau, author of the Guns of the Old West magazine.  Nice job Mike! Many thanks for the review!  

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  • Why not to use unproofed reproduction firearms?
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    A friend of mine just found this interesting article about why not to use repros that are not manufactured with high quality standards. You may know that ALL Italian manufactured reproduction must pass the CIP proofing process. This technically means that all of the bores manufactured in Italy must go through high pressure shooting tests. And what is the opposit? Read this article, and think why we are prod to see the CIP proofes on our pistols and rifles....

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  • Lock time differences from hangonne to caplock
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    Here is a series of slow motion videos by Capandball showing the difference between the ignition times of different muzzleloading iginition systems. Of course, it depends on the quality of the lock, the quality of the priming powder, and the size and placement of the flash hole. But it is clearly visible that the the caplock fires nearly immediately, while all the other iginition systems have a short delay. The videos are filmed with 400 frame per sec and slowed down to 50%.  

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  • What makes a percussion revolver shoot straight?
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    Did you ever wonder what makes a percussion revolver shoot straight? What is the difference between a cheap and a more expensive repro? Well, here are the answer you are looking for. When I decided to start blackpowder shooting, I knew I want a percussion revolver. All my experienced shooter friends told me to start with a single shot percussion pistol or rifle to learn the basics, but I guess blackpowder shooting isn't really about logical decisions so I bought my first 1858 New Model Army...

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  • 100 with a Pedersoli Mortimer Target .54 rifle
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    Here is pic we received from Hungary, From Balazs Nemeth. He shot this excellent group with his Pedersoli Mortimer rifle at a 50 m offhand (MLAIC Pennsylvania)  practice session practicing for the World Championships. His load was 49 grains of Swiss No. 3 + 18 grains corn meal + .535 roundball with 0.38 spit patch.  Don't know if it is 100 or 99, but it's an excellent group for sure.

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  • The story of the 1857 Württembergischen rifle
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    Not too much is known about the history of this excellent rifle. It is often called the „frontloading Mauser”, or „1857 Mauser”. Well these names are all wrong. Let me tell you the story of this rifle briefly, and you'll see why. In the early 1850-s Germany still did not exist. Following the fall of Napoleon a loose confederation of 39 sovereign Germanic states was created. This confederacy was called the Deutscher Bund. Prussia and the Hapsburg Empire were rivals to gain control of this...

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  • Bullet casting in easy steps
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    Safety The melting point of lead is very low. It melts at 327,5 Celsius, and starts to evaporate strongly at 500 Celsius. The gases create lead-oxids with the air.  Lead can enter your body if you inhale the gases or the dust of the lead oxids or through the digestive system. Small amount can also enter your body through your skin, but this is only an evanescent quanitity. So I strongly recommend you to keep these simple rules: Always wear eye protection, a shirt with long sleeves, and...

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  • Trapper shooting with the Pedersoli Jäger rifle
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    A new short video is posted about living history wekends, trapper shooting by the Capandball guys.  Shooting muzzleloading rifles to various distances from 40-150 meters offhand, without modern shooting gear is a great challenge. The shooter - Balazs - chose one of our Pedersoli Jäger flintlock rifles for these events and for hunting as well. Enjoy the video!   [gallery link="file" ids="128,129,130,131,132,133,134,135"]

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  • 17 simple rules of percussion revolver accuracy
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    Always do everything the same way. While developing your load change only one element one time. Limit your load to the lightest possible still giving a tight group. Use corn meal filler to lift the ball to the level of the mouth of the chamber. Use the same volume of corn meal in all the chambers. Slug your bore and use a ball matching the groove to groove diameter of your bore. Slug your chambers: it should size the ball close to your groove to groove diameter. Slug...

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  • 23rd Annual Matthew Quigley Buffalo Rifle Match review
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    [caption id="attachment_111" align="alignnone" width="474"] Dean Andvik, Kindred, ND, winner of the Pedersoli Quigley rifle[/caption] We are really proud that we can support such excellent sportshooting events like the 23rd Annual Matthew Quigley Buffalo Rifle Match held June14-15, 2014 in Forsythe, MT. These people keep the spirit of those great old times alive. Please let me share with you the letter of Mr. Buz Coker, director of the Match.   "Dear Mr. Pedersoli, I would like to thank...

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  • Short range target load for a Pedersoli 45/70 bore
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    I am just preparing for the weekend with some low recoil 50 meters loads for my Pedersoli Rolling Block 45/70 rifle for offhand shooting. I loaded 28 cartridges with 34 grains of 3Fg Swiss powder + 25 grains of semiola + a cardboard wad + a 405 grain Lyman flat point bullet sized to .458". Overall cartridge length: 68,77 mm, no crimp, fire formed cases. Lube is my soft lube with 0W40 engine oil + besswax + tallow. I usally shoot heavier bullets (Lyman Postel) with heavier loads (55 grains...

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