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05-08-2006, 11:43 PM
I bought a traditions .50 caliber percushion "rifle" at the club shoot & raffle sunday. A previous owner had circumsized the barrel to 14" from the nipple to the muzzle. I don't believe it was shot since, as there is a burr on the outside AND inside of the muzzle. I remember some stories about Traditions being unsafe to shoot with heavy loads. ??? Any way the guy dropped the price to 5 bucks,so I bought it ! Expensive for a tomato stake but some of the stuff the wife hangs on the walls is much costlier!

Old Ironsights
05-09-2006, 09:40 AM
#1 - Those stories are just stories... unless by "Heavy" you mean 150gr+ loads, which no sidelock is really designed to handle. 80-100gr FF is more than plenty to whack a deer and is "safe" in almost any ML - even genuine Period barrels.

#2 - Recrown the barrel and you will have a neat brush "carbine" to play with. Probably won't win any accuracy trophies, but it should hold "Minute of Deer or Hog" with 80gr & PRB at 75yds.

#3 - depending on the twist/depth of rifling try a 360gr MinnieBall. Most 1/48 "modern" barrels seem to really like a pure lead minnie. Again, 80 - 100gr FF.

05-09-2006, 01:15 PM
If the lock is servicable, fit it with a new barrel. Green Mountain makes them in many calibers, lengths, and thicknesses and they are accurate to the extreme.

05-09-2006, 09:22 PM
Never throw anything away until you've tried it at least once. You can probably cut the stock and turn it into a pistol worst case.

Old Ironsights
05-10-2006, 09:08 AM
Never throw anything away until you've tried it at least once. You can probably cut the stock and turn it into a pistol worst case.

You mean like This:


When it can become this: :drinks:


That's a 12ga/.73 Howda BTW. Made for scraping Tigers off of Elephants. :twisted:

OR, you could do this:


Gotta love Muzzleoladers. NFA & GCA'68 just don't apply! :twisted:

05-10-2006, 05:35 PM
Well your first pic looked like a *** and I thought you were screwing with me ... but nice firearms. You don't know what you have 'till you break it and put it all back together again!

05-10-2006, 10:55 PM
You can try dixiegunworks for parts. They sell all kinds of BP stuff including parts for Muzzel loaders as well as BP cartridge guns and assesorries!

05-10-2006, 11:35 PM

05-13-2006, 06:55 AM
...............My my but that double percushion pistol is a handsome dude! What was the doner? I betcha it's a handfull. Anyway, it appears cleaner to me then the short double with the intact buttstock. That one, while attractive seems unbalanced appearing to my eye.


Old Ironsights
05-15-2006, 11:48 AM
The doner was that pile of Navy Arms 12ga parts.

So far I'm pushing .690 RB in paper cartridges over 50gr 3F.

Not quite my old .454 loads (350grWFN/31grH110 @ 2200ftlbs) but nice all the same.