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Randy Johnson



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PostSubject: Fifty years ago   Fifty years ago EmptyJune 30th 2018, 6:18 pm

I turned 66 today. 
Not that big of a deal in itself, but since I got my first muzzleloading rifle for my 16th birthday, today marks the beginning of my 50th year of shooting muzzleloaders.
That first rifle was a percussion FIE, and low end beginner quality. Today I marked the beginning of my 50th year in the sport my taking a first at a range I haven't even placed at in a long long time. The rifle today was a little better than my first one. It has a Bill Large barrel and Bob Roller lock and triggers. Once I find a set of sights that work for me it will be a consistent winner.
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PostSubject: Re: Fifty years ago   Fifty years ago EmptyJune 30th 2018, 7:20 pm

This made me grin. Congratulations, Randy. And, well done. Happy birthday.king

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PostSubject: Re: Fifty years ago   Fifty years ago EmptyJune 30th 2018, 9:09 pm

going on 19 for me!
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PostSubject: Re: Fifty years ago   Fifty years ago EmptyJuly 2nd 2018, 3:39 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 66
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PostSubject: Re: Fifty years ago   Fifty years ago EmptyJuly 2nd 2018, 3:50 pm

Going on ... let's see take 5 from 78 = 73 years of shooting black powder, holy crap I'm freekin' older than Pete.  Shocked   Where the heck did he go, hope the hogs didn't eat him ... Naw, he's safe, to sweet ...  affraid   study   Sleep

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PostSubject: Re: Fifty years ago   Fifty years ago EmptyJuly 2nd 2018, 5:15 pm

Happy birthday, Randy!
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PostSubject: Re: Fifty years ago   Fifty years ago EmptyJuly 3rd 2018, 10:17 am

Happy belated Birthday Randy!!

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PostSubject: Re: Fifty years ago   Fifty years ago EmptyJuly 3rd 2018, 10:37 am

I wish I were 66 again, Randy. Happy birthday.

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PostSubject: Re: Fifty years ago   Fifty years ago EmptyJuly 3rd 2018, 10:53 am

@patocazador wrote:
I wish I were 66 again, Randy. Happy birthday.

Isn't that the truth, me too ....   :dodo

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PostSubject: Re: Fifty years ago   Fifty years ago EmptyJuly 3rd 2018, 11:08 am

My first was upon my arrival in Alaska in 1975, a Navy Arms Pietta 12 gauge SxS. It became the one and only shotgun I used for everything from ducks to geese, ptarmigan to snowshoe hare. Then steel shot finally hit Alaska, and I sadly parted with it before decent alternatives came along. 

Once i was satisfied with non-tox shot for muzzleloaders, I picked up another about 15 years ago.  Gotta admit that I have a whole safe full of modern shotguns, but that lovely Pietta is the only one to take critters in all the years since.

A sensible man would just go ahead and get rid of the moderns, but my son-in-law is a really good guy and wants them.  Since he's deployed all the time and it's not easy or reasonable to move them between duty stations, I keep them stored for him.  He visits them often as he can, but it's never often enough for our tastes.  But here lately he's been eying my Pietta....  Inheriting that one is a horse of a different color, and hopefully he'll have to wait many years before it can happen!   Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Fifty years ago   Fifty years ago EmptyJuly 3rd 2018, 11:18 am

@BrownBear wrote:
My first was upon my arrival in Alaska in 1975, a Navy Arms Pietta 12 gauge SxS. It became the one and only shotgun I used for everything from ducks to geese, ptarmigan to snowshoe hare. Then steel shot finally hit Alaska, and I sadly parted with it before decent alternatives came along. 

Once i was satisfied with non-tox shot for muzzleloaders, I picked up another about 15 years ago.  Gotta admit that I have a whole safe full of modern shotguns, but that lovely Pietta is the only one to take a critter in all the years since.
Bought one of those when they first came out. Log Cabin had one on display at the 72 spring or fall shoot and they were available shortly afterwards. I had an original English 10 gauge I used for trap but the Navy Arms 12 was my go to hunting gun.
My favorite memory with it was an after work squirrel hunt. I only wanted a couple for supper. I walked into the woods to my favorite spot, thumbed both hammers back, and fired two quick shots about twenty degrees apart. I had my pair of squirrels and was back home in less than twenty minutes.
I sold it when I lost a job back in 92. Many is the time I wish I still had it.
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PostSubject: Re: Fifty years ago   Fifty years ago EmptyJuly 3rd 2018, 11:36 am

Quite a few years ago I picked up a Pedersoli 12ga, at the LGS, with 22" or 24" barrels, can't remember which.  It had chrome lined barrels so was safe with steel shot.  That gun was delightful, shot great but only killed one squirrel.  Most of the shooting was fun shooting rather than hunting.  I've never been able to shoot a double as well as a single barrel and I later decided I wanted a flintlock smoothbore so I sold it.  I really liked that gun, however, and it was nicely checkered & engraved; very fine looking gun.

