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frontiergander 03-04-2011 10:05 PM

Blackhorn209 in my Sidelock
Got my small upgrade in today for my sidelock. Its hard as heck getting #11s here and plus my powder doesnt work with them so i ordered a 209 adapter and got it in today. I havent shot this rifle much since i traded for it, but its a cva mountain stalker .54cal 1:48 twist.
Loaded up with 70gr blackhorn209 and a 295gr powerbelt hollow point, shes ready to rock n roll tomorrow morning!
Ive only fired it twice today but ignition was instant and recoil very sharp. Rifle weighs 5lbs 10oz and so that powerbelt really picks up a bit more recoil over the round ball.

I am going to start off with powerbelts first as they are easier to use in the snow. I will switch back to .530 round balls as they are mainly what i will use in this rifle with the blackhorn powder.

deerless 03-05-2011 10:02 AM

Looks like a nice rifle, I love the look of sidelocks. Personally i do not own one but my father in law hunts with nothing but. Why did you modernize something that is meant to be used in a more traditional way?

frontiergander 03-05-2011 11:22 AM

i only shoot blackhorn209 and it requires a 209 ignition. If they'd had it in the old days, they'd have used it!

they went from match lock to wheel lock, to flintlock, to percussion. And had 209 primers been available back then, they'd have used it.

Muley 03-05-2011 11:35 AM

The point is........they weren't.

frontiergander 03-05-2011 12:58 PM

I got a total of 7 shots though the Mag spark, on my 3rd shot today i got a hang fire, took the rifle inside so i could remove the adapter and see if maybe the flash hole was plugged up. Got the tool, went to unscrew the cap head and went, what the hell?!!!
Heres some pics. This is nothing but poor quality stainless steel for this to happen. The metal is way to damn thin in the area where it blew out.

Someones ears are going to be ringings this weekend and then monday morning when i call to find out what the hell they used as far as stainless steel quality.

Muley 03-05-2011 01:33 PM

The traditional gods are getting even with you.

Use BP.:yes:

deerless 03-05-2011 02:34 PM

I agree with you on that one muley. FG I agree with u on the point of using quality powder but if that is your preference maybe you should stick with inlines where that type of ignition is factory and not some rinky dink adapter made to replace a tried and true ignition system.

Hunting Man 03-05-2011 03:42 PM

Tinkering, tinkering.....:thumbdown:

BruceBruce1959 03-05-2011 05:06 PM


Originally Posted by Hunting Man (Post 53248)
Tinkering, tinkering.....:thumbdown:

I agree with HM, too much tampering. :wacko: If a muzzleloader is designed to use #11 caps,, I say, let it use #11 caps,
If you'd rather have 209 ignition you should just order a different Model Ml'er. or take this one to a qualified Gunsmith and let them perform the modifications.

deerless 03-05-2011 05:06 PM

Just an observation but from the looks of the color of the barrel around your ignition point you are sending a lot of heat into the metal. That could possibly be a concern as you may be changing the heat treat of the steel.

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