Tuesday, January 21, 2020

For Sale: Hawken Thompson Center 25 yr Anniversary 1970-1995

That's correct I have a 50 cal percussion right hand TC Hawken up for sale.

 The muzzle bore appears to have been coned by a previous owner.
 The Rifle stock has some handling marks, bore is great condition. Lock and triggers work well. Inside of lock has little to no wear marks which indicates very little use.

The rifle comes with a leather fringed scabbard that sports the TC branded logo.
 Leather sling and swivels.
 Ball starter
 Adjustable Rear sight

  I sell these rifles for $350.00 you're getting well over $100 in extras!

  Price is $450.00 shipping is extra cost depends on your location. You can figure at a min 40$ insured
 Local pick up OK.


Yes that is a leather fringed scabbard with a TC branded logo.

Aperture is missing on the peep sight. I figure it was removed for hunting

YEA a manual from talk on the internet some of you need to read one!

Thanks for looking!  Regards, BlackPowderBill

Monday, January 20, 2020

For Sale: Thompson Center Patriot Pistol 45 cal

TC Patriot 45 cal Pistol   
BPB Link to GunBroker

     Great pistol $350.00 shipping will be 25$

Patriot 45 cal has a few handling marks.
 Other wise appears as not used, to fired very little.

 Nothing like a grubby hand to leave a mark

 Lock looks like it's never been used

Thanks for looking check out my Face Book page for sale items and updates.
Regards BlackPowderBill

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Pillow Ticking-Cotton Tight Weave for Muzzle Loader Ball Patching

Hello & Happy New Year 2020!

  A new year and milestone as I have been shooting ML'rs now for 50 years.

Ok boys & girls in the firearms world. Two links here as well as the articles posted on different web pages. Read them , I know in my past experience it's hard nuff to get you guys to read a manufactures manual prior to screwing up a muzzle loader. So with that being said Please take the time to read these 2 articles on cotton ticking.

Bear in mind, cotton fabric did not become readily available until around 1840. Even though Columbus found cotton on his first voyage and returned to Europe with seeds.
Quote: Although many clothes, especially coats, were still made out of leather or fur, most clothes were made out of wool (from sheep) or linen (from the flax plant), hemp or cotton. Some rich people wore silk.

Source: Fabric source brief history.

Then an additional link on Sizing & Starch here Sizing & Starch


 Lots of myths concerning cotton weave pillow ticking. Here are a few links to fabric sources explaining the material we all love to cut up in little round or square pieces.

Ticking Fabric  link to follow including source credits.

Whatever happened to old-school ticking stripe fabric?
I’m talking about authentic mattress ticking woven in a dense twill or herringbone weave. The type that feels weighty even after it’s washed.  It’s 100% cotton and has no flame retardant coating.

OK all you smoke pole story tellers? Got it now? Ticking is plain old cotton no fire proof coatings. You wash it to shrink the material down, which in turn tightens the weave a bit more. 

This is the kind of ticking I want for my slipcovers.

I have been searching for classic ticking in a slipcover weight for the past two years.  Occasionally, I come across a few yards of gorgeous vintage ticking in exactly the weight I like.  And, of course there’s always the lovely, densely woven herringbone ticking made in England but priced out of my reach.

Don’t get me wrong.  It’s very easy to find basic cotton ticking fabric in a wide range of prices and colors.  I have sampled and tested many.  But none of them are weighty or durable enough for the look & feel I’m going for in my washable slipcovers.  Even the ones called “heavy weight mattress ticking” weigh in at a measly 6 to 9 ounces and turn limp after wash.

My search continues. Stay tuned!  For now, here are my reviews for some of the ticking I sampled so far:

Tinsmiths Ticking The Slipcover Maker Review
Ticking Fabric, Navy or Black  I love this beautiful cotton herringbone ticking made in England. The classic stripe is offered in two different widths in navy or black.  It’s a drapery weight but because it’s so densely woven it feels heavier.  In addition to the fabric price and shipping cost, expect to pay duty on a roll of this fabric sent from England.

