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Hunter shoots shoots foot, loses toe in Shutesbury
recorder.com ^ | 12-30-13 | Chris Curtis

Posted on 12/30/2013 7:49:08 PM PST by smokingfrog

SHUTESBURY — This weekend was the end of black powder deer hunting season, and an Amherst resident shot more than he was looking for Saturday when he put a .50-caliber bullet through his foot.

The 50-year-old man was hunting in the woods east of the Town Hall on Cooleyville Road with a group of other hunters when the accident occurred, said Shutesbury Police Chief Thomas E. Harding.

“(He) was unloading his black powder, .50-caliber rifle when it discharged into his left foot,” Harding said. The man ultimately lost his toe. The mechanics of the accident were unclear.

(Excerpt) Read more at recorder.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: 50cal; banglist; blackpowder; hunting

1 posted on 12/30/2013 7:49:09 PM PST by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

That’s one way to unload a muzzloader!


2 posted on 12/30/2013 7:50:53 PM PST by Dogbert41 (Up yours NSA !)
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To: smokingfrog

Hehehe...


3 posted on 12/30/2013 7:51:07 PM PST by Jimmy4Toes
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To: smokingfrog
The mechanics of the accident were unclear.

Mm hmm.

I wonder about the chemistry of the accident.

4 posted on 12/30/2013 7:51:14 PM PST by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: smokingfrog

1/2” ball through your foot. I bet that felt good.


5 posted on 12/30/2013 7:52:51 PM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: smokingfrog

Stupid hurts.


6 posted on 12/30/2013 7:56:23 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Dogbert41

“That’s one way to unload a muzzloader!”

So what’s wrong with having a real gun?


7 posted on 12/30/2013 7:57:53 PM PST by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders)
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To: smokingfrog

Shutesbury. Ironic name for the town.


8 posted on 12/30/2013 7:58:01 PM PST by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
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To: smokingfrog

I wonder if the phrase “hold muh beer” came up at all?


9 posted on 12/30/2013 7:58:18 PM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: fidelis

After the incident, they patched him up at Doctorville.


10 posted on 12/30/2013 7:59:20 PM PST by Defiant (Obama is The Bard of Canard.)
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To: smokingfrog

Shot himself in the foot and all he lost was a toe?


11 posted on 12/30/2013 8:02:38 PM PST by Gamecock (Celebrating 20,000 posts of dubious quality.)
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To: smokingfrog

I think there are shooters that haven’t had an AD, like there are are pilots who haven’t landed wheels-up. Yet.

It’s important to always think you’re capable of landing wheels up, or else you invite it. Same with an AD, IMHO. The best way to invite an accident is to assume that you’re incapable of it.


12 posted on 12/30/2013 8:03:33 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: Jimmy4Toes

Friend of yours? lol


13 posted on 12/30/2013 8:04:53 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

Something about keeping the muzzle pointed in a safe direction?


14 posted on 12/30/2013 8:08:47 PM PST by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: smokingfrog

Is “shoots shoots” like shooting green shoots or more like “rape rape”???


15 posted on 12/30/2013 8:09:31 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: fidelis
Shutesbury. Ironic name for the town.

My first thought, too.

16 posted on 12/30/2013 8:10:39 PM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: smokingfrog

I thought you unloaded a blackpowder muzzle loader by firing it?

Anyway link didn’t work here is a new one

http://www.recorder.com/news/townbytown/shutesbury/10004862-95/hunter-shoots-shoots-foot-loses-toe-in-shutesbury


17 posted on 12/30/2013 8:11:31 PM PST by DBrow
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I don’t write the headlines. Maybe someone is celebrating the new year a bit early.


18 posted on 12/30/2013 8:19:42 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

Did they call a toe truck?


19 posted on 12/30/2013 8:22:48 PM PST by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: smokingfrog
“(He) was unloading his black powder, .50-caliber rifle when it discharged into his left foot,” Harding said. The man ultimately lost his toe. The mechanics of the accident were unclear.

