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Old January 21, 2013, 03:22 PM   #1
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Where to buy minie balls?

Hey all. I took the kentucky out again this weekend and had a great time. I went with patched round ball this time and it seems more consistent than with the conicals.
I figure that now i would like to try the minie bullet to see how it performs. Any suggestions as to where to buy them for the .50? I dont think i can get them locally.

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Old January 21, 2013, 03:57 PM   #2
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Old January 21, 2013, 04:19 PM   #3
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Track of the Wolf

TOTW has minie's for the .50
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Old January 21, 2013, 04:29 PM   #4
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I buy here for everything I don't cast for.

http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...ght=masscaster
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Old January 21, 2013, 07:04 PM   #5
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I buy mine from Track of the Wolf.
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Old January 21, 2013, 07:23 PM   #6
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Aren't they made by the Keebler Elves Munitions Division????
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Old January 22, 2013, 08:50 AM   #7
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Aren't they made by the Keebler Elves Munitions Division????
That was my first thought, but they didnt have them on their website

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Old January 22, 2013, 08:53 AM   #8
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Thank you all for leading me in the right direction.
I see that totw has 2 different types. Can anyone enlighten me as to the difference?
I'm sorry for all of the dumb questions that i post on here. I don't know of anyone around me that in involved with this type of shooting and i appreciate the help.

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Old January 22, 2013, 01:21 PM   #9
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You can also get them from the Log Cabin Sport Shop

http://www.logcabinonline.com/index1.html
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Old January 22, 2013, 10:02 PM   #10
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I see that totw has 2 different types. Can anyone enlighten me as to the difference?
One is historically correct for the Civil War.
The other has a thicker skirt and more bearing surface for heavier loads and better accuracy.

Only the improved version is offered in calibers other than .58 since a caliber other than .58 would not be historically correct for Civil War era MiniƩ in the first place.

The Maxi-Ball is a Thompson Center design that does not feature a hollow base.
The original MiniƩ design actually had an iron wedge that was driven into the base of the bullet by the powder gasses to expand the bullet into the rifling, then it was quickly discovered that a hollow base by itself was enough.
Then TC found out that the base does not really even need to be hollow with their Maxi-Balls, the pressure, if high enough, will still expand the base of the bullet into the rifling. Pure lead is soft enough to distort under that much pressure.
This may also be responsible for the fact that patched round balls lose accuracy with really light loads.

I have a .45 Maxi-Ball mold and I have found that accuracy is so-so until near maximum loads, then all of a sudden, they become tack drivers. They also work quite well in my Ruger Old Army revolver.
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