Blue Ticking Stripe Fabrics

Utility Fabric Pillow Ticking Blue  This twill fabric has the look of traditional mattress ticking in dark indigo and natural.  It feels stiff and somewhat heavy before wash.  But after washed it’s limp and light weight.  It has high shrinkage and is only 32” wide.  You will have to piece widths together to cover a sofa or large chair.

ACA Blue Stripe Ticking
Soft and limp twill fabric especially after washed. Sold as a 9 ounce but feels more like a 6 ounce, which is very light weight. The indigo color is not as dark and rich as the pillow ticking stripe (above). Usable width is only 42” before wash.

Mattress Ticking Navy/Ivory Canvas Woven Fabric #3588
This ticking fabric is a twill, not a canvas per the name.  It’s 60” wide, which is a plus.  I like the dense hand-feel and the weight after washed.  It feels like a medium weight, the heaviest ticking I have found so far.   Unfortunately, this fabric pills and lints like crazy!  And, the blue color is more like cornflower blue instead of indigo.

Catalina Ticking Stripe Canvas

Catalina Stripe, color Black Pearl   A variation on a classic ticking.  This one is a canvas in a drapery weight.  A little too light weight for my taste but it does make a decent slipcover.  Expect a lot of wrinkle, which softens somewhat as the slipcover gets used.

Covington Woven Ticking Black Covington Woven Ticking Stripe, color 93 Black   Another cotton drapery weight.  Too light weight for me but it can be used for a slipcover that gets moderate use and wash. Black stripe is woven on white twill.  Average shrinkage.  Width 55″.

On to the next article: Link to article with sources. ((With Video))

Ticking Product Fabric Guide

Ticking is a strong, functional fabric traditionally used to cover pillows and mattresses because its tight weave of 100% cotton or linen, does not allow feathers to penetrate it. Ticking often has a recognizable stripe, commonly navy on a cream background, or it can come in solid white or natural.

True ticking is featherproof, but the term may also refer to a striped pattern that is used for décor purposes, like drapery, upholstery, slipcovers, tablecloths, and throw pillows. This decorative ticking comes in a variety of colors.

47″ ACA Blue Ticking is a durable tightly woven twill weave fabric that is typically used for mattress covers, quilt backings, pillows, and bedding to prevent feather spines from poking through. It has the traditional navy stripe.

If you’re concerned about the stripe pattern showing through the fabric covering it, solid bleached white ticking and natural ticking are good options.

Lighter weight fabric printed or woven with the ticking stripe pattern can be used where appearance is important rather than strength and durability. These décor fabrics come in many more colors than true ticking and the small stripe is often a great coordinating fabric. This would be suitable for decorative pillow covers, drapes, and other décor projects. Find designer ticking patterns in Covington stripe fabric and Waverly stripe fabric.

Working with Ticking Fabric
If you have a decorative ticking print fabric, it’s easy to sew like any other medium weight décor fabric.

Feather proof ticking can be a coarse, stiff material that’s a bit challenging to cut and sew. For this reason, avoid complicated shapes with many seams and use it for large flat panels.

If hand sewing is required, use a sail needle or a curved needle and a thimble or guard to give more force to help to pierce the cloth.

Pre-washing is an option if you plan to wash your finished project as this will shrink the ticking before you start. However, dry cleaning or vacuuming are the recommended ways to keep it clean when completed due to excessive shrinkage and possible color bleeding. If you do wash it, iron while it is still damp for a smoother finish.

Use sharp, long bladed shears to cut ticking. As it is coarse, it may be hard on the hands so take your time and pace yourself.

If pinning this dense fabric is difficult, use chalk or a fade away pen to mark a pattern outline for cutting out rather than pinning paper pattern pieces to the fabric.

When joining pieces of fabric try using household pins which are thicker than dressmaker’s pins or try holding the layers together using flat clips, like binder clips.

Working with ticking is similar to sewing and handling a strong, heavy-weight denim. A denim needle will penetrate the fabric. Choose a size 90/14, 100/16, or 110/18, depending on the density of the ticking.

Use a strong, heavy-duty thread and lengthen the stitch to approximately 3.5mm to work with the extra depth. If you feel your sewing machine is struggling and the needle is finding it difficult to penetrate the material, turn the fly wheel by hand to prevent damaging the motor.

