Welcome to one of my other passions.
I have created this page to feature my Black Powder rifles and some of the accessories I have made for them.
I own two Black Powder Muzzle Loading rifles.
The first item that I would like to feature is the Range Accessory Box.
This box was inspired by one featured on the excellent britishmuzzleloaders You Tube channel.
Like the Range Box featured in the video, this one is also is set up to hold 60 prepared projectiles, 60 preweighed charges, wet and dry patches, wads, caps and everything else thaat you would need for a day at the range.
While plans were not included in the video it was not hard to come up with something similar. I decided upon internal measurements of 200mm wide X 1075mm long by 90mm deep (this necessitated sides to be 92mm as a saw cut was lost when the box was split).
All of the metal fixtures and fittings are non ferrous where possible. In the few instances where steel was used it was punched or recessed and puttied over
Firstly, the box has a simple hinged lid. I am not a carpenter and only have very basic woodworking skills so everything had to be kept as simple as possible.
Because I have two rifles I decided to make the box multi purpose depending on which rifle I intended to take to the range.
This meant that the bullet block had to be interchangeable and not fixed as it is in the video.
I accomplished this by constructing a hinged shelf under the bullet block. The shelf folds down resting on some supports and the bullet block is then placed on the shelf for easy access to the bullets.
The containers for the wads and patches were made from brass sheet that was repurposed from an old garden pot. This ended up being more work than I expected and would not go down this path in future.
In fact I have already made the containers for the next box and these are a simple construction, some from plywood, some from nice timber, just to see the difference..
Because there was a space available at the bottom I made a spare parts box to fit there.
The tin came about to cater for occasions when the Range Accessory Box was not necessary, such as some casual plinking or a hunting trip.
I used a metal tool box and simply fitted a bullet rack and a powder charge rack to hold a convenient amount of powder charges and bullets. A tray is located under the powder charge rack to hold other components and some plastic bullet boxes are used to hold the wads and patches.
The Tin holds 50 powder charges and 48 .45 bullets or 35 .58 bullets.
I would really appreciate any feedback that could help me improve my accessories. Please