My first black powder firearm is a modern made replica of a flint-lock style rifle (I'm pretty sure I said that right). It was given to me as a gift from my helper Jerry. He bought it new and never fired it, because he'd already had one that he hunted with and had this one stored up. When he heard that I was curious about trying the black powder shooting sports, he puklled it out and gave it to me. It's a Bobcat made in Spain and has a .50 caliber bore. The barrel has an octogon shape and the stock is black synthetic.
I have thought of all sorts of things I'd like to do to it to make it look like an antique rifle, but first I just want to shoot it and see what all the fuss about black powder shooting is. When I was a young boy, my father had a .44 caliber black powder pistol with a brass frame. I remember shooting it with him and watching all the smoke and fire belch from it. The noise was pretty awesome too. We shot it a few times and dad moth balled it and just recently pulled it out for me to give it an overhaul and repairs. I'll make sure that we document that project and post the pics and info here. Of course I'm going to do the same with my new rifle. If anyone has any advice that would help with loads and bullet info I'd greatly appreciate it! Thanks!