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Old October 4, 2010, 05:53 PM   #1
Josh Smith
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Need VooDoo Man (I Need Patches Read Please!)

Hello,

I'm barely keeping my groups in the 9 ring at 50 yards. Granted, I can't see worth crap, but I'm not liking the looks of a few patches that came from my rifle.

Patch material is .008" pillow ticking (off one of my old pillows), compressible to .0075". Load is 70gn Pyrodex FFg.


Lube moistened patch (just enough to feel it)...


Lube saturated patch (can see it standing and wets things it touches...


Same as the second pic...

I was using old T-shirt material, but was told that it was too loosely woven. However, I was getting decent accuracy and it was holding together like the number two and three patches with just spit lubed.

I think this stuff is just old and thin, and blowing apart. I know I find lots of lil' pieces in front of the rifle if they're not saturated.

The balls are supposed to cast at .490", but they mic at .492".

Thoughts?

Thanks,

Josh
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Old October 4, 2010, 06:03 PM   #2
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What kind of rifle are you using? I think your patches are too thin. .015
would be better.
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Old October 4, 2010, 06:21 PM   #3
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Hello,

It's a CVA Bobcat.

I'd go thicker, except it's tight to load as is.

Maybe this is why the t-shirt material was working, though?

Thanks,

Josh
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Old October 4, 2010, 06:53 PM   #4
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In my Bobcat, I shoot .015 lubed patches and .490 round ball. I check my patches often to see how they are doing and mine are holding. Mine loads just fine with this shot string and in part, may be due to the seasoning. Some new rifles will also cut patches just like rough bores. I have a newer Lyman with shallow rifling and it cuts thin patches. The problem is not the thickness as much as the sharp rifling.


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