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.
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.
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.
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.