Did the procedure begin with hold muh beer?

20 posted on 12/30/2013 8:33:11 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Mr. K

I hate getting to the party late, and reading all the comments, ya beat me by a mile.


21 posted on 12/30/2013 8:34:50 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: GGpaX4DumpedTea
So what’s wrong with having a real gun?

Muzzleloaders are harder to use. You get extra challenge this way, and give the deer a chance. (There isn't much of a chance with .30-06 at 50 yards.)

You can also have an extra week or two of hunting if you use a muzzleloader. Bow hunters get even more time.

22 posted on 12/30/2013 8:37:04 PM PST by Greysard
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To: Greysard
You can also have an extra week or two of hunting if you use a muzzleloader. Bow hunters get even more time.

And it's open season year-round if you use your car.

23 posted on 12/30/2013 8:39:44 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: Ramius
I think there are shooters that haven’t had an AD

There are very few ACCIDENTAL discharges. There are many more NEGLIGENT discharges. I have had both.

Three ND's and Four AD's from the same gun. A Ruger Super Redhawk 454 Casull. At first I blamed myself And called myself some colorful names. The second time, I thought I had done it again.The third time I deliberately had my finger off the trigger.

I took that sucker home and cleaned it very well. Then I loaded it with some light lads and fired it until it did it again. Called Ruger, and they found a broken sear. No charge and three weeks turnaround. Got it back on opening day!!

24 posted on 12/30/2013 8:41:00 PM PST by snowtigger
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To: smokingfrog

In the name of education, I will tell on my self. Once upon a time, I was deer hunting in southwest Texas. The county was Pecos, and we were near Crane, TX. I carried a borrowed rifle, at the age of 18, loaded and dangling from my right arm. I had my finger in the trigger guard. I was carrying a .270 rifle across a broad flat field. A round was chambered and the rifle was not on safe. From what seemed like- out of nowhere, came a deafening sound which in an instant was determined to have come from the rifle I was carrying. I came within inches or less of blowing a hole in my foot, or worse, blowing my entire foot off. I had relaxed my grip and allowed the rifle to slump down, and in turn my finger made contact with the trigger, setting off a round. STUPID. CARELESS. UNAWARE. The round penetrated the ground about one or two inches at best, to the side of my foot. I have appreciatively much better barrel discipline and trigger awareness now. Fate. Knocked. I was lucky it was the wrong address. Get Some!


25 posted on 12/30/2013 9:03:15 PM PST by freepersup (Patrolling the waters off Free Republic one dhow at a time.)
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To: Ramius
I think there are shooters that haven’t had an AD

An AD, as opposed to a BC?

26 posted on 12/30/2013 9:12:22 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: snowtigger

I don’t draw a distinction between an AD and an ND. To my mind they’re the same. If it makes you feel better to call it negligent, then OK. So be it.


27 posted on 12/30/2013 9:18:44 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: snowtigger

I don’t draw a distinction between an AD and an ND. To my mind they’re the same. If it makes you feel better to call it negligent, then OK. So be it.


28 posted on 12/30/2013 9:18:44 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: smokingfrog
Some folk'll never lose a toe,

And then again some folk'll,

Like Cletus the black powder yokel.

29 posted on 12/30/2013 9:20:02 PM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: smokingfrog

My pal’s name is Foot Foot (Foot Foot)
He always likes to roam
My pal’s name is Foot Foot (Foot Foot)
I never find him home

I go to his house
Knock at his door
People come out and say
Foot Foot don’t live here no more

My pal Foot Foot (Foot Foot)
Always likes to roam
My pal Foot Foot (Foot Foot)
Now he has no home

Where will Foot Foot go
What will Foot Foot do
Oh, Foot Foot
I wish I could find you

I’ve looked here, I’ve looked there
I’ve looked everywhere
Oh, Foot Foot
Why can’t I find you?

