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turning their attention to Pennsylvania Fowlers. What is that? It is a Pennsylvania Long Rifle that has no rifling. Larger in bore, usually 62-caliber (20 gauge), the thinner barrel and lack of brass patchbox and other escutcheons, make the fowler easy to carry, quick-pointing, and a highly effective shotgun. I met Matt Harshbarger from Gardners, a custom Pennsylvania Flintlock Fowling Gun builder (springwoodsmt@gmail. com) and turkey hunting guide, at the Lewisburg 18th Century Artisan’s Show (www.18thcenturyartisanshow.com) this past February. While talking about the 2012 PA gobbler season, Matt enthusiastically relived the many hunts with his customers this past year. According to Harshbarger, “This gobbler was shot with a 12-gauge fowling gun that I built for Harold Stoneberger of Lewisberry. In fact, it was the last bird needed for him to complete his slam on all the birds with a flintlock. As far as loads and such, the load I use is 90 grains of 2F, a nitro card, lubed fiber wad, 2 oz. of #6 lead shot, then an over the shot card or a sliver of a fiber wad. This has worked wonders in several of my fowlers. The main thing to remember is that the fowlers are just like any other flintlock. One needs to try multiple loads and combos to see what happens. Circle Fly provides a great assortment of patches and wads. “A good starting point is a volume-forvolume load. If you use 90 grains of powder, use 90 grains (volume) of shot. See how it patterns at 20 then 30 yards. Then go from there. Try two fiber wads instead of one. No nitro card or maybe two. I like 6 shot and haven’t had a bird walk away yet. But that can be personal preference. Don’t worry about cleaning the barrel between shots, either. If a barrel is slick clean, then the wadding won’t seal as tightly as if there was fouling in the barrel. Increased fouling can help a smoothbore’s shot pattern. Shot cups are okay if you use the ones with no slits, then adjust the type of slits to the type of pattern you are looking for. If you just use
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a shot cup, it will normally open up too fast and it’s not much different than shooting a cylinder bore. “As far as a distance, I keep them to 20 yards or less, but can shoot out to 30. If the barrel is jug choked, you can easily reach 40 yards and stone a bird!” Pheasant tune-uP I love pheasant hunting with a muzzleloading smoothbore. There is no better way to tune up your skills for the fall than taking on the purple rocket that rises from the golden switchgrass of autumn. If this is your first hunt with a charcoal-burning front scattergun, now is the time to get ready. Regardless of whether your shotgun/fowler is a pricey new gun or a reconditioned antique from the family or used gun rack (and there are lots of them available for less than the price of a new one,) you now have the luxury of learning how to shoot the gun that tamed the frontier. Yes, more of our ancestors went West with a shotgun than a rifle. Phil Schreirer, Senior Curator for the NRA’s National Firearms Museum, joined NMLRA’s past president Jim Fulmer, his son Curt, and me for a trip to Martz’s Gap View Pheasant Preserve to enjoy a headto-head, modern versus muzzleloading, “shooting flying” adventure. While Schreirer carried a Churchill 12-gauge double, Jim with a Little Richland 707 20-gauge, Captain Curt Fulmer (recently home from Afghanistan) schooled us all in the art of dropping pheasants with his old Navy Arms 12-gauge muzzleloader. The first bird fell in a cascade of feathers as the smoke cleared from my Pedersoli Old English Maple 12-gauge percussion. While Phil and Jim did well with their modern guns, Captain Curt dropped bird after bird with a 13/8-ounce load of #5s, pushed by an equal volume of FFg Scheutzen black powder (about 113 grains.) While Phil and Jim had to wait for Curt and me to reload powder, wad, shot and card into our muzzleloading shotguns, after shooting at the big
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012
History of the Whitetail
Contents
Ye Ole Gun Shoppe
For Better, For Worse — Love Me, Love My Dog
Confidence
The Smiley Face Case
Prescribed Fire Brings Improved Habitat on Hunter Access Property
The Final Hunt
The Farmer’s Friend
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Ye Ole Gun Shoppe
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - For Better, For Worse — Love Me, Love My Dog
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Confidence
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - The Smiley Face Case
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Prescribed Fire Brings Improved Habitat on Hunter Access Property
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - The Final Hunt
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - The Farmer’s Friend
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Crossings
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