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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-25-2015, 03:40 AM Thread Starter
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Patches

After shooting my new to me flintlock, I've recovered many of the patches down range. What should these look like so I know that I'm getting the best performance possible? Or rather what shouldn't they look like?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-25-2015, 09:36 AM
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Re: Patches

Mine always look like they could be shot again. Look for holes in the fabric weave. Lube makes a big difference. I use Mink Oil from Track for hunting and Hoppe #9 patch/solvent at the range.

A small ball of wasps nest under the ball can protect it and seal the bore with thin patches.
Use the largest ball and thinnest patch that will hold together for best accuracy. By looking at the spent patch you can tell if gases are leaking by the grooves.
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Re: Patches

Like Mossie said,other than discolored they should look like you could use them again.No holes or tears that would let the gasses around the ball.(blowby)

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Re: Patches

Hmm so mine are frayed around the edges. Just the edges though, no holes in the center. Is that blow by?
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Frayed around the edges is normal.You should see lines where the rifling engaged with the patch.Thats where you don't want holes.

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Ok thanks. I'll have to take a closer look at them to see the rifling. As is, the gun shoots darn good with the current setup. I'll tinker with it more in the off season.
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You should be getting 1 1/2" or less groups at 50yds.

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