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Randy Johnson



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

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

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 66
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PostSubject: Re: Fifty years ago   July 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   July 2nd 2018, 5:15 pm

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

Happy belated Birthday Randy!!

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

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

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PostSubject: Re: Fifty years ago   July 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   July 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   July 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   July 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   July 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   July 4th 2018, 3:35 pm

Happy 66th Randy !

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