By: Mr. X, Survivalist
Today I want to talk to you about hunting, and not just hunting, but hunting with a black powder rifle; and not only hunting with a black powder rifle, but hunting with a black powder rifle that you have built yourself! The first black powder gun that I ever owned came in the form of a Connecticut Valley Arms .36 Navy Revolver kit that my dad bought for me at the the local VAL store.
I can remember opening this styrofoam box and finding chunks of raw white metal, roughly milled bronze, and chipped wood that loosely resembled the parts of a gun and which required six months of TLC to form a working firearm from. The end result was hours of shooting fun and the exhibition of God’s love and mercy in the form of his preventing me from actually killing myself. Years later when I received the above pictured .54 Thompson Center Hawken Rifle, the two made a complimentary pair of primitive weaponry that accompanied me on many youthful forays into the wilderness. These kits can still be had and the adventure still relived from places such as Dixie Gun Works, a catalog from which can be easily found online. Here are three really good reasons to learn to hunt with primitive weapons.
- You only get one shot. You’d be surprised at how much more cautious it makes you when you only get a chance to shoot once and then go through a three step process to reload. I can remember shooting for hours with my muzzleloader and only just getting it sighted in. You really learn to appreciate your shot.
- You can really improvise your ammunition. With a muzzleloader you don’t have to be a chemist to learn how to get black powder, it can actually be made in the wilds with the right substances. Ok, being a chemist would help immensely but it isn’t necessary.
- There is less chance of accidental discharge. Since the cartridges are actually broken down to three different components, the chance of accidental discharge is slim, especially since it’s obvious if it’s loaded or not.