Join panels with plain seams with the raw edges pressed to one side. Finish with top stitching to keep the seam flat or make traditional flat fell seams if the fabric isn’t too stiff to work with.

Use lots of steam and press the ticking with a heavy hand to smooth out any creases. Set the iron to its highest setting.

Top Tips

  • Whatever you are making, choose a simple style with a small number of seams
  • Use a strong denim needle – size 90/14 or larger
  • Sew with heavy duty thread
  • Sew with a 3.5mm straight stitch
  • Use a steam iron or a dry one with a water spray or damp cloth to press out stubborn creases
  • Clean furnishings with a vacuum cleaner or water-free solvent

Hope this helps you in the new year!


Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Muzzle Loader Cost spend Wisely


Price is only 25-50 dollars more for a flint. Same with used depends on your area. Caps, a tin is now 7$ to 9$ in a box store. T/C's Renegade avg sale price is 250$

Hawken 45-50 350$ 54 maybe 400$ is in really nice condition. 36-45 Seneca's 400$ and up towards 600$. 1:66 RB barrel an easy 225$ used in good condition.

Barrels 125-200$.

Locks 75-100 avg.

 Stocks bare 75-100 stock trimmed out 200$ plus.

Sights front and rear up to 50$ for both. 

 A CVA Mountain rifle with the American barrel 400$ up. Spanish barrel 300-350. Any big bore 54-58 will always bring premium price if in good condition. 

 Pawn shop finds in good condition are far and few between in my area ,(Athens GA). When I do come across a ML'r the first thing I do it test the lock then run a patch down the bore. If either one fails my price drops by 80$+ off the sellers asking fee.

  Like Glenn May mentioned , prices are getting higher. This is cause so many guys are willing to spend 1500-2 grand on a "custom" kit rifle. Soon the market will be flooded with 1500 dollar guns that at re-sale will bring maybe 1000$ and if a tad dirty or un-cared for 6-700$.

 A production so called high end runs around 750 1200$. Lyman's 600-750$--Traditions 400-750$. I have here a Mills percussion upland fowler 12 bore. The bore is a tad sketchy being a London fine twist. However it still looks better than most muzzle loaders I see that aren't near 180 years old. And it shoots!  The question you have to ask yourself is. How much will I be shooting this gun?  Hunting and a little target practice or hunting & light competition? Competition only? You get what you pay for.

  Most importantly you get what you put into it. A clean kept up 400$ gun is worth more than a hand built 2000$ one that looks like a sewer pipe on a fence post. 


 BPB FFL 35+ years cast my first RB at the age of 14/49 years ago. That's my opinion, your mileage may differ.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Open Letter Regarding the Franklin Armory Reformation Firearm

Open Letter Regarding the Franklin Armory Reformation Firearm

December 19, 2019


The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has received questions from industry members and the general public regarding a new type of firearm produced by the Franklin Armory®. This firearm, known as the "Reformation", utilizes a barrel that is produced with straight lands and grooves. This design contrasts with conventional rifling, in which the barrel's lands and grooves are spiral or twisted, and are designed to impart a spin onto the projectile.

The ATF Firearms and Ammunition Technology Division (FATD) has examined the Reformation firearm for purposes of classification under the applicable provisions of the Gun Control Act (GCA) and the National Firearms Act (NFA). During this examination, FATD determined that the straight lands and grooves incorporated into the barrel design of the Reformation do not impart a spin onto a projectile when fired through the barrel. Consequently, the Reformation is not a "rifle" as that term is defined in the GCA and NFA. Moreover, because the Reformation is not chambered for shotgun shells, it is not a shotgun as defined in the NFA. Given these determinations, the Reformation is classified as a shotgun that is subject only to the provisions of the GCA (i.e., it is not a weapon subject to the provisions of the NFA).
Under the provisions of the GCA, if a Reformation firearm is equipped with a barrel that is less than 18-inches in overall length, that firearm is classified to be a short-barreled shotgun (SBS). When a Reformation is configured as a GCA/SBS, specific provisions of the GCA apply to the transfer of that firearm from a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) to a non-licensee, and to the transport of that firearm by a non-licensee in interstate or foreign commerce.

