Why Preppers Should Own a Black Powder RifleSeptember 5, 2014 by Melanie Swick | 4 Comments
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of buying yet another AR-15, the latest tactical accessories, or a few more cases of ammunition, Lord knows I’m guilty of it. But if you experience a long-term grid down scenario, how long would your ammunition last?
It’s simple to make your own ammunition for a black powder rifle. Lead for the bullets can be found in fishing weights, lead pipe, solder, or wheel weights, and black powder can be easily manufactured using saltpeter, charcoal, and sulfur—all commonly available ingredients.
But a black powder rifle offer more advantages than just the ability to make your own ammunition.
Because of their limited range black powder rifles require you to to get closer to your prey, which improves your stalking, camouflage, and movement skills, and because you only get one shot, they force you to focus on your shooting position and sight alignment/sight picture.
This brings you closer to the primal side of hunting and helps you to refine your wilderness skills—exactly the kind of self-improvement you should be seeking as a prepper.