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Old December 30, 2011, 10:50 PM   #1
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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
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Old December 30, 2011, 11:22 PM   #2
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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.
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Old December 30, 2011, 11:26 PM   #3
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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.
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