These provisions are:
1. 18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(4) requires that an individual wishing to transport an SBS in interstate or foreign commerce obtain approval by the Attorney General to transport the firearm.
2. 18 U.S.C. § 922(b)(4) requires authorization from the Attorney General consistent with public safety and necessity prior to the sale or delivery of an SBS to an individual by an FFL.
The Attorney General has delegated the authority for approval of requests pursuant to these sections to ATF.

The Franklin Armory Reformation is the first firearm produced and sold by an FFL that ATF has classified as a GCA/SBS. Because GCA/SBS firearms have not previously been available in the marketplace, existing federal firearm regulations do not provide a mechanism to process or approve requests from FFLs for approval to transfer a GCA/SBS to a non-licensee pursuant to section 922 (b)(4) or requests from non-licensees to transport a GCA/SBS pursuant to section 922(a)(4).

ATF is currently developing the procedures and forms to address this new type of firearm. Once promulgated, these new procedures and forms will provide the mechanism necessary for FFL holders and owners of GCA/SBS firearms to request the statutorily required approvals. Until such time, you should be aware of the following:
1. An FFL may lawfully sell/transfer a GCA/SBS, such as the Reformation, to the holder of an appropriate FFL (a GCA/SBS cannot be transferred to the holder of a type 06 or type 03 FFL).

2. No mechanism currently exists for ATF to authorize a request from an FFL to transfer a GCA/SBS, such as the Reformation, to a non-licensee. Therefore, until ATF is able to promulgate a procedure for processing and approving such requests, an FFL may not lawfully transfer a Reformation configured as a GCA/SBS to a non-licensee.

3. No mechanism currently exists for an unlicensed individual who possesses a GCA/SBS, such as the Reformation, to submit a request and receive approval to transport the GCA/SBS across state lines. Therefore, until ATF is able to promulgate a procedure for processing and approving such requests, the possessor or owner of a GCA/SBS, such as the Reformation, may not lawfully transport the firearm across state lines.
Any questions pertaining to this Open Letter may be sent to the Firearms Industry Programs Branch at FIPB@atf.gov or (202) 648-7190.

Curtis W. Gilbert
Acting Assistant Director
Enforcement, Programs and Services

Friday, November 22, 2019

Miracle Cleaner Article MB 1992 Not Such a Miracle After All

Cheap and easier is never better. bpb 
I made some of this up after this article came to me with a CVA Hunter-Hawken I had won. About a year later while shooting on the range, in a match a bit of this cleaner mixed with BP good splashed on my prescription safety glasses. As I wiped the spots off I noticed it had removed the anti glare/scratch finish off the lens!

I stopped using this Miracle that day and went back to water and a bit of soap. Soon after than I also stopped using those Chap stick scented Miracle greased patches in competition.
   Hope you can read them!
You may want to read my other articles on 1000 shot lubes and see how you've been had by that marketing miracles. Bore Butter & Mineral Oil

 Attached is the article:

Now if you want I can sell you a bottle of Scented Chap-Stick. Who am I to stop progress.
Regards BPB

Warning about windshield washer fluids: 
Windshield washer fluid anti freeze chemical is Methanol. Hey so mix away.

Incompatibility (Material to Avoid): Incompatible with beryllium dihydride; metals; oxidants; potassium tertbutoxide; carbon tetrachloride + metals; dichloromethane. Can react vigorously with oxidizing materials.
Explosive reaction with chloroform + sodium methoxide; diethyl zinc. Violent reaction with alkyl aluminum salts;
acetyle bromide; chloroform + sodium hydroxide; CrO3; cyanuric chloride; (I + ethanol + HgO); Pb(CIO4)2; HCIO4;
P2O3; (KOH + CHCI2); nitric acid.1
Hazardous Decomposition or By-products: When methanol is heated to decomposition, carbon dioxide and
carbon monoxide may be produced, as well as formaldehyde may be produced, and it emits acrid smoke and
irritating fumes. 1
Lewis, Richard J., Sr.: Sax’s Dangerous Properties of Industrial Materials, Eighth Edition. New York, New
York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1992.