Kunz Flintlock Rifle | He can “Crow” about this Shooting

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A hybrid primitive-style match with paper targets is a hit with regional muzzleloader club

There are quite a few elements to “primitive shooting” with our muzzleloading arms. This involves “loading from the pouch” as an alternative of working with a shooting box. It surely involves working with a patched round ball rather than the modern day elongated bullets. And primitive shooting does include things like working with
targets that are not the common bull’s eye style, and commonly not paper targets.
Even so, my club lately enjoyed a incredibly superior shoot that was primitive in nature, even although all of our targets have been paper and they have been all shot for what we may possibly get in touch with the common “bull’s-eye” score. I want to illustrate how a primitive match can be held although working with paper targets. It is simple and it is a lot of exciting.
A couple of our targets did have scoring rings it is difficult to get away
from that. And the 4 targets I’ll mention have been all posted at 25 yards
for off hand shooting. Each and every of the targets will be described and talked
about as the match is covered.
The rifle I employed in this match was my Kunz-style .50-caliber flintlock
with the 42-inch barrel. This rifle “got fed” with 50-grain charges of GOEX FFFg powder beneath .495-inch Speer swaged balls, which have been wrapped
in .015-inch prelubed patches from Bridgers Very best. The match was for 5
shots at 4 various targets for a total of 20 shots, filling the morning really nicely.
A single point that worked definitely effectively was my rifle’s flint. It was one particular of the English black flints from Track of the Wolf, chosen and place in the gun’s cock just prior to the match began. All 20 shots have been fired without having providing that flint any interest, other than to “check the edge” by feeling its sharpness with my fingertip, very carefully. No knapping was required or needed and my rifle spoke with superior, speedy ignition for all shots fired.

THE Initially TWO targets I posted have been the “turkey” and the “tin can.” I chosen the turkey as my 1st target primarily simply because it seemed to be the biggest, providing me anything that was simple to see. That turkey target also had a white bull’s-eye “aiming point” in the middle. The tin can target was posted subsequent to it.
That turkey target had circular scoring rings that have no relation
to the turkey, other than beginning somewhat in the middle. The scoring
rings do not refer to any kill zone and they essentially ignore the head or heart of the turkey. You could miss the turkey and possibly nevertheless get a score (of six) for that missed shot. If we have been hunting, we would surely take into consideration placing a hit exactly where bagging that turkey would be a rather confident point.
My 1st shot did not give me a “dot in the white,” which I could have observed from the firing line, so I could only guess that it was in the black portion of the turkey. That 1st shot may possibly have been the eight, which hit slightly higher, but that is just a guess. With my second shot, I could see a hit in the white bull’s-eye, which told me to just maintain
goin’ without having any alterations.

Subsequent, OF COURSE, was the “tin can,” which had been posted correct beside my turkey target. This image of the tin can, or “beer can” as it is known as on the target, has scoring lines about it, but our scorekeeper created confident every single shooter understood that only shots that hit the can would be scored. That requires away a lot of the possibilities for earning points and puts us closer to the “hit or miss” circumstances of extra primitive shoots. And that tin can is smaller sized than the typical size, only measuring 2½ inches wide by 4½ inches tall. It is a superior target, for confident, and shooting at it is surely various from shooting at a bull’s-eye target.
Hits couldn’t be observed although shooting at the tin can. At the exact same time, although I was shooting, I couldn’t see any hits “in the white” beside the
can, so that was a superior indication and I just kept shooting. I’d fired 4 of my shots at this target when our scorekeeper known as out to see who wasn’t completed. I had one particular shot to go and the other individuals have been waiting for me to shoot prior to a cease fire would be known as so we could modify our targets.
That definitely didn’t make me hurry but I will often think that the “high 10” on my target was my final shot. When we went forward to modify
our targets, my group on the tin can delighted me, to say the least. My
score of 50-4X was the leading tin can score for the day, but my companion Bob
DeLisle was barely one particular point and one particular “X” behind. We have been each performing some
rather superior shooting, but the match wasn’t more than however.

Throughout THE CEASEFIRE, I pulled my turkey and tin can targets and posted the buffalo and the crow. Like my 1st two targets, these two have been posted side by side and I shot the buffalo 1st.
The buff alo may possibly qualify for getting the most primitive of the targets we employed in this match. The buffalo is black, of course, and it is divided into scoring places, but not scoring rings.
The scoring places are relative to the places exactly where a shot must be placed for a superior kill, if this was on an actual hunt. Like an actual hunting target, there is no aiming point or bull’s-eye on this buffalo. A shooter nevertheless requires to be selective with shot placement, just as if
these shots have been created although hunting.
The most tough target of these 4 was surely the crow. This crow was only 2¾ inches tall by means of the physique, and although it did have scoring rings, the higher score region was not in the middle. The 10-region was slightly forward of the thickest portion of the crow, which meant that the greatest aiming point was not exactly where most of us would automatically hold our sights.

And these scoring rings have been only partial rings only shots that hit
the crow would earn any points. Bob and I each saved this target for final and we shot at our crows at the exact same time. Following I had fired my
1st shot at the crow, Bob signaled to me with his fingers that I had hit slightly higher and to the left.
When I fired my second shot, Bob held two fingers with each other, which means that I had doubled (to shoot by means of or close to the exact same bullet hole) or almost doubled my 1st shot. Following my third shot, Bob held 3 fingers with each other. That went on for all 5 shots and my shooting at the crow target gave me my greatest group of the day. Bob’s crow target was also incredibly superior, with a group that was close in size, if not smaller sized and “better centered” than mine, which gave him two extra points. Bob and I have been the
only shooters who scored more than 40 on this hard target.

Nicely, That is HOW OUR tiny match went. I just wanted to show how a paper target match could lean toward the primitive side of shooting standard muzzleloaders. It is a lot of exciting. Sufficient exciting to be believed of as extra relaxing than stricter bull’s-eye shooting, as effectively as getting inviting sufficient to bring some new shooters into our circle. Let’s hope these “fun matches” bring in some new faces.

STORY AND Pictures BY MIKE NESBITT

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