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Muzzleloading rifle - trip report

posted Oct 25, 2016, 3:50 PM by Max Raschke   [ updated Oct 25, 2016, 3:54 PM ]

On Sunday 10 Scouts and 3 adults drove over the hill for an amazing day of muzzeloading rifle shooting at a private range up in the hills above Aptos.  We met up with Venture Crew 568 and Troop 504 at the Corralitos Market and Sausage Company where our Scouts picked up some “snacks” (most ate their sausages right then).  We then drove back into the hills onto a 180-acre property and were hosted by Kirk, Kathy, and Kasey Matthews.  They have a 15-station muzzleloading “course” that meanders up a road with a variety of targets along the way ranging from metal gongs, swinging chains, spoons, metal squirrels, playing cards, and a grand finale.  At the end of the course there is an axe head with a clay target on either side.  Hit the axe, split the bullet, and break both clays!


After a safety course (complete with a test!) we split the Scouts into three groups of 8 each with three adults helping with loading.  Scouts learned a lot about the nostalgia of manually loading a rifle.  Everyone was very safe and had a lot of chances to shoot at all the targets.  Yes, several of our Scouts split a bullet in half to break both clays!


After a quick trip to the sausage market for more sausages and pies (from Gizdich Ranch) we drove home.  What a blast!


Lots of pictures here: