Category Archives: Blackpowder hunting

Woman shooter’s success with Pedersoli SxS shotgun

Debra Sieloff US shooter proudly informed us about her success in ML shooting:

„I have bought, taught myself to load and shoot your 12g Blackpowder shotgun to much success. I have a number 1 SCI Osceola Turkey for muzzleloader division, and 2 SCI Top Tens, one for muzzleloader Eastern Turkey and one for muzzleloader Merriams turkey. Just thought that I would let you know that it has been a lot of fun. I had a lot of experience with competitive flintlocks, but this was something I wanted to do. Just some feedback on the firing mechanisms. They do clog, and all 3 birds were shot with the second pull. Also, the real black powder works a lot better than synthetic.”

We congratulate Debra on her success, and we wish her similar hunting experiences in the future as well.

SCI Top Ten Merriam's (2016)

SCI No. 11 Eastern (2016)

Shooting With Pedersoli’s 1-in-24 Twist .50 Caliber RB-ML Rifle

While the rifle shown here, the Pedersoli .50 caliber No. 209 primer ignition in-line Rolling Block Muzzleloader, may have a very mid to late 1800’s look to it, this rifle is actually somewhat advanced over the vast majority of other .50 caliber in-line rifle models on the market right now.  And, that would be due to the fact that the rifling twist of this rifle’s bore is a snappy 1-in-24 twist … while every other production run in-line .50 caliber rifle comes with a 1-in-28 rifling twist.

So … What Makes The 1-in-24 Twist So Advanced?

At this point, let’s just say that it has long been my contention that we’ve “outgrown” the 1-in-28 rifling twist.  William “Tony” Knight and I came up with that twist back when both the “ultra modern” in-line rifles and saboted bullet concepts were just getting off the ground, during the mid to late 1980’s.  Ever since, the 1-in-28 twist has become the in-line rifle “Industry Standard” – a standard that was entirely based on stabilizing fairly short .44 and .45 caliber handgun bullets … using a plastic sabot … out of a .50 caliber bore.  Since those days … the bullets favored by modern muzzleloading hunters have changed … and so have powders, now much more energetic than the black powder and Pyrodex loads of the 1980’s and 1990’s.  What hasn’t changed all that much, other than the switch to No. 209 primer ignition, have been the rifles – which are still being produced with the 30-year-old 1-in-28 twist.

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Muzzle loaders endangered by the EU (press release by FACE)

So you think you see a flintlock historical rifle in the picture? You are wrong. According to some EU bureaucrats this is a dangerous tool of evil that has to be banned in the name of the fight against terrorism…

Source of the article:

“The Dutch Presidency proposed to ban Category D and reproductions of antique firearms, currently not regulated at EU level, while obliging sport shooters to join recognized associations.

June 3, 2016, Brussels – In the name of the fight against terrorism and organized crime, the Dutch Presidency proposed to ban reproductions of antique firearms and deleting the entire category D while imposing repressive regulations on sport shooters.

In its last bid to close the deal before the end of the semester and without the slightest consultation, the Dutch Presidency of the Council aimed at hunters by removing from the text of the Firearms Directive the exception for reproductions of antique weapons (single shot firearms loaded from the muzzle), which are used by hunters in some countries, target shooters, collectors, and for historical re-enactments.

The same restrictive approach is adopted against sport shooters with new constraints on the size of the magazines and introducing obligatory membership of a shooting organization and making it conditional to participation to sports competitions.

Who will believe that the removal of the Category D and the prohibition of reproductions of antique firearms will effectively contribute to the fight against organized crime and terrorism? No report highlighted that reproduction of antique firearms constitute a danger for security and society. Criminals using Kalashnikovs and arms dealers who supply terrorists on the black market will not be affected by these new constraints which exclusively hit honest citizens, legal owners of single-shot reproductions of antique firearms.

The ban of reproductions, will have a relevant economic impact, as these firearms are currently sold in many EU Members States namely France, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Estonia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, an important share of the market. This provision will immediately condemn to bankruptcy several small and medium enterprises and jeopardise the jobs of thousands in the EU. The 12 million legal owners will undergo substantial additional constraints, with a proliferation of new administrative procedures.

In addition the Dutch Presidency seeks to move single-shot long firearms with smooth-bore barrels, alarm and signal weapons, deactivated firearms to Category C. This broadening of the scope of Category C is not justified by any criterion of dangerousness and is therefore not acceptable.

The consequences on administrations cannot be determined in the absence of an impact assessment but are likely to trigger the clogging of national registration systems for the coming years and an increase of administrative costs.

For FACE, these unnecessary and draconian measures will provoke the anger of the 12 million law abiding citizens who will be wondering why the EU does not focus on the real public safety issues such as traceability of weapons, their irreversible deactivation and interoperability of databases.”