Foot Foot, where can you be?
Foot Foot, why won’t you answer me?
Foot Foot, Oh Foot Foot
Wherever you are
I want you to come home with me

I don’t have time to roam
I have things to do
I have to go home
Oh, Foot Foot, where are you?

If Foot Foot didn’t like to roam so well
He would still have a place to dwell
Foot Foot, please answer me
I know where you are
You’re behind that tree

Foot Foot, please come to me
Foot Foot, now that you’re here
Won’t you come home
Foot Foot, promise me this
That you will never again roam

—The Shaggs


30 posted on 12/30/2013 10:18:57 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: smokingfrog

,,,,, did he have it mounted and on display ??


31 posted on 12/31/2013 3:41:04 AM PST by Lionheartusa1 (-: 0bamanomics is the equal distribution of misery :-)
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To: smokingfrog

One way to “unload” a muzzleloader is to shoot the gun. He probably pointed the gun at the ground to unload (shoot), and forgot his foot was in the way.


32 posted on 12/31/2013 4:17:38 AM PST by kickstart ("A gun is a tool. It is only as good or as bad as the man who uses it" . Alan Ladd in 'Shane')
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To: Greysard

“So what’s wrong with having a real gun?”..

Muzzle loaders ARE real guns, just single shots. They have been around longer than modern day firearms and will do exactly what they are intended to do in the hands of someone who respects them. Shooting ones toe off is not on the “intended use” list however.


33 posted on 12/31/2013 4:50:30 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: Ramius

It’s simple. An AD is when something beyond the control of the shooter goes wrong, an ND is when something goes wrong with the shooter.


34 posted on 12/31/2013 5:27:26 AM PST by snowtigger
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To: Progov

Grizzly Adams lusted after a
50cal. Hawken!

Very Effective Firearm !


35 posted on 12/31/2013 6:42:19 AM PST by Big Red Badger ( - William Diamonds Drum - can You Hear it G man?)
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To: snowtigger
Had a Ruger Super Redhawk for four years in Alaska. Didn't shoot it much as it hurt my hand and was a monster to shoot. The good thing is in .454 Casull it was the best bear medicine I could lay my hands on. Great hand canon and as always if you have a problem Ruger always come through.
36 posted on 12/31/2013 6:46:35 AM PST by lostboy61 (Lock and Load and stand your ground!)
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To: Steely Tom

Hmm,
Black powder 80 grains,
#11 cap,
.490 ball
and a .015 patch.

Not in that Order!


37 posted on 12/31/2013 6:49:42 AM PST by Big Red Badger ( - William Diamonds Drum - can You Hear it G man?)
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To: Ramius

I learned that the hard way. I did my whole military career, not one ND (negligent discharge), and I own firearms, and never had a problem. Then I cleaned and function tested a revolver a few weeks back and had to buy a new monitor lol. It was embarassing heh.


38 posted on 12/31/2013 6:51:04 AM PST by Bulwyf
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To: Greysard

“Muzzleloaders are harder to use. You get extra challenge this way, and give the deer a chance. (There isn’t much of a chance with .30-06 at 50 yards.)”

Here in Ohio it is shotgun with slugs, muzzleloaders or bow. No rifles. And yes, the season is longer with muzzleloader or bow.


39 posted on 12/31/2013 7:39:55 AM PST by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders)
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To: lostboy61
Ruger service, Yeah, You can't beat it. Their whole service dept goes on vacation at the same time. I happened to catch them at that time and it still took only three weeks from the time I dropped it off at UPS. They not only fixed the sear, it came back with the best trigger I ever saw on a Ruger.

BTW were you shooting WINCHESTER 260 Gr loads. That is the hardest kicking round I have ever shot. I now load a 340Gr hardcast bullet. Loaded to the top, it doesn't have near the kick that Winchester does. Different powder, I guess. Much more fun to shoot. It still isn't a 22, but I didn't buy a 22.

40 posted on 12/31/2013 8:24:08 AM PST by snowtigger
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