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PostSubject: Heading back to the Rendezvous   June 13th 2017, 10:52 am

Well, Im heading back up to the rendezvous today. Going to stay at my nephews but bring all my rifles, equipment and lube. I am going to see if the tent trader will display my lube in his tent so its under shade and we'll split the profit on the last day. Seems fair to me, dont you think?
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PostSubject: Re: Heading back to the Rendezvous   June 13th 2017, 3:05 pm

Sounds good.

Just a idea.  If you are going to do the in person stuff you should make up something people can hold and see what your product will do.

For your "Shoot Out" get a old trashed barrel. Clean it good and cut off 6" so they can look through it and see the grunge. Then fire the rest of it with the "Enhancer" according to the directions and cut off a "clean" section to compare.

Pictures are nice but  if they can touch it they are more likely to buy.  Anyone in this sport has to be a hands on guy. It's just too much work if you are not.

Then they go to the next rendezvous and TALK.
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PostSubject: Re: Heading back to the Rendezvous   June 14th 2017, 11:44 am

Ditto what Old and Grumpy said.  Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Heading back to the Rendezvous   June 15th 2017, 7:12 pm

Well I asked around yesterday, found a couple guys that wanted to stock it at their table and this evening, one of the guys flat out traded me $200 worth of gear for what I brought.

I'll get more and sell it this time. It was hard to pass up 2 14" custom throwing knifes, a leaf spring hunting knife with antler handle ( sharp as sin!) a 16" handled tomahawk, a neck knife/flint striker combo.

Great deal for the both of us. Next year, folks that buy it this year, will know the quality of the lube and buy direct from me.

On top of that, my friend and i dressed up and got all kinds of respect and friendly people coming up to us. I even helped a fellow out that lock his lock on his rifle while building it in the 70's and I took a look and told him what it was and where to get it. He was very grateful for the help.

My friend also bought a used lyman great plains .54cal rifle, used and a little rough, but the bore was excellent. I'll restore it for him and he'll be ready to go. He already is planning for next year.

Awesome day, and tomorrow will be better as my friend and I are going again to do the mountain man survival trail.
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PostSubject: Re: Heading back to the Rendezvous   June 15th 2017, 7:24 pm

Excellent Dude !  Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Heading back to the Rendezvous   June 16th 2017, 7:03 pm

I wish we had more of that around here. We got Davy Crockett Days in August. Hotter'n Cowboy Hell!!

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PostSubject: Re: Heading back to the Rendezvous   June 16th 2017, 9:47 pm

Today was awesome!

My friend and I signed up for the mountain man survival run. Just a fun as hell shoot!

First they start you off by throwing either a hawk or knife at a stump target. Once it sticks, you can then start your run.

The trail is marked with red tape, and at every red wooden spike, thats the area to stop at and shoot at such and such target.

The first 2 targets were making meat. 1 targets, 2 shots if needed. I hit the turkey dead on with a loud bell ring sound lol.

Next on the trail, you were passing through a friendly village. The bad injun targets are painted red. We once again, capped up, took aim and shot. My friend missed that one. I once more hit both targets for us.

There were some smaller targets as well, making meat, etc.

We got to the part and they said, ok stop and cap your rifles but walk into the next target area side by side. You can shoot together or one at a time.

Well, my friend and I are walking in and notice a cub bear target up in a tree. Hmm.

Ahhhh! I know what this is!

We came into a small open area and mamma bear came " charging" at us on a pulley system!

I got the first shot off which was a head shot right through the right eye. My friend got a chest shot. We got a bonus of 2 extra points for doing such a fine job on the kill shots.

After that, we had to make meat again which was shooting a buffalo at around 40 yards. I nailed it.

Walking alone a rocky trail, I was lucky enough to see a "rattle snake" coiled up behind a rock. I called it out and we got an extra bonus point.

Next, we went to the creek to get those pelts out of the creek and up onto shore.

There were 4 beaver caught in trap. We didn't score extra points, but the 2 guys monitoring us said that we could have got an extra point had one stayed out of the creek and acted as a look out for injuns. DOH!!!

Now with fingers all wet..... Start a fire with flint and steel!

I pulled out my flint and steel and then my japan tinder box which I had earlier picked dry grass and added in some tow.

I put 4 layers of char cloth and struck my striker once and had a tiny orange dot, so I struck twice more and had embers burning all over the place. I picked up the nest and squished it a bit to get the char cloth up against the fine grasses and started to blow.

My friend said the look on the guys faces was funny as hell because it was nothing but surprise that I had got a fire going to quickly. They gave me props on that one.

Now the next was harder! I saw it and just shook my head.

I saw a bell and below it, a 5" white steel target.

I drew up my sights onto the target and the wind started gusting! I had to drop down and bring up the sights 3 times before the wind was calm enough for me to fire. This target was 50-60 yards down range. I nailed it!

I got my powder measure and started to reload with 50 grains Pyrodex P when one of the guys warned me to hold up, take a look at an optional target we can shoot for an extra 10 points.

