If he's asking about the jag sticking out the way it is, I say no big deal. I see many guys at the range, and when hunting that have rods that stick out like this. On most guns, a rod that fits neatly under the barrel, will only leave an inch or slightly more of ramrod out of the bore when the ball is rammed home, or if using a jag when cleaning. Not too easy to get your hand around an inch of wood if the rod gets stuck in the bore from a tight cleaning patch, or if you need to pull a ball.
As to the need for a short starter, I for one say they are necessary. Yes, I've heard there is no real record of their use during colonial times, etc, but nowdays they're a popular and useful item. All it will take is one hard to load ball then you realize you need one. Sometimes you just can't get enough leverage on a tight fitting ball with just the ram rod to pop it into the bore. The knob on the short starter does the trick.
Last edited by Blue Bird; 03-07-2017 at 12:54 PM.