I have an antique Belgian rifle relined in .50 caliber. Two weeks ago I was shooting it with about 70 grs of FFG and a .495 patched ball. I loaded, fired and the kick really jolted the crap out of me. I went to reload and the wooden dowel that I use as a ramrod was nowhere to be seen. AhhHaa.
The gun is fine, but I cannot find the ramrod. I don't know what would happen if there was just powder and ramrod with no roundball to push it out.