We walked a little ways down the trail and bam, another buffalo target! He said this one is about 125 yards out there.... Gotta shoot standing up,free hang.

Im standing there with 50 grains measured out, so I said what the hell, I'll give it a try, we're here for the fun, not competition.

I bumped the charge up to 70 grains Pyrodex P, grabbed a .020" patch and .490" round ball and loaded up the St.Louis Hawken once more.

Again, the wind was giving me fits but soon settled down.


125 yards..... I have 17" of drop at 150, So I figured I'd split the difference and put the tip of my front sight on the back line of the buffalo target. BOOM!

BING!!

The guys started congratulating me after that shot. I got a few claps on the back for that one.

During the entire shoot, I did not miss one target!

I spoke with a few friends we made and they all agreed, we have a chance of being very high up on the score board and may win a custom flintlock they are giving away.

I don't care about winning, but for our first shoot, with a new guy to muzzleloading, we did a hell of a job.

I did a lot of the longer range shooting as my rifle was sighted in and my friends is still good out to 50, but iffy past that. Plus hes new to black powder shooting.

One hell of a fun time!
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PostSubject: Re: Heading back to the Rendezvous   June 17th 2017, 1:00 am

Congrats.  Fun is what it's all about and it sounds like you're having plenty of it.  Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Heading back to the Rendezvous   June 17th 2017, 7:49 am

All good but the Pyrocrap.

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PostSubject: Re: Heading back to the Rendezvous   June 17th 2017, 8:50 am

I enjoyed the read. I am glad you got to have such a good time. 
Sounds like it would have been fun to attend.

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PostSubject: Re: Heading back to the Rendezvous   June 17th 2017, 2:09 pm

Pete, that Pyrocrap as you called it, brought home the bacon!



We took first place!

The rendezvous ended today and at the council fire, they were doing the drawing for the rifle which was actually won by buying raffle tickets.

I was the only one there today so at the prize blanket, I snatched up 2lbs of goex. One was 2fg and the other 3fg. They'll do! That will refill my horns and I'll be set until next rendezvous!
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PostSubject: Re: Heading back to the Rendezvous   June 17th 2017, 2:15 pm

Congratulations, hawkeye! Way to go.

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PostSubject: Re: Heading back to the Rendezvous   June 17th 2017, 2:23 pm

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Pete, that Pyrocrap as you called it, brought home the bacon!



We took first place!

The rendezvous ended today and at the council fire, they were doing the drawing for the rifle which was actually won by buying raffle tickets.

I was the only one there today so at  the prize blanket, I snatched up 2lbs of goex. One was 2fg and the other 3fg. They'll do! That will refill my horns and I'll be set until next rendezvous!


Yes, it works, but is so out of place with everything else you're doing. You're at a rendezvous reacting being a mountain man. Shoot black powder for cripes sake!

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PostSubject: Re: Heading back to the Rendezvous   June 17th 2017, 3:00 pm

save the good stuff for hunting.

Pyrodex and shockeys gold did fine for us.
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PostSubject: Re: Heading back to the Rendezvous   June 17th 2017, 3:02 pm

Keep it all real Jon. You'll feel better in the long run.

I can't do it anymore, so I live it through you. Do it right.

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PostSubject: Re: Heading back to the Rendezvous   June 17th 2017, 3:13 pm

I feel amazing until you start up Laughing

Our first run out with a new unshot rifle, a young new shooter and we take first. DAMN PROUD!
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PostSubject: Re: Heading back to the Rendezvous   June 17th 2017, 4:10 pm

As you should be.

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PostSubject: Re: Heading back to the Rendezvous   June 17th 2017, 5:56 pm

sadly, I took ZERO pictures. When its in the mid 90s and you are sweating your pants off, carrying around a rifle and pistol, its a terrible thing that just dulls your mind lol. Next year I plan to set up a shade fly and build a table for my goods.
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PostSubject: Re: Heading back to the Rendezvous   June 17th 2017, 7:18 pm

Wow, great story and a great adventure.  Reminds me of my SASS days.   You done good !  Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Heading back to the Rendezvous   June 20th 2017, 4:48 am

Great job Jon, proud of you.

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PostSubject: Re: Heading back to the Rendezvous   June 20th 2017, 6:22 am

Congrats! I envy you.  You had a terrific time with a yearning to go back.  You had a chance to test your skills and were obviously rewarded as a result of knowing your rifle from all your practice time (and a few hogs).  How exciting is that!

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PostSubject: Re: Heading back to the Rendezvous   June 20th 2017, 9:05 am

thanks gents. It was an amazing time. I think this one might be next, https://www.crazycrow.com/site/event/como-mountain-man-rendezvous/
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PostSubject: Re: Heading back to the Rendezvous   June 20th 2017, 11:31 am

Jonathan,
Thank you for the notification about the Como Rendezvous!
I should be back from an international trip close to the time of the start of the Rendezvous, so it may be possible for me to make it to the gathering before it ends.
Como area is the ideal location for a Rendezvous. A high Plains site surrounded on all sides by 12,000 and 13,000 ft. high mountains is perfect!
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