The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The North Corral > Black Powder and Cowboy Action Shooting

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old December 30, 2011, 10:50 PM   #1
kwhi43@kc.rr.com
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 21, 2008
Location: Kansas City
Posts: 1,169
Loading A Tight Ball In A Rifle

As some of you know, I like a very tight fitting ball in my rifles. Some of you
have wondered just how I could load such a tight combo. Well I found a old
video I made over 20 years ago. Here I am loading a .454 dia ball with .020
thick patching in a measured .450 bore rifle. I use a 1/4 inch dia steel loading
rod. Notice how easy it goes down. My wife loads a .410 dia ball in her .400
bore Green Mountain barrel and it loads just as easy. This with .020 patching
also. Just watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WV0ql...ature=youtu.be
kwhi43@kc.rr.com is online now  
Old December 30, 2011, 11:22 PM   #2
Hawg Haggen
Senior Member
 
Join Date: September 8, 2007
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 11,649
I haven't measured anything, need to but I have a harder time loading a .530 ball with a .015 patch in my .54. Sucker sure is accurate tho.
Hawg Haggen is offline  
Old December 30, 2011, 11:26 PM   #3
B.L.E.
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 20, 2008
Location: Somewhere on the Southern shore of Lake Travis, TX
Posts: 1,885
I also load my muzzleloaders very tight. I have a TC Patriot .45 caliber pistol that burns holes in patches unless I use a tight fitting .451 ball instead of the recommended .440 or .445.

I also get good results with my .36 caliber Green Mountain barrel using .020 Teflon coated patching material and Hornady 000 buckshot. This takes a mallet and a good short starter to get in the muzzle but once started, it slides right down.

A .36 caliber rifle and 000 buckshot is a true miser's rifle.
B.L.E. is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:22 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.07384 seconds with 9 queries