Need muzzle loader help

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Re: Need muzzle loader help

Post by bigpete » 14 May 2018, 6:28 am

Cotton sheets are fine,flannelette shirts are fine if they're pure cotton. Just as long as they fit reasonably tight. And I just use square patches. I rip a length of cotton about an inch wide ( big enough to go around the circumference of the ball ) and stuff it into a little pocket I've made and I just pull it out like a tissue and tear a square off each time I load. It works well
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Re: Need muzzle loader help

Post by Oldbloke » 14 May 2018, 6:50 am

I need to buy the FFF powder soon. Any brands I should avoid or recommendations?
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Re: Need muzzle loader help

Post by bigpete » 14 May 2018, 7:21 am

I just use wano
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Post by Noisydad » 14 May 2018, 7:24 pm

OB Wano is probably all you’ll find. Swiss is made from unaffordium and is over $120/kg now if you can find a stockist.
If you’re loading smaller cartridges with BP you could try Wano 3P. It burns a little hotter and cleaner and gives your bullet lube a chance at keeping the fouling soft.
I’ll be loading .44-40 with 3P this week for Sunday’s long Arms comp day at Seymour BP club.
There's still a few of Wile. E Coyote's ideas that I haven't tried yet.
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Re: Need muzzle loader help

Post by Oldbloke » 14 May 2018, 7:35 pm

I picked up 1kg of wano fff and a ball starter today. :thumbsup:
I was going to make one but he knocked $5 off. Also picked up a bronze brush, and have about 90 balls. Sooo, just need a jag now.

Then it's "thunder birds r go"

Put in an order for a Lee .490 ball mould today.
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Re: Need muzzle loader help

Post by sungazer » 15 May 2018, 9:53 am

Where in Seymour is it Noisy I might come for a looksee?
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Re: Need muzzle loader help

Post by bentaz » 15 May 2018, 10:02 am

Oldbloke wrote:Here it is.

CVA .50 cal BLAZER.jpg

Did the old bastard cry when he had to hand it over?
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Re: Need muzzle loader help

Post by bigpete » 15 May 2018, 11:13 am

Bentaz,you were saying you were setting up a smoothbore 50 ? Have a look into cheewed balls for it
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Re: Need muzzle loader help

Post by bentaz » 15 May 2018, 12:53 pm

Yeah I guess it works just like a golf ball to reduce drag. I just had a bit of a read about it and opinions seem to be pretty split, have you done any testing of it?
Same should work with round balls in a 12ga.
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Re: Need muzzle loader help

Post by Oldbloke » 15 May 2018, 1:17 pm

bentaz wrote:
Oldbloke wrote:Here it is.

CVA .50 cal BLAZER.jpg

Did the old bastard cry when he had to hand it over?


TBO, I think he was a bit sad.
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Re: Need muzzle loader help

Post by bigpete » 15 May 2018, 4:02 pm

It also helps provide a better fit without excess friction bentaz. I've made a couple but as yet haven't tried them
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Re: Need muzzle loader help

Post by Oldbloke » 16 May 2018, 7:34 pm

As I know SFA about these I need to ask.
What is this for? :lol:

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Post by bigpete » 16 May 2018, 7:49 pm

Holds the barrel in. If you cock the hammer,pull that out,pull the ramrod out,you should be able to lift the barrel from the muzzle end and it hooks at the other end into the stock
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Post by Oldbloke » 16 May 2018, 7:57 pm

Well, I'll be. Don't want to lose that.

Bigpete is it normal for the ram rod to only be held in by friction? I expected a clip, latch or similar. Seems to just pull out.
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Re: Need muzzle loader help

Post by bigpete » 16 May 2018, 8:05 pm

Yes that's normal
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Re: Need muzzle loader help

Post by Oldbloke » 16 May 2018, 8:13 pm

Thanks
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Post by Noisydad » 16 May 2018, 9:36 pm

It’s very common for ramrods to sneak forwards a little with recoil. It’s no biggy just shove it back in.
There's still a few of Wile. E Coyote's ideas that I haven't tried yet.
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Post by sungazer » 16 May 2018, 10:13 pm

Hey OB are you going out to Seymore on Sunday to tey it out and get all the tips from the experts. I know one of the guys other than Noisy and he will tell you history you never knew and never wanted to know. Sorry I tune out short attention span. :D :drinks:
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