Today I got my .45 percussion Hawken Woodsman from Dikar. I bought it in used condition. The barrel is a bit rusty inside and the blueing a bit flat, but all in all a nice handy rifle for bad weather to hunt for roedeer and red fox.
I finally hung my Hawkens on the wall today. I hung a framed colored print of a hunt scene below it with the hunter dropping his muzzleloader and drawing his knife on a bear. (That was my wife's idea. She's got good taste).
Tested a bit around with the little baby and expected that I had to do some sighting in. So I hang up a paper target at 40 yds and made 2 shots with .440 PRB, lubed 0,25mm patch, 90 grs WANO PP, spittled wad. And to my surprise the 2 shots i made were center and nearly hole in hole. So I stop the sighting and went hunting at once. Frm my ground blind I saw a badger, but he crossed to fast, so no shooting possible. When going back to the car I saw a roe doe on the trail. Now it was do dark for open sight.
I must admit that I have missed a big game animal with a rifle. And not only was it a bull elk, it was the largest bull that I have had in my sights with a tag in my hand. But, as with most "missed shot" stories, I have an excuse. Moisture doesn't really ever bode well for hunting equipment. When moisture (either rain or snow) gets into a firearms barrel, nothing good takes place. A couple rain drops down there can change the point of impact drastically and a barrel jammed with snow after a...