EDIBLES - RECIPES - CAMP EQUIPAGE
Buck's objective for this column has been to provide you with correct edibles for your persona, with period name reference to today's terminology of the same or similar product.
This issue it was decided to go over the basics for a safe and enjoyable new season. You will note that we have started with safety, a good reminder for the newbee or the seasoned frontiersmen.
International Black Powder Hunting Association, National Muzzleloading
Rifle Association, National Rifle Association and State Hunter Safety
programs have added to the old TEN COMMANDMENTS that we grew up with the
addition of some of the new powders becoming available
while using your muzzleloader or while near any quantity of black powder
or different styles of PYRODEX.®
BEFORE LOADING, MAKE SURE
THE FIREARM IS NOT ALREADY LOADED. To
make sure it is unloaded, insert the ramrod provided with the rifle into
the bore to the breech plug and note its position at the muzzle.
NOTE: Nothing can be
attached to the ramrod while using it in this way. USE ONLY THE RAMROD
ALWAYS CHECK AND CLEAR THE
FLASH HOLE THROUGH THE NIPPLE BEFORE SHOOTING. ALWAYS CHECK THE BARREL
FOR OBSTRUCTIONS BEFORE LOADING AND SHOOTING. Before
checking for an obstruction, put the safety mechanism in the ‘S’ position
and open the bolt assembly and remove the percussion cap and residue
from the nipple. Water, snow, mud or any other material can obstruct the
barrel and cause barrel damage.
USE BLACK POWDER OR
PYRODEX® ONLY TO LOAD YOUR MUZZLELOADING
FIREARM. Never use even small
amounts of smokeless powder, even if it is black in color. The use of
any other propellant may cause injury or death to the shooter or
bystanders and damage the firearm.
NEVER EXCEED THE MAXIMUM
RECOMMENDED POWDER CHARGE CONTAINED IN THIS BOOK. To
do so could result in injury or death to the shooter or bystanders.
NEVER POUR POWDER DIRECTLY
FROM A POWDER FLASK OR CONTAINER. A
sudden powder ignition from a lingering spark could cause the entire
flask to explode. Use an individual charge from a powder measure when
loading your rifle. Read and follow your powder manufacturer’s
procedures for powder storage.
NEVER USE THE WRONG
AMMUNITION COMPONENTS. Only use
ammunition components that exactly match the caliber markings on your
firearm and are meant to be used together. Use only pure lead or muzzle
loading components when shooting lubed balls or conical bullets. Do not
use any other lead alloys with lubed conical bullets as they may be too
hard for proper and safe use in your muzzleloader.
WHEN LOADING, BE CERTAIN
POWDER, PATCHES AND PROJECTILES ARE IN THEIR PROPER SEQUENCE AND THAT
THEY ARE COMPLETELY SEATED AGAINST ONE ANOTHER. Serious
personal injury or death can result if space is left between them. To
provide a reference mark for future loadings, mark the ramrod at the
muzzle once a projectile has been loaded to the proper depth. NOTE: Be
sure to recheck the ramrod mark if you change loading components or
alter the ramrod. Never attempt to shoot out a projectile that is not
firmly seated against the powder charge or does not seat to the proper
depth. Remove these projectiles following the instructions in your
ALWAYS USE COTTON
PATCHING. The use of non-cotton
patching could build up a static electric charge possibly creating a
spark that could ignite the powder.
NEVER POUND THE RAMROD. Black
powder and PYRODEX are impact sensitive and could ignite from impact.
Keep the ramrod directly away from your face or body.
KNOW THE RANGE OF YOUR
projectiles have a range of more than one-half mile.
IF THE FIREARM FAILS TO
FIRE, BE PREPARED FOR A HANGFIRE. Keep
the muzzle pointed in a safe direction and wait no less than one full
minute before opening the bolt. A spark may have reached the powder
without any sound. The rifle could fire at any moment during this
minute. If the rifle does not fire within a minute, carefully follow
the directions on how to handle a misfire found in the instructions
RENDER YOUR FIREARM
INOPERABLE WHENEVER YOU ARE NOT SHOOTING. Never
place the percussion cap on the nipple until just before firing and
remove it immediately if you do not fire. Never carry or store a loaded
firearm in a building or a vehicle. Unload it by firing it into a
suitable backstop before returning to your vehicle, entering a building,
crossing or climbing up or down any obstacle that may prevent you from
keeping full control over the firearm, such as a fallen tree, fence,
treestand or slippery area. Failure to follow this rule may cause
serious injury or death to the shooter or bystanders.
BLACK POWDER LEAVES HEAVY
CORROSIVE RESIDUES. A thorough
cleaning and lubing are absolute necessities before storage and prior to
loading and shooting. Follow the cleaning instructions per your manual.
Always carry loading and cleaning equipment with you in the field.
NEVER USE THE WEATHER
SHROUD FOR REPEATED SHOOTING. It
is intended for single shot usage. Always disassemble and clean the bolt
assembly after shooting with the weather shroud.
firearms in poorly ventilated areas, cleaning firearms or handling
ammunition components may result in exposure to lead, a substance known
to cause birth defects, reproductive harm, cancer and other serious
physical injury. Have adequate ventilation at all times. Wash hands
thoroughly after exposure.
Failure to follow any of these safety
rules may cause personal injury or death to the shooter or bystander and
damage to property. Do not use a firearm until you fully understand and
practice the Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety.
EDIBLES - FORAGED AND CULTIVATED (cont. next issue)
documented facts pertaining to periods & availability of foods.
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