I've had a .62 (20ga) flintlock for several years and love that gun.  I used it to kill the last deer I hunted.  It's very accurate with ball and puts shot just a couple inches below poa.  It has both rear and front sights.
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PostSubject: Re: Fifty years ago   Fifty years ago EmptyJuly 3rd 2018, 5:14 pm

@patocazador wrote:
I wish I were 66 again, Randy. Happy birthday.

I'm 70 so yes I wish I was 66 again myself.  Happy 66th Randy :suhlute
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PostSubject: Re: Fifty years ago   Fifty years ago EmptyJuly 4th 2018, 3:35 pm

Happy 66th Randy !

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PostSubject: Re: Fifty years ago   Fifty years ago EmptyOctober 18th 2018, 6:25 pm

New here,as of today. but happy birthday. Got my first muzzle loader on my 14th birthday and would hunt with it in all seasons. All family and friends thought I was Nuts. Been out of it for the Past 20 years just getting back in. My first was a Sile 50 Cal Hawkins. Watched Jeremiah Johnson and never been the same since.
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PostSubject: Re: Fifty years ago   Fifty years ago EmptyOctober 19th 2018, 10:24 am

I'm 61 and don't want to be 66. I want to be 30. My first BP rifle was bought around 1990. A Cabelas Hawken that my friend now owns. Its in 54 caliber. Once I learned how to use it it was a fun, accurate rifle. I killed my first elk with it.
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PostSubject: Re: Fifty years ago   Fifty years ago EmptyOctober 19th 2018, 11:38 am

Happy Birthday....I was 20 years old living in Oregon and bought my first BP rifle....used to shoot it out the back door into the Siuslaw River....And the addiction was on, and haven't looked back....Now I have problems which one to shoot or which one to build next....WOW comes to mind that was 47 years ago!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Fifty years ago   Fifty years ago EmptyOctober 19th 2018, 1:09 pm

And happy birthday from Maine.  Well, I'd like to be 50 again rather than 72; but one cannot choose.  My passion for flintlock longrifles is as fiery as ever; and I do as much as I want to do unless pain/fatigue stops me.  One can't live pain free but one learns to take it in stride.
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PostSubject: Re: Fifty years ago   Fifty years ago EmptyOctober 19th 2018, 3:24 pm

@Randy Johnson wrote:
I turned 66 today. 
Not that big of a deal in itself, but since I got my first muzzleloading rifle for my 16th birthday, today marks the beginning of my 50th year of shooting muzzleloaders.
That first rifle was a percussion FIE, and low end beginner quality. Today I marked the beginning of my 50th year in the sport my taking a first at a range I haven't even placed at in a long long time. The rifle today was a little better than my first one. It has a Bill Large barrel and Bob Roller lock and triggers. Once I find a set of sights that work for me it will be a consistent winner.
Happy Birthday Randy.
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PostSubject: Re: Fifty years ago   Fifty years ago EmptyOctober 19th 2018, 6:38 pm

Hang in there.  Us old buggers can still win some. I shoot a match once a month here in Texas, and I can normally walk away with a ribbon or two at least. I don't know how much longer I will be able, but sure enjoy it.
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PostSubject: Re: Fifty years ago   Fifty years ago EmptyOctober 29th 2018, 3:47 pm

Happy Late Birthday I turned 65 10/5/18 was suppose to go Salt Water Fishing last week of September but I got down in my Back again so I called off the Trip had everything Paid for.

Now this last Friday went to ER with constant pain in my Chest and Shortness of breath, no Heart Attack but they said something is wrong not to do anything until I see my regular Doctor which is next Friday. Went fishing this morning by the house, wasn't good so I know I'm just setting in the house.

Be thankful you can still get out and get them.

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PostSubject: Re: Fifty years ago   Fifty years ago EmptyOctober 29th 2018, 5:35 pm

Happy Birthday again Randy
 I turned 69 in June, so yeah... wish I was 66 again too... I think!? Had a stroke at 66, so not sure it's worth going through that again?
God bless:
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PostSubject: Re: Fifty years ago   Fifty years ago EmptyJanuary 25th 2019, 2:43 pm

Gents, I turned 58 yesterday, here is a photo taken with an old box brownie camera of myself with my first muzzle loading rifle a South Australian stamped 3rd model contract musket that was found in the station store room and given to my mother, who still shoots. I am about 12 or so here and am holding my first ever black powder kill a poor old galah. I have a pet one now as penance for my youthly sins . The below shot is me with the same rifle now !Fifty years ago 45961088205_113bce7d6dGordon and Fifty years ago 25739166737_986edaf70eGordon sepiHwea copy by Gordon Hazel, on Flickr Kill by Gordon Hazel, on Flickr

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PostSubject: Re: Fifty years ago   Fifty years ago EmptyJanuary 25th 2019, 6:24 pm

Old folks know shi/stuff. Ill be 60 soon "still a youngster by some standards". Shot my 1st muzzleloader elk in 92, 26 years ago. Im also old and grumpy by my wifes standards. 40+ years.
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