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Chunk gun for the York Shoot

Postby Wobblyshot1 » Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:48 am

Will have to do this year.
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Tried her out Saturday and I think I found the sweet spot. This is a four shot group at fifty yards. The York is shot at sixty yards so I'm going to have to back up and try it again.
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Re: Chunk gun for the York Shoot

Postby 451LRML » Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:58 pm

One can't be discouraged with that, good shooting.
What are the load details?
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Re: Chunk gun for the York Shoot

Postby Wobblyshot1 » Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:09 am

451LRML wrote:One can't be discouraged with that, good shooting.
What are the load details?


Thank you.
As mentioned in my other thread the Douglas barrel is caliber .45 with a 1 turn in 66" twist. The balls were cast by me and weighed. The one's that produced this group were all within a 1/2 grain. The ball diameter is .445 and patched with .020 ticking. The patches are moistened with a mixture of auto windshield washing solution with a little 100% neatsfoot oil added. It has to be shaken before applying because the oil is not water soluble. I loaded using 80 grains volume of 2Fg GOEX black powder with the patch being cut at the muzzle. I wiped between shots with one moist front and back and the one dry front and back.
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Re: Chunk gun for the York Shoot

Postby Smo » Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:02 pm

Very nice group. Good Luck in the competition.
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Re: Chunk gun for the York Shoot

Postby Stykbow » Sun Feb 19, 2017 6:16 pm

So, um, I'm gonna show my ignorance here. What is a chunk gun? Is it just slang for a ML or is it completely different?


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Re: Chunk gun for the York Shoot

Postby Wobblyshot1 » Mon Feb 20, 2017 1:07 pm

Stykbow wrote:So, um, I'm gonna show my ignorance here. What is a chunk gun? Is it just slang for a ML or is it completely different?


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The matches are also sometimes referred to as an over the log shoot. The log/etc. is a "chunk" that the muzzle end of your "chunk gun" is rested upon. The gun can be any ML rifle(open iron sights) with traditional ignition. The dedicated ones are heavy and long barreled. The chunk does not necessarily have to be a log but a small wooden platform such as a short section of 4x4 on legs. These matches are fired from a prone position. I hope this helps but sometimes it may be a little difficult to understand what's going on without seeing it. I posted this link on the York shoot thread about chunk gun shooting but you may have missed it.

http://www.muzzleblasts.com/archives/vo ... 32-1.shtml
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Re: Chunk gun for the York Shoot

Postby Stykbow » Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:51 pm

Wobblyshot1 wrote:
Stykbow wrote:So, um, I'm gonna show my ignorance here. What is a chunk gun? Is it just slang for a ML or is it completely different?


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The matches are also sometimes referred to as an over the log shoot. The log/etc. is a "chunk" that the muzzle end of your "chunk gun" is rested upon. The gun can be any ML rifle(open iron sights) with traditional ignition. The dedicated ones are heavy and long barreled. The chunk does not necessarily have to be a log but a small wooden platform such as a short section of 4x4 on legs. These matches are fired from a prone position. I hope this helps but sometimes it may be a little difficult to understand what's going on without seeing it. I posted this link on the York shoot thread about chunk gun shooting but you may have missed it.

http://www.muzzleblasts.com/archives/vo ... 32-1.shtml


I know exactly what you're talking about now. Thanks for the explanation.


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Re: Chunk gun for the York Shoot

Postby Wobblyshot1 » Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:00 am

Had a great time in Pall Mall this past weekend. Unfortunately I only thought I'd found the sweet spot and finished a ways down. There was 168 shooters and the weather was fine except it was a tad windy. I'm told the match is held on the spot where Alvin and his friends use to shoot their muzzleloaders. Also the shooting match with Gary Cooper in the movie "Sargeant York" was filmed here.
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Re: Chunk gun for the York Shoot

Postby 451LRML » Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:29 pm

Congrats, my friend Randy G. said he placed 11th.
I was shooting in a 2-day LRML match at Oak Ridge, seems a lot of ML shooting in TN this past weekend.
It's more about the people and camaraderie than the shooting, shooting well is just an added bonus.
We both had fun and enjoyed ourselves.
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Re: Chunk gun for the York Shoot

Postby Wobblyshot1 » Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:48 pm

I heard a fellow talking about the long range match at Oak Ridge. Now that's another discipline of muzzle loading shooting that I could get interested in.

You are right about the fun and camaraderie. Did you all have a good turnout? If its an open shoot I'd like to come down sometime, if nothing more than to witness.
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Re: Chunk gun for the York Shoot

Postby 451LRML » Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:20 pm

We had 29 which 30 is about the norm, this was the 30th match over 2 decades. This year we had Two from Canada and one from SD who probably traveled the farthest including shooters from 14 other states.
Yes, it's open, but most find watching quite dull.
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