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Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Southeast Pa 5D
I started out with .015" Ox Yoke prelubed, but I wasn't getting the result I am looking for. Groups were sporadic, nothing I would call consistant. I tried the over the powder patch that often works, but not much improvement.
Went to the Craft Store and picked up .018 pillow ticking, washed out the sizing, and cut some 1 1/2" patches, then lubed them with olive oil. Actually saw some improvement, and much easier loading without swabing between shots. Two ranges I got respectable groups with an occational flier, then like someone thru a light switch, blown patches and four to six inch groups. Doesn't make any sense.
I have a theory the natural lube covered the sharp rifling with the seasoning build up it makes, and the Murphy's Oil Soap water bath along with the olive oil removed it. Groups had been getting decent, then went the other way. Even tried both .530, and .535 ball with the same result. Even tried a comparison shoot with one of my other flinters and that shot a five shot one ragged hole group((3/4").
I have xxxx steel wool on hand for polishing my frizzens, so your method is up next. Really hoping I manage to straighten it out before the after Xmas season. Thanks.
Remember.... they're full time deer......we're part time hunters!
Last edited by flintlock hunter; 12-08-2019 at 07:52 AM.