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post #1 of 51 (permalink) Old 12-19-2016, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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Round ball Q-tion

I am going to attempt to try my hand at some flintlock hunting this late season. So with that being said I'm very green.

I just purchased some hornady .495" rounder balls and 0.010 lubricated patches. Is this still ok for a 50cal?

I also got some 320gr maxi-balls to try as well. I figureD with my 1:48 twist it could like either one.
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post #2 of 51 (permalink) Old 12-19-2016, 06:49 PM
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I shoot .495 balls with a .018 patch, when you shoot it, find a patch and see if it has burn marks where the rifling is. If it loads easy you mite need a thicker patch. My flinter likes round balls the best, I tried many different combo's and rb's shoot the best, Can touch holes at 50 yds off the bench.
My best load is 90 gr of 2f with .495 ball and .018 patch. I got a few deer with this combo and they dont go more than 50 to 75 yards.

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Your patch will be about 5-8yds from where you shoot.It should look like you could reuse it.No holes.
I would say that .010 is TOO thin and will give unclean burn and blowby.
TC usually like .015-.018 patch.If using those .495 RB's try the .015 patch.
Lyman rifling is cut deeper and like .018-.022.

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Ok, thanks guys. I'll keep a lookout for the patch. Could doubling them up work?
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Time to hit the range and work up an accurate load that you can use in the field. Too many variables to get the right answer through words alone.
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It'd be a pain in the butt....

I'm trying to remember back to when I ran a round ball in my TC Renegade. I know I ran 0.490 balls, but I'm trying to remember the patch. I think....THINK...it was an 0.015. I think.

495's and an 010 might work. Won't know till you try it. What are you going to lubricate the patches with?
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The rifle is a Lyman deerstalker (50cal)

I'm using prelubed patches
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Well, you have 'em, so try 'em. See what you get. If it's no good, then get a thicker patch. I'd probably go to a 015 and see what that does, if the 010's aren't looking good. That's a pretty thin patch, but if you already got 'em, won't hurt to try 'em.
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Get yourself some .018 pillow ticking and lube and cut the patch yourself. Both my flintlocks seem to like the patching that I have to cut better than the precut ones. Why that is I don't know or understand, but that is my observation.

If you've got shallow groove rifling, then the. 010 might work well enough for you. If the rifling is deep cut, then I'd definitely try thicker patch material.
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Well, you have 'em, so try 'em. See what you get. If it's no good, then get a thicker patch. I'd probably go to a 015 and see what that does, if the 010's aren't looking good. That's a pretty thin patch, but if you already got 'em, won't hurt to try 'em.

Worse comes to worse he can use them for cleaning patches when at the range.
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