Update Sept 14 2013
Best day of shooting I have had so far.
19 Shots. All hit the target. Good times!
Charleville Update V2
Today I stepped up to the big boy table and shot the 50 yard range for the first time. Very happy with the results. Started off hot. Below is the result of four shots–one missed the paper all together, and the other three were good enough to drop a lobsterback at 50 yards.
As the day continued, things went downhill a bit. One would assume that as the fouling builds up, a tighter fitting ball would increase accuracy, but no. I struggled with my flints most of the afternoon and as a result, my accuracy suffered after a number of misfires. Next time I will be sure to hit the range with at least a couple of new sharp flints. Here I am firing above the target:
Thanks to Greg Clark for the colorful commentary here (I would write something snarky about him if he wasn’t 6’5″ and quite the marksmen)
As usual, Saturday evenings I listen to the Braves on the radio while cleaning my Charleville. All clean and ready to go.
Bill Bahr said:
Interesting blog! For your Charleville musket firing and cleaning concerns, you may want to check out: http://www.bahrnoproducts.com/Charleville_Firing_and_Cleaning.htm Feedback welcome!
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Bill Bahr said:
Great find which I just mentioned on my Charlesville website above. While Washington’s troops at Yorktown used a bore #19 ball (19 balls per pound) with .643 caliber for their Charlevilles, this size ball is hard to find. G. Eddie May has sold .648 caliber (16 gauge shotgun) round balls for the great price of 20 cents each (postage extra). You can contact Eddie for current pricing for this and other sizes at 706-581-8225. Eddie’s mailing address is 159 Ridley Rd, Chatsworth, GA 30705-5757. Fire away!!