Pennsylvania Game News - March 2016 - D

A squirrel rifle with a silver
lining. Check out the intrinsic
metal work on the bird's-eye
maple stock of the author's
custom-made 25-caliber
flintlock rifle.

silver hardware.
I couldn't find ramrod thimbles (the
small metal tubes that attach to the
forestock to retain the ramrod) for a
ramrod that small, so I fashioned my
own out of German silver sheet metal.
I also had to take a 5/16-inch hickory
ramrod and shave it down to a quarterinch. The firearm turned out to be a slim
and light rifle.
The next problem I faced was finding
a mold for a .250 ball. Nobody in the
country made one, and I was having a
hard time finding a custom mold maker
to make one for me.
Some shooters were using No. 4
buckshot, but that lead ball measures
slightly smaller than .250, so I decided
to use a thick patch to make it work.
Finally, I found a fellow in England
who would make a mold. The only
trouble was that he made only single
cavity molds. It took a long time to mold
a couple hundred balls, but because I
would use the rifle solely for squirrel
hunting it wasn't a big problem.
After I had molded plenty of 25-caliber balls, I went to the range to try out
my new rifle. I started with 20 grains
of 4F powder. The lead balls weighed
about 21 grains.
I sighted the rifle in at 25 yards and
it shot about 6 inches low. I filed the
front sight until I got my group in the
bull's-eye.
It was a day with no humidity so I
d

had to clean the bore about every five
shots, but in the end it shot a real nice
cloverleaf group.
Later, I shot it at 50 yards and still
got a 2-inch group. I think it might
have even been tighter if I would have
used more than 20 grains of 4F powder.
Being I was only going to use the rifle
for squirrel hunting, I wasn't planning
to shoot much farther than 35 yards. I
practiced all summer shooting it offhand
and in other shooting positions.
On the squirrel-season opener I took
my new little 25-caliber flintlock out
to see what it could do. It wasn't long
until I spotted a fox squirrel at the base
of a tree about 20 yards away. I didn't
have a clear shot, but I thought I could
thread my ball through to hit it. I missed,
but the squirrel didn't know where the
shot had come from so I reloaded and
leaned up against a tree. I put the sight
on its head and, at the shot, it went
down. There was very little smoke and
just a small crack that didn't spook other
squirrels.
The next time I went hunting I spotted a big gray squirrel on a log. It was
facing away from me so I lined up the
sight on its shoulder and knocked it off
the log. The ball had gone through its
left shoulder and out its neck.
I'm really thrilled at how well this
little rifle has functioned and hope to
enjoy it for many seasons in the squirrel woods.



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Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2016 - Intro
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2016 - Cover1
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2016 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2016 - A
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2016 - B
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2016 - C
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2016 - D
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2016 - Contents
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