T/C Penn. Hunter Carbine question
My flintlock experience is limited to the T/C Firestorm, so please forgive my ignorance in asking the following question...
I recently acquired a T/C Pennsylvania Hunter Carbine (always wanted one) with a few miles on it.
The bore looks decent as far as i can see, but i was troubled that the ramrod would not go all the way to the bottom of the barrel where i could see it through the touch hole.
If i stick a light in the touch hole, and look down from the muzzle it appears that there is a perfectly round shoulder where the diameter reduces quite a bit smaller than the .50 bore. Said shoulder is on the order of 1/2 to 3/4 inch from the touch hole / bottom of the barrel from what i can tell using ramrod to roughly measure.
I am used to cleaning my firestorm with removable breech plug where bore diameter is uniform all the way through, and the rod with jag passes all the way through.
It seems odd to me that the ramrod or cleaning rod with jag would bottom out before getting all the way to the bottom. I feared initially that the shoulder was/is a crud or corrosion ring. But when the cleaning rod is dropped and hits it, it has a very metallic sound, and when looking down at it from muzzle with backlight in touchhole, it sure looks perfectly round.
Is this by design?
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