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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-18-2014, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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Lyman .50 cal flintlock

Had my Lyman serviced the other day and in discussions with the gunsmith, I was told that I should always use a roundball and patch instead of the new maxi hunting bullets, as they have a tendency to get hung up, or the green plastic can melt. Told me the Lyman was made for only roundballs but maxi hunt dealers want you to buy their product not because it works better but because it's more expensive. Any feedback from the field either way would be appreciated.

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-18-2014, 06:45 PM
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Re: Lyman .50 cal flintlock

Save the maxis and sabots for the inlines.They are made for them with faster twist and shallow rifling.The only Lyman for those is the Great Plains Hunter.All others stick with the RB.They do just fine in the lung or heart.

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Re: Lyman .50 cal flintlock

Which model Lyman do you have?
As for thr green green plastic cup,on power belts or sabots,i haven't seen any melted at the ranges i go to or have shot!!!!!!
I have a Lyman Great Plains Hunter,it is a 1 in 60" twist,for roundball ammo,and i have a Lymans Deerstalker,it is a 1 in 48" twist.The Deerstalker twist,is for round ammo or maxis!
IMHO,if you try to shoot to often,with out swabing your barrel,between shots,there is a chance of ammo getting hung up,even round ammo.
I'm no expert,but it has happened to me,so,i swab between shots at the range,hunting is a different matter!

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Re: Lyman .50 cal flintlock

I,m with 410-er.I have been sayin that for years mez.Stay away from the inline garbage.
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Re: Lyman .50 cal flintlock

I use T/C Maxi Hunters in my deerstalker and they shoot great.

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Re: Lyman .50 cal flintlock

just bought .49 roundballs from hornady and .10 spit patches....anyone else use these?
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Re: Lyman .50 cal flintlock

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just bought .49 roundballs from hornady and .10 spit patches....anyone else use these?
The .010 patch might not be thick enough to give you the best result.

As you probably know, a bore diameter is measured from land to land. You need a patch thick enough that it will not only make up the difference of the ball diameter with its relationship to the lands, but also fill the grooves of the rifling to seal the bore.

Anyone in this game should get themselves a caliper. Lyman makes one. The small plastic digitals sold in tool sections at Lowes and Home Depot go for about $25 the last I looked. They don't do a bad job for this purpose. I don't know how anyone into muzzle loading lives without a measuring device.

I've had bad luck with pre cuts. When measuring them, I've discovered some do not measure up to what the package says the thickness is. That can lead to frustration. I have a couple of packages of .010s that measured .0055. I've found .018 ticking that measured .012 ..just some examples of what I have came across.
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Re: Lyman .50 cal flintlock

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I have a Lyman Great Plains Hunter,it is a 1 in 60" twist,for roundball ammo
The Great Plains Hunter has a faster twist 1:32" barrel for sabots and conicals.
http://www.lymanproducts.com/lyman/m...ins-hunter.php

The Great Plains Rifle has the slow twist barrel round ball, 1:60", maybe slower at one time.
http://www.lymanproducts.com/lyman/m...ains-rifle.php
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ok...so where can I get .20 patches? the gun guy where I bought my lyman says .20 are too thick....but afriend of mine uses them in his all the time.
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Re: Lyman .50 cal flintlock

I shoot .015 pillow ticking patches in mine. Check MidwayUSA if you local gun shop doesn't have them.

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