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Old February 4, 2013, 04:53 PM   #2
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Join Date: September 8, 2007
Location: Mississippi
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1-depends on your patch/lube/ball combo. Some swab after three shots, some after every shot. I hardly ever do unless it gets hard to load.

2-yes patch lube is necessary.

3-nope, cast balls are just fine.

4-I make my own balls and shop around for the best prices on other stuff.

5-Forever and a day.

6-Online in bulk from Powder Inc. or Grafs. etc.

7-Not for a rifled barrel. Harder alloys do not shrink as much when cooling as pure lead does. Therefore they will be bigger and harder to load.

8-Yes, they will last a lifetime if taken care of. I have one that's over 40 years old that still makes good balls.
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