Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Muzzleloader Storage and Care

 Off-Season storage and maintenance of muzzleloaders is quite often over-looked. Most of my black powder firearms get used on a regular basis as I jump on any chance I can to burn powder. For a growing number  of muzzleloader owners they only get touched a few times a year, maybe taken to the range to verify accuracy and on a few early or late season hunts. There is nothing wrong with using the equipment as you see fit, however out of sight, out of mind is a reality. Your front stuffer can end up in the cabinet or corner loaded from that last late season hunt, or just simply left exposed to humidity. Even a squeaky clean bore can end up with rust if you live in humid climates or do not have expensive safes and dehumidifiers. Read on after the break to see a few tips and reminders for your muzzeloading firearms.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Share your Muzzleloaders

  You have seen a few of our muzzleloaders and read some of the stories behind them. Now its your turn to share your own muzzleloaders and the stories behind them. I love these guns, new or old - modern or traditional they all usually come with a good story! And I am sure some of you have some really interesting or unique guns that we all would love to see and learn about. We will post your pictures, videos and stories here on Southern Muzzleloading.

  To submit a pictures, links and stories simply send an email to or you can contact us on our facebook page. Please check out our facebook page and be sure to click the like button! To see slideshows of our pictures and videos you go to our Multimedia Page.

 We also want to see your comments! There is no sign up and commenting on each page takes only seconds but your feedback and input is invaluable. This site is maintained to promote muzzleloading and help people with everything from the basics of muzzleloading to building and maintaining your own firearms. We have alot of articles, photo's and possibly some videos in the pipeline. We also have some really neat products to give away but the bottom line is we need to hear back from our readers and users. Its not about us it is about you!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Finishing Barrels with Naval Jelly

  During the recent restoration of a muzzleloading shotgun, I noted a problem with attempting to re-finish the barrels with a cold bluing solution. The resulting finish was very thin, prone to wearing with only light contact and was very uneven in color. Needless to say I was very unhappy with this finish and tried other products with equally unsatisfactory results. I was left with barrels in the white. These barrels are not stainless and I had previously flirted with the idea of having the barrels match the hardware. I came across a less commonly used, but very simple finishing technique utilizing phosphoric acid, commonly found as naval jelly or rust remover products at almost any hardware or home improvement stores and even some grocers. This finishing technique is great if you want to preserve a natural metal look.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Gobblers Beware: 4 - Loading a Muzzleloading Shotgun

Muzzleloading Shotgun Loading Supplies
A few basic loading supplies
  Asking how to load a muzzle loading shotgun or smooth-bore is a very open ended question. There is no right way, as that depends largely on your gun and what you plan on using it for. The wide variety of gauges, constructions, lock type, barrel length and choke can all greatly affect a load. The fun of getting range and performance out of a cylinder bore weapon can be both frustrating and rewarding. With so many different shot column combinations and factors if  you have the patience and dedication to put the time in on the range you can tailor your loads to whatever your use may be. The beauty and draw of muzzle loading in general is you can not just load a store bought cartridge and pull the trigger. Every load is custom and finding the one that works for me is half the fun.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Traditions Buckstalker: Reviewing a Budget Brush Muzzleloader

  Traditions Performance Firearms designed the Buckstalker to be a compact and maneuverable firearm that offers many features and quality for a good value. The Buckstalker  I am reviewing is the black synthetic / nickel model with a Traditions Scope Kit. A standard sling and slip on recoil pad was added to aid in comfort and transporting through thick brush. We will cover range performance as well as a few hunting possibilities. Read on to see how the short barreled budget brush gun stacks up!

Friday, February 18, 2011

We want to hear from you!

  This site has been growing fast in a short amount of time. New content is being added every week, sometimes daily when time allows. But we want to get your thoughts, opinions and experiences. Take the time to comment, we have recently made changes that allow for easier posting of comments. Unlike a forum there is no registration needed, just look for the comment box at the end of each post and most pages on the site. Pages like the Guide will not grow as fast as it could without input on what we are missing! The toolbar at the bottom allows for quick and easy access to Facebook, RSS, Contact information and more!

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 Today we also added a multimedia section with photos and videos that will expand as we continue to grow. Keep checking back as we will also be giving away some really neat and useful stuff for all you muzzleloading junkies out there!