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Muzzle loading flintlock shotgun

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Jameson
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Muzzle loading flintlock shotgun

Post by Jameson » Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:05 am

I have a very old, unsure of the brand, muzzle loading flintlock 12G shotgun that is very close to new condition. Are these old types of firearms still a viable option for small game hunting eg. rabbits, or are they to old and unreliable.

I would be good to hear some genuine opinions from anyone who may still use or has used flintlock muzzle loading firearms.



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Re: Muzzle loading flintlock shotgun

Post by Keith » Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:13 pm

Jameson wrote:
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:05 am
I have a very old, unsure of the brand, muzzle loading flintlock 12G shotgun that is very close to new condition. Are these old types of firearms still a viable option for small game hunting eg. rabbits, or are they to old and unreliable.

I would be good to hear some genuine opinions from anyone who may still use or has used flintlock muzzle loading firearms.
They are a very viable option Jameson, in fact I prefer a flintlock for long term wilderness living/survival over a modern firearm.

I have been using a flintlock for many years now for supplying meat for the family table. You need more skill to use a flintlock, but once you have learnt the ins & outs you will be fine.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Rb0s3YAGOA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRCmtb5mnBU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wO3mxSgATm4&t=4s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shCnZMwFN3A
Advantages of a Flintlock Muzzle-loader.
1) Ammo is less expensive than a modern equivalent calibre firearm.
2) The smoothbore is very versatile, being able to digest round ball, bird shot, & buckshot, or any combination of two of these (can also use minies/conical slugs).
3) The fusil is lighter to carry than a modern equivalent sized gun.
4) You can vary the load if needs be.
5) The smoothbore will digest other projectiles besides lead.
6) Lead can be retrieved from downed game & remoulded with a simple mould & lead ladle. This means that you can carry less lead, & more of the lighter gunpowder.
7) You can make your own gunpowder.
8) You can use the lock to make fire without using gunpowder.
9) You can use gunpowder for gunpowder tinder fire lighting if needs be.
10) IF the lock should malfunction (these are very robust & it is not likely) you can easily repair it if you are carrying a few spare springs & a few simple tools.
11) If you do not have any spare parts & the lock malfunctions, you can easily convert it to a tinderlock or matchlock & continue using it.
12) You do not need a reloader, brass shells, caps, or primers. The latter have been known to break down in damp conditions or if they are stored for too long.
13) Wadding for ball or shot is available from natural plant materials or homemade leather or rawhide.
14) Less chance of being affected by future ammunition control legislation.
15) Gunpowder is easily obtainable providing you have a muzzle-loader registered in your name regardless of calibre (NSW).
16) A .32 caliber flintlock rifle is more powerful than a .22 rimfire, less expensive to feed, more accurate over a greater distance, able to take small & medium sized game, & other than not being able to use shot (unless it is smoothbore), it has all the attributes of the other flintlocks. For larger game you can load with conical slugs, which of course you can make yourself in the field.
17) Damage from a .62 calibre or .70 calibre pistol or long arm is in the extreme. Wounded prey is unlikely to escape.
18) By using buck & ball you are unlikely to miss your target. This load is capable of taking out more than one target.
19) There is less kick-back to a muzzle-loading gun.
20) Antique Flintlock muzzle-loading guns do not require a license, registration, or a permit to purchase in NSW Australia.

If I can ever be of any help Jameson, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Regards, Keith.


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