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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

How to get a new rifle in the mountains.

4 comments:

  1. G'Day Harry,
    "Jeremiah Johnson" and "The Mountain Men" are the 2 movies that I credit with getting me hooked on muzzle-loading. I remember seeing them on TV back in the 80's and not being familiar with the Fur trapping era of US history I was intrigued and started to find out anything I could on that era. Then I came across an Enfield 3 band rifle in .58cal and grabbed it even though I had no idea how to shoot it. What I really wanted was a Hawken rifle but that is another story.

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  2. I saw Jeremiah Johnson for the first time when I was in college, which was the early 1970's. It was a great show and I started reading about Jim Bridger and Liver Eatn' Johnson, anything I could find on the period. I remember The Mountain Men too. I know Charleton Heston was in it but I can't remember who the other guy was. Brian Keith?

    I've got my Hawkin, now I just need to learn how to use it.

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  3. Yes it was Brian Keith, I'd never really seen him in anything until that movie and he played a good role. Definately get that Hawken going, I'll tell you the first thing I was taught by an old timer...powder, patch, ball!

    There is a good group down in Victoria who are called the Southern Cross Free Trappers, freetrappers.org.au and they hold Rendezvous on a private property out in the bush, I have known a few of them for years now but have never made it to an event. I used to go down there for another shoot called the Spring Turkey Shoot at Tamminick.

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  4. Out in our West, particularly in Colorado, they still have reenactments of the old "rendezvous" where the mountain men would get together to sell their pelts and socialize. I saw a National Geographic special on that once though I've never attended one myself.

    I probably should get out and go to a few more things of that nature. I don't have a problem getting away for day trips but it's harder to be gone for very long because of my animals needing care.

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