We all know that a muzzleloader accident can happen. It only take mere seconds of carelessness to change your life forever. The good thing is we can learn from each other and hopefully prevent others from making the same mistake.
That was the thought of Tadd Bigbee when he posted about a shooting accident that changed his life for ever.
The muzzleloader accident:
Several days ago I experienced a life changing moment. All my shooting and hunting friends must read this!! I really didn’t want to post this but thought it might save someone’s life. So here I go. Friday afternoon I had a friend drive over to hunt with me here in Kansas. He needed a black powder gun so I gave him one of mine. I loaded the gun with powder and pushed the bullet down like always. He came in my house 10 minutes later and I handed him the gun. I told him here is the powder, bullets and primers. You know how to load it. Neglecting to tell him I had already loaded it. A grave error on my part. I should have told him only if you fire it, here are reloads to reload with.
After I left to go hunt, he put a load on top of mine. I made an almost fatal mistake of not being clear to my friend. My directions sounded like, “Load the gun” He wasn’t familiar with the gun at all so he didn’t know where the ramrod stops… The next day he leaves without firing the gun, so I take the gun. Put it on a bench at the farm and proceed to shoot it and clean it up till it’s used again.
When I fired it, my world came apart. The explosion split my middle finger from the palm to the finger nail. My point finger was gone from the knuckle forward. We could not find it so we take it that it was obliterated. Shrapnel entered my left hand as well. I really can’t describe percussion from the explosion in words… I’m always running a 100 mph at everything I do. I will slow down from this point forward with dealing with black powder guns and my communication with others. The Lord bailed me out of this one for which I am grateful. It’s a day I’d soon forget but my words may save someone from this awful experience. Save travels friends!! Todd Bigbee
Several days ago I experienced a life changing moment. All my shooting and hunting friends must read this!! I really…
I went by Todd’s Facebook page to see how he was doing and was pleasantly surprised to see that he did not let the muzzleloader accident get him down he jumped right back in the saddle and harvested a monster Kansas buck.
The Great Reward:
This past week has been a roller coaster of emotions. I experienced a terrible accident that most of you know about. The doc fixed me on Monday and I got back to chasing big KS whitetails with my buddy Ben Richardson. Yesterday I connected with a ghost buck that I never had a daytime trail pic of and only a few pics ever. He grosses 194 B&C and weighed just under 300 lbs!! Thanks to my understanding loving wife and son for allowing me to pursue these amazing creatures!!
This past week has been a roller coaster of emotions. I experienced a terrible accident that most of you know about. The…
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