Have you ever looked at a product name ... and wondered, either to yourself or out loud ... "Why did they give that product that name?"
When it comes to shooting and hunting products, the preferred names tend to have something to do with performance - either the accuracy ... the knockdown power ... or the reliability. In our sport, muzzleloading, a product's name often reflects our muzzleloading heritage. One that has been used extensively for more than 40 years has been rifles referred to as a "Hawken" rifle ... many of which were far from looking anything like an original Hawken dating from the 1840's and 1850's. Then there have been a number of rifles named for the region of the country which the modern made reproduction is supposed to represent, such as the Kentucky rifle ... Pennsylvania rifle ... or Tennessee rifle.
For what we shoot out of these rifles, most names again revert back to terminology which indicates accuracy, power or game taking ability. These include Power Belt Bullets ... Black Mag (powder) ... White Hots (white powder pellets) ... and the use of the word "Magnum"! Over the years, I have been asked to help name a lot of new products, muzzleloading and otherwise. The bullets shown above are one of several I have named. This is the line up of the Harvester Muzzleloading saboted Scorpion PT Gold bullets. Actually, naming these came very easy for me ... since I had mocked up the first prototypes of these bullets ... by "borrowing" the polymer tips from another new bullet (the Parker "Ballistic Extreme" ... which I also named) and installing them into Harvester's hollow-pointed Scorpion bullets. When I sent along my idea for a polymer tipped (PT) version of the bullet, I had spray painted the black tips gold in color ... and simply suggested the company call them the Scorpion PT Gold.
Another very popular muzzleloader loading component I was involved with was the powder that became Blackhorn 209. Mostly, my involvement was with the engineers who actually developed the new "High Performance Muzzleloading Propellant" ... and I sat down with them to outline all the properties which would make this the perfect modern formulated powder for today's hot new No. 209 primer ignition in-line muzzleloading big game rifles. Back in the early 2000's, this web magazine was widely known as HIGH PERFORMANCE MUZZLELOADING ... and in 2007 I suggested the use of that wording on the label to describe the powder inside one of those mostly black and orange containers.
The gang at Western Powders, of Miles City, Montana, actually came up with the Blackhorn 209 name. I had thrown a couple of name ideas their way, but actually liked the name they came up with for the powder. BLACKHORN has kind of a traditional ring to it ... while 209 says the powder is for use in those modern muzzleloaders with a hot No. 209 primer ignition system.
New Names For New Products...
Yes...when the length of the sabot sleeves protrude too far above the point where a bulllet taper breaks over, to form the tip, that extra plastic or polymer can keep you from obtaining the absolute best accuracy. For more on this accuracy issue ... and to take a look at a very simple way to easily tailor sabot sleeve length to the length of the bullet you shoot, go to the link at the bottom of this post. We would love to hear from those of you who have experienced accuracy issues with sabot sleeves that are too long ... and of any solutions you may have come up with. To share your thoughts...please use the comment section for this post.
Right at forty years ago, I "accidentally" loaded a .50 caliber 1-in-60 twist bore rifle with two patched .495" diameter balls ... shot a buck at around 60 yards with the rifle ... and had absolutely no idea that I had stuffed two of the patched 183-grain balls down the bore ... until I walked out to the downed deer. Both balls had hit within a couple of inches of where I had been holding ... and that buck had definitely gone down on the spot.
Here's a link to a new article/report just published on the "Two-Ball Load" topic...
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