I feel good - I rescued a Knight MK-85

Discussion in 'Muzzleloaders' started by sabotloader, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. sabotloader

    sabotloader New Member

    Oct 6, 2008
    Moscow, Idaho
    and it arrived today from its' trip across the country...

    Bought this from a fellow forum memember and it is all that he said it was in selling info.

    Why an old MK-85,

    1. well I did not have one
    2. it is a perfect inline ML for Idaho ML regulations, actually for Oregon and Washington also.
    3. it has a great history - the model does...
    4. i kinda needed it - now I can hunt with this neat little inline instead of Renegade/SS GM-LRH

    I will think of another reason later...

    I handled the stock and really like it. It is shorter, lighter, and not as bulky as the current Extreme/Elite stocks. It is going to be an excellent pack rifle. Probably will get a Winter Camo pattern put on the stock but that will not happen until after winter this year.

    I do not know why I thought it was going to be a .504 bore, but I did. The first thing I did was to grab a .503 Bull Shop in insert it in the bore. I started it through the crown and it felt great. I did not push it all the way down because I had not removed the BP yet. I thought it was going to be perfect, but it would not be a .504.

    Checked the bore and ran a couple of CR-10 patches through. The bore looked great and the patches brought nothing back out with them. Pulled the plunger, checked it out - reall can not even tell it has been used no sear line on it at all. Next out came the BP and #11 Nipple - both of them looked really good.

    Put the plunger back in and decided to get some pictures. I am not a good photographer at all but I think you guys will get the idea of what this little jewel looks like.


    The next thing I decided to do was to check the size of the bore further. That lead to some discoveries.

    I put the .503 Bull Shop in the barrel - it slip fit through the crown as it was suppose to. It felt like it made great contact, just like my GM-LRH barrel. Then I put the ram rod on it and started to push it down as soon as I did that the bullet fell all the way through the bore and into the breech area. No biggie - I got a .504 out and repeated the process - this time it took ram weight to push the bullet down - not pressure just the ram rod and it to fell out in the breech. I do not have any .5045's to try but I am thinking that might have to be the bullet. I am trying to get through to Bull Shop Dan right now to see if he has any .5045 sized up.

    Finally the last option I had were some Lehigh 50 cal sabotless bullets. I got one out and try to insert the skirt into the crown. It really seemed tight just to get the skirt so I thought now way am I going to get bay the barbs. I tried one kinda hard whack on the top of the short starter - did not seem to promising. So I thought one more try only this time I put a healthy wack on it. It went down to the nose of the bullet. Pushed it down with the short starter as far as the starter would reach - then the ram rod. Once started it fit perfectly...


    If you look closely you can see the land engravings on the brass...

    I think these are going to shoot just fine - I just have to man up on that short starter whack!

    If I were to shoot sabots it would definitely need to be the HPH-12 or the MMP Short black. The Orange .458 MMP might be to loose once started - but all of that is for a later day.

    All-in-all - do not think I did to bad for an Idaho legal inline ML...
  2. jakesdad

    jakesdad New Member

    Nov 16, 2006
    Looks identical to my mk-85.love the feel of those guns.fits like an old worn out tennis shoe!

  3. mohunter32

    mohunter32 Senior Member Lifetime Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2005
    Franklin Co, MO
    Always heard they were good guns.
  4. Mailman

    Mailman Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Blue Springs Mo
    I have one with the gray laminated stock. It was my first muzzle loader.