Ballards still carry the mail

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Brent
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Ballards still carry the mail

Post by Brent » Thu Sep 17, 2015 6:24 am

I know you guys are collectors more than hunters, but I thought you might like to know that Ballards are not only relics. They still do their job, just like they always have.

Unfortunately, this is one of the most frustrating websites I know of anywhere, since a decent photo cannot be directly posted. :evil:

I'm afraid you will have to just follow the link - I made this as small as was allowable with the photo editor I have and frankly, I'm done trying to cater to 20th century restrictions like this.

http://www.public.iastate.edu/~jessie/P ... 0small.jpg

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Re: Ballards still carry the mail

Post by Wishbone » Fri Sep 18, 2015 11:49 am

Awesome, awesome, awesome.
Great moose and a nice Ballard. Gotta be .38-55.

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Re: Ballards still carry the mail

Post by Brent » Fri Sep 18, 2015 11:52 am

Nope, .45-70 and barely enough as it was.

He was carrying 1932 grs of lead before he tipped over. Only one bullet passed through
http://www.public.iastate.edu/~jessie/P ... 0small.jpg

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Re: Ballards still carry the mail

Post by Wishbone » Fri Sep 18, 2015 12:11 pm

Impressive ! They are big, tough animals.
A friend of mine actually lost one about that size last weekend. He made a "good" hit with his arrow. Tracked / looked for the bull for 9 1/2 hrs. before giving up. It is my estimation that the "good" hit wasn't a good as he thought.

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Re: Ballards still carry the mail

Post by Brent » Fri Sep 18, 2015 12:40 pm

I put two of the first three bullets through the pulmonary veins and arteries and aortic arch which completely stopped all blood follow to the rest of the body and he did not go down. The fourth shot on the shoulder staggered him a bit and finally he toppled, but never have I seen such an ability to take on lead. All four shots punched both lungs and were fatal shots, just not very quickly.

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Re: Ballards still carry the mail

Post by marlinman93 » Sat Sep 19, 2015 6:45 am

Beautiful bull Brent! Even better that you're using an old Ballard to take it! I'm just getting ready to head out for deer season here the first Sat. in October, and will be using a new to me #4 Perfection in .32-40 for deer. I started hunting with my old guns about 9 years ago, after being very successful with my bolt guns for decades. I was able to take the best buck I've ever taken the first year out, using an old Union Hill Ballard in .38-55 caliber!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v691/ ... unt06b.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v691/ ... unt06d.jpg
Marlin lever actions 1870's-WWI, Ballards, and single shot rifles!

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Re: Ballards still carry the mail

Post by Brent » Sat Sep 19, 2015 6:48 am

Nice buck! I love hunting mulies. Hard to do anymore. I've taken a few with Sharps and 85 Winchester. I haven't hunted with anything but bpcrs for 20 yrs now, from Alaska to Africa.

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Re: Ballards still carry the mail

Post by Brent » Sat Sep 19, 2015 6:51 am

I posted a few more details and pictures here
http://bpcr.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&p=32649#p32649

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