Re: Alternatives to patch and ball
My preference for about 6 years now has been either the Hornady 240gr Pa. Conical, or the Buffalo Ballet of the same weight. I do prefer the Buffalo Ballet because they use a dry lube vs. the gack that Hornady uses for their lube.
Either one goes down the tube easy enough, requires no patch or sabot, and for the short shots taken with the flinter, the 240gr hits harder than any 180gr round ball can. Reloading is fast and easy as well.
I find these conical's deadly, easy to load, and consistently accurate as there is no patch to slip during the reload.