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Old 01-21-2013, 11:06 AM
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Hi all, Newbe here...
Yesterday I went to the Houston Gun Show looking for muzzle loader stuff for my CVA Mountain Rifle. I didn't find any muzzle loader stuff but I did pick up a used Navy Arms Country Boy in line muzzle loader. I don't know anything about them but the price was right and it is in really great condition. Of course there wasn't an documentation with it and I haven't had much luck finding an owner's manual on the web. So, I have lots of questions... The Barrel is stamped ".50 cal 1-32". Does the 1-32 mean it has a 1 to 32 inch rifling? The primer nipple is much too large for a #11 cap but it is not a "hole" into which you could stick a shotgun style primer. Any thoughts on what it could be? What is the proper bullet? I'm guessing that a patched ball is not the answer Start with a 50 grain load? Do any of you know of a muzzle loader club or experts in the Houston/Clear Lake/Friendswood Texas area? I'd sure like to get connected with some experts to learn to do this properly... Any info on the Navy Arms Country Boy would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for your help!
CRH
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:11 PM
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Pictures posted would help considerably. I remember the name, "Navy Arms Country Boy" but I cannot remember what they looked like.

Sounds as if the nipple is for a musket cap? One would think the 1-32 denotes the twist. It's easy enough to learn what the twist is with a jag and tight fitting patch.

Generally 1-32 is considered too fast for PRB's but most rifles give acceptable to excellent accuracy with light powder charges. Often hunting weight charges do not give suitable accuracy. Only real way to know is to shoot it.
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Old 01-21-2013, 03:03 PM
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Yeah, photos would be nice... I don't know how to post them. The posting rules at the bottom say I may not post attachments. Here is a link to the only description I was able to find
Muzzle Blasts Online,Vol. 2, No. 2.,Muzzle Loading News. It does say the rifling is 1:32 and says that a musket cap primer is optional. Perhaps that is what I have.
I was only joking about using a PRB...
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:02 PM
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I agree, the 1:32 almost certainly denotes the twist. That's a perfect twist for conicals. I would be inclined to start with 385 grain Hornady Great Plains bullets over something like 70 grains of Pyrodex RS. It may also shoot 300 grain bullets in sabots quite well.

From your description there's a musket nipple on the gun. Musket caps can sometimes be difficult to find. But the nipple can likely be easily replaced with a #11 nipple. You just need to determine the thread of the nipple.
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Ahh...ok. That is NOT the Navy Arms Country Boy I was thinking of. 1997 is about 30 years later than the one I was thinking of...and the one I'm thinking of may have had a different name also....it's been a while and I've slept since then. Fortunately I can't tell you a thing about in-lines...
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leave the musket cap ignition, it is 5 times hotter than a number 11 percussion cap and will ignite the better powders like bh209 and triple7 more reliably.
i would think the gun would handle 150 grain charges IF you find that to be an accurate load for you.
i have a navy arms .58 that is built like a cannon and can accurately run 530 grain minies over 175 grains of powder no problem.

id pick a navy arms over many other brands but they just dont have the selection. id like a long barreled .50 inline, like the TC long distance rifle.

the 1:32 is definitely the twist, and it means there is one full rotation of rifling in 32 inches.
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i have a navy arms .58 that is built like a cannon and can accurately run 530 grain minies over 175 grains of powder no problem.
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Seems like the 1:32 twist may be for a maxi ball type of projectile. This may account for the musket cap nipple. Also, there was a Navy Army Country Boy in the 1980's with a "mule ear" or "side slapper" lock.
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Hi all, Newbe here...
Yesterday I went to the Houston Gun Show looking for muzzle loader stuff for my CVA Mountain Rifle. I didn't find any muzzle loader stuff but I did pick up a used Navy Arms Country Boy in line muzzle loader. I don't know anything about them but the price was right and it is in really great condition. Of course there wasn't an documentation with it and I haven't had much luck finding an owner's manual on the web. So, I have lots of questions... The Barrel is stamped ".50 cal 1-32". Does the 1-32 mean it has a 1 to 32 inch rifling? The primer nipple is much too large for a #11 cap but it is not a "hole" into which you could stick a shotgun style primer. Any thoughts on what it could be? What is the proper bullet? I'm guessing that a patched ball is not the answer Start with a 50 grain load? Do any of you know of a muzzle loader club or experts in the Houston/Clear Lake/Friendswood Texas area? I'd sure like to get connected with some experts to learn to do this properly... Any info on the Navy Arms Country Boy would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for your help!
CRH

The 1-32 twist is an interesting twist. I have a .54 caliber with the same twist in a Lyman Great Plains Hunter flintlock. I have discovered it is an excellent roundball shooter IF YOU LOAD IT LIGHT. I shoot 50 grains of 2f powder and roundball all the way up to 70 grains and it shoots round ball excellent. I also found that conicals shoot well out of it. That is not to say your rifle is the same way, but I personally would give round ball a chance with say 60 grains of powder and see how it does.

It sounds like you have a musket cap ignition. So get some musket caps. Any doubts, take the nipple with you to the store and fit a musket cap on it.
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