Category Archives: Muzzleloader

Made A Side Plate For CVA A Muzzleloader

gun build 1 side plateOne of the other things I was missing from my CVA kit was a side plate. So I made one!

To start off with I went through my Track Of The Wolf catalog until I found a side plate I liked. Handily, their parts have life sized pictures.  Then I traced over the side plate and used carbon paper to transfer its outline to a piece of paper.

After I had a good outline that seemed to fit well on the stock I cut it out of a piece of steel then started grinding to a closer fit. In the picture here the plate is still a bit too big. After I drilled the holes in the plate I further trimmed it some to make it fit nicely.

I choose to use steel over the traditional brass for one main reason. I didn’t have any sheets of brass laying around, but I did have steel laying around. Some guns were actually build using steel hardware so its actually not fully incorrect historically. Most importantly, it was good practice for me in building a plate that is the proper size.

Will A Small Siler Lock Replace A CVA Lock?

20150303_182733Recently, I picked up an old project. Building an old kit gun from CVA! The kit was only partially complete–one of the missing pieces was the lock.

While researching more custom gun kits I have come across the Siler lock. I really wanted to put that lock on this gun, but its fit was doubtful given that the stock was pre-inlet for a CVA lock.

Well, despite the questions of fit I decided to give it try. Turns out the lock is a bit longer, but its not as wide. This leaves a little gap both above and below the lock. Not good…however, the lesson learned is the Siler lock that comes with a rectangle lock plate would have worked  with some cutting of the plate. On the other hand if I am able to patch in some wood in the gap area and make it look decent I think it might be nice having a standard Small Siler lock in place.

End Of Flintlock Season

Well, I went all flintlock season without getting a deer. I did see some anyways. Last Saturday I had a doe run within 10 yards of me. I tried to fire, but the pan flashed without setting the gun off. I re-primed and fired into the hill side and then it went off fine. I suspect the foggy air may have had something to do with it. I’ve heard people say that changing the pan powder in wet weather is a good practice–I probably should have been more careful to follow that advice.

Last Day of 2012 Fall Muzzleloader Season

Well, last Saturday I spent most of the day in the woods hunting the last day of the October Muzzleloader season here in Pennsylvania.

In the morning I saw a small buck. In the afternoon I jumped a deer in some brush, but could not get a good look at in. Then when I was driving home after dark I saw three does in a field not to far from where I had been hunting.

Despite the rain on Saturday when I fired my gun on Sunday it went off quite nicely. I give credit to the poor-man’s cow’s-knee a zip-lock plastic back over my lock. It worked.

October Muzzleloader Season

Last Saturday I had a fun opener for the October Muzzleloader season.

I spooked two deer in the morning as I was walking into a field. They were in the woods before I got a chance to really look at them though.

Later in the day I hunted a wooded area that had been mined in the past leaving behind hills and ravines. Later in the afternoon as I walk down to a ravine I saw a deer standing broadside to me at about 100 yards on the opposite side. It was just far enough away that I could not quite make out its head for sure, so it ended up running away before I got a shot at it.

Rut Starting

Here in Washington county where I live now the rut must be just coming in.

Today driving into work I saw a nice buck. I also saw three does in the parking lot at work. Then tonight I saw two more bucks. I see a few deer from time to time, but the high number of bucks is unusual.

Muzzleloader season begins this Saturday even though it is antlerless only I’m looking forwards to it.

Stop Misfires And Prevent Oil Buildup In Muzzleloader’s Breach While Preventing Rust

Poof…Silence. That is the sound of the main charge in a flintlock failing to ignite. When target shooting misfires are an annoyance, but during a hunt a misfire can cause the loss of an opportunity to harvest an animal.

It used to be that I had trouble with misfires in my flintlock when huntin. When I loaded the gun then shot it right away it normally fired good, but when I loaded it and let it set it misfired. I tried WD-40 as an after cleaning oil, which prevented the rust well for a few weeks. I tried regular gun oil, which prevented rust for even longer. However, the problem of misfires still remand.

This year after I cleaned my lock I started sprayed it down with a dry Teflon lubricant. I had switched to the Teflon as the lubricant for the lock, because it completely dries–meaning it will not freeze and slow the lock down in cold weather. One day I realized that the Teflon says on the can that it prevents rust. That time when I cleaned my gun instead of oil I sprayed some Teflon down the muzzle. Then I wet a patch with it and ran that down the barrel a few times.

A week or so later when I got my gun out I ran a patch down and found no rust. I could feel the Teflon on the barrel rubbing off onto the patch as I pushed the patch down.

Next time I took my gun out hunting I used the same after-cleaning procedure. When I got back from the hunt, a few hours later, I discharged my flintlock and it fired good with no hesitation.

Since then I have been exclusively using the Teflon as the inner barrel lubricant and still I find no rust. Also I now have confidence in my gun that it will fire, most of the time, when hunting.

Its not traditional, but it does work. For extended periods of storage it still might be good to use some oil just to be sure there is no rust.

8th Day Of Pennsylvania Flintlock Muzzleloader Season

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A local produce farmer gave me permission to hunt out of his tree-stand. He said that often an eight point and a few does had been seen in that area.

So, that evening I went to his tree-stand for an evening hunt at around 3:30pm. It was cold up there in the tree-stand. I was facing west and there was a snow storm pelting me with snow in my face. Typically I do not use heat packs such as Heat Max Hand Warmers, but my hands were getting so numb that I was afraid I would have trouble getting out of the tree stand. So, I opened up a foot warmer that I had. Some of the foot heat packs are the same as the hand heat packs so if one is on sale it makes no difference to me. It warmed my hands up nice and allowed me to stay in the stand until evening. However, I never saw any deer. The farmer told me later that it was unusual not to see any deer from that stand. Maybe they were waiting the storm out. has a tip that might be useful if you were hunting in a tree stand and hand numb hands, but no heat pack. This article says to “Briskly rotate your arms windmill-style, and quickly swing each leg forward and back.” Its probably going to scare the deer away, but it would be better then losing a finger or falling when you climb down.