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    Default Found an OK 32 cal for little critters.

    I am still waiting on some good flints to arrive. But she works OK with a very crappy flint.
    This is the first tiny caliber muzzle stuffer I have owned. All the tiny balls and tiny powder charges are a bit of a pain in cold weather. She does have a good little crack when she goes off due to her high velocity.
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    Here are a couple more photos. The light was not so great and the camera is pretty beat up. The temp was around zero
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    Very neat rifle, considering a 36 from Dixie gun works myself - is your flint held in a piece of lead or leather ? If I may ask, where did you obtain this rifle ?
    Looking forward to more posts and photos - thank you.

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    I put a piece of lead cable shielding around part of the only flint I have. I think that leather might work better, but all I have are scraps of moose hide. I have some black English flints on order and I am looking for an old set of leather boots to cut-up for the hammer jaws.
    I picked it up from a gent in Georgia. It is an old Dixie Gun Works discontinued model.
    Be aware that many tools and accessories will not help with a 32 caliber. The 36 caliber seems to have more things available.

    The 32 cal has about the same power as a 22 magnum up close. A 45 grain ball going a little over 2,000 fps. I tried 20 grains of 3F but it was shooting low. So I worked my way up to 28 grains and 30 grains. That is where the sights and the holes met up.

    I just need to work on how much powder I use in the flash pan. I almost set my eyebrows on fire a couple times.
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    Sweet looking rifle! I bet it serves you well and is a load of fun to shoot.

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    All the tiny balls and tiny powder charges are a bit of a pain in cold weather.
    Buy or build yourself one or several loading blocks. Dandy formula for beating the cold with small balls and patches. Here is a chart showing drill bit sizes for making your own blocks in various calibers.
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    I beat you to it. The holes are .320 right now to see how it works.

    I also just made up a bunch of PAPER STRAWS that I cut down for flash pan primer powder. Using my small primer powder horn at 5 below was not working.

    So I folded and stapled a few paper straws and placed measured primer charges in them. I have a little stopper on the open end.
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    wood loading blocks and paper straws for powder.....great info, thanks guys !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Float Pilot View Post
    I also just made up a bunch of PAPER STRAWS that I cut down for flash pan primer powder. Using my small primer powder horn at 5 below was not working.
    Oooooh.... Good idea! Ought to be killer on windy days and wet days, too. I end up changing my prime about every half hour on wet days, and sooner or later my little primer gets wet....
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    Looks like an old DGW Tennessee Mountain Rifle. I had one in .50 caliber, back in the day (1970's). They were "poor boy" style rifles; no brass fittings or other adornments, just wood and browned metal, grease hole instead of a patch box.

    Enjoy your squirrel gun!
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