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Old August 25, 2009, 02:28 AM   #1
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any one use poly patchs?

i was at the local army navy store today, and he had some bags (nos) of bulter creeks 50 cal polys patchs. I've never seen them before so i bought a bag thinking i wuld give them a try. anyone else use them? they look like a regular sabot but only for a ball.

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Old August 25, 2009, 11:08 AM   #2
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You are talking about patches for PRB, right?? The poly patches that I have tried, did not hold up but not sure who made them. They just would not take the heat especially on hotter loads. They were smooth enough but I'll stick to my linen patches. I will have to look these up in their website. Put a match to them and a linen patch and see how they compare. Frankly, I don't care for them but you just might have better luck. Let us know how you make out. ....

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Old September 3, 2009, 09:33 PM   #3
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I still have some green plastic Poly Patches made by Butler Creek in the early 1980s.
I stopped using them about then, because they just didn't deliver the accuracy compared to a linen patch.
Also, being plastic, they wouldn't hold any moist lubricant to keep fouling soft.
Poly Patches were wasp-waisted, and I seem to recall that you should seat the ball on top of one, then gently push the Poly Patch halfway into the muzzle.
While there, apply a little grease around the indented waist, then seat it down on the powder.
I recall that the ads of the 70s and early 80s claimed that the Muzzleloading U.S. Olympic team used them in competition with stunning success.
After the ads ran a year or two, I never again saw any mention of the Poly Patch associated with the muzzleloading team.
I still have about 25 of them.
They're green plastic, and made with a cup on each end so it doesn't matter which end you choose to start in the bore.
The lead ball is just very slightly covered by the cup of the plastic patch.
Recovered plastic wads show a reverse of rifling on the plastic, so apparently they gripped the rigling well enough.
But I used them one summer and went back to lubricated linen patches, they were cheaper and shot better in my CVA Mountain Rifle in .50 caliber.
I believe the Poly Patches were color coded: Green for .50 caliber, brown for .45 caliber and red for .54 caliber. Or so I seem to recall.
I threw away the plastic sack they came in years ago, so I'm relying on my grumpy ol' desert cat memory.
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Old September 4, 2009, 09:53 PM   #4
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I believe the Poly Patches were color coded: Green for .50 caliber, brown for .45 caliber and red for .54 caliber. Or so I seem to recall.
I threw away the plastic sack they came in years ago, so I'm relying on my grumpy ol' desert cat memory.
Your memory serves you well, your correct on the colors.
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Old October 25, 2010, 09:36 AM   #5
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I have been looking for some poly patches for years. For me personally they were more accurate than the patches. I always look in any sporting goods store I visit looking for them. I found some 54 cal in a little store a couple of years ago, but I have not found any 50 cal.
I am down to my last 3 or 4 left. Would love to find some more. I love to shoot the 'ol Thompson. Have killed 10 bucks with it over the years, and a couple of friends have used to hunt with and killed with it as well.

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Old October 26, 2010, 08:30 PM   #6
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plastic patches

C V A warns against using any poly or plastic patches,as do other manufacturers of muzzeloaders,they can create an unsafe condition..............
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