Shooting the Black Powder Cartridge Rifle

Shooting the Black Powder Cartridge Rifle

by Paul Matthews



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781879356382
Publisher: Wolfe Publishing Company AZ
Publication date: 01/28/1994
Pages: 129
Product dimensions: 60.00(w) x 90.00(h) x 5.00(d)

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Black cartridge rifle shooting is one of the fastest growing shooting sports in the United States today. And why not? When you look at the shooters involved in this activity and talk to them for a few minutes, you soon discover they are a breed apart from all the others. They neither seek nor do they want an arms race within their ranks. Far from that, their endeavor is to use a rifle, sighting equipment and ammunition typical of that used in the last three decades of the nineteenth century. And this they do with an expertise that equals and sometimes surpasses that of the last century.

Many times I have read accounts of almost unbelievable shots made by the buffalo and meat hunters of the last century - deer at 500 yards and Billy Dixon's famous shot at Adobe Walls that later proved by surveying instruments to be over 1300 yards. An equal number of times I have read statements by modern day gunscribes claiming that such marksmanship was the figment of imagination. It didn't happen because few shooters today can duplicate such feats even with modern rifles and the best of scopes and ammunition.

To these writers I say you haven't done your homework! You haven't bellied down behind the cross-sticks and fired at the metallic ram 500 meters (547 yards) distant using a vintage rifle with outside hammer, a black powder cartridge and a long, heavy bullet guided by iron sights. Nor have you taken this same rifle and ammunition and fired over the cross-sticks at a paper target 1000 yards distant.

Table of Contents

1 The Black Powder Cartridge Rifle1
2 The Black Powder Cartridge23
3 Bullets,Barrel Twist and Stability41
5 Sights and Sighting 75
6 On the Firing Line101
7 Practice 119
8 The Heritage125

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