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Repetition, Repetition, Repeti.............

Sooooo... let me tell you a story. I have owned my first M/L for about a week now and I'm learning fast. A friend advised me to swab the bore after each shot with a dry patch. Yesterday I did and as most of you can guess the rod became stuck. Stuck in such a way as to make my father proud.(I was always taught to do something do it to the best of my abilities). After several unsucessful attempts at dislodging I finally wraped the end of the rod with leather and placed it in the vice, I know ...I know bad idea, but I was in a modified state of panic(opening day drawing near). As I began to apply a tremendous ammount of force the patched end pulled off, WHOLY CRAP, leaving me with a pointed stick and a deep sense of stupidity (I can almost see the all too familure site of my father shaking his head and groaning "boy you could tear-up an anvil with a feather"). After much thought I decided to jamb the rod back inside the barrel in an attempt to reattach it to the lodges end piece, which felt like a snug fit. I then poured about an ounce of #13 down the barrel and after a few minutes was able to pull out the the entire rod, Yee Haw!(See Dad, I'm not the dullest knife in the drawer after all). So my question is what is everyones shooting sequence? Should I swab between shots of so with what (I know not a dry patch)? I know repetition at each shot will make for better accuracy and fewer mistakes( You know, as you're pushing that patched ball down and realize there's no powder below it, Doh!!) OK fellas educate me.
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Re: Repetition, Repetition, Repeti.............

I swab after every 2 or 3 shots with cva quick clean patch then a dry patch!
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Re: Repetition, Repetition, Repeti.............

1 wet followed by 2 dry.Get a "T" handle for your rod.

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Re: Repetition, Repetition, Repeti.............

I clean after the third shot on the range... I use Butch's Black Powder solvent or TC's solvent. Will run as many patches down until they come out fairly white, then 2-3 dry ones.

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Re: Repetition, Repetition, Repeti.............

What 410-er said
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I drilled a smal hole through my rod,then put a nail through it to make a poor mans t handle.
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I use the pre-lubed cleaning patches, right now I have T17 by TC and Wonderlube 1000 by Traditions. First a single stroke straight top to bottom and remove, patch will be very black. Turn same patch over and give it a couple scrubs going from top to bottom, that side of the patch will only be gray. Finally a dry patch scrubbed to remove excess. You use 2 patches, 1 lubed, 1 dry. In non-hunting I do this after every shot. Loading will stay consistant and easy.

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all of the above plus you may want to get a "range rod". A rod used when target shooting etc. I have both brass for my mt rifles and fibreglass (48" long)for my long rifles. I pin the ends, drill through the end of the rod sideways and "pin" some will also epoxy and pin their ends. Get a T handle and all the goodies, Jag end for patches, worm for snagging lost patches and a screw for pulling balls.

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Re: Repetition, Repetition, Repeti.............

There are some guys who are much more experienced than I who say that if you have to swab between shots, your ball/patch combo is not tight enough. They recommend using a thicker patch,or larger diameter ball, or both, thus making a better seal, burning more of the load, and thus reducing fouling. They document going on woods walks and shooting in excess of 50 shots and never wiping.

I intend to fully test this soon, using some denim as patch material.
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My sequence is shoot clean,oil put away.
Try shooting with a spit patch.
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