The Blackpowder Journal

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...for the blackpowder enthusiast

Jim Reed

Jim still remembers decimal currency and the imperial measurement system. His interest of firearms stems from his goat shooting days, and was fuelled by his twelve years in the New Zealand Army, but nowadays he only shoots non-animal targets. He works in the data communications industry and has to travel 150 miles to Rotorua to shoot. He uses two antique Snider rifles and a New Zealand made muzzle loader (more about those later). He also has a Swedish rolling block in 8.5mm (.335") which is very close to 32-40, and is building a 38-56 rifle based on an 1871 Swedish rolling block action. He has exported pre 1899 Swedish RB rifles into the USA.