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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-29-2017, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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About these patches!?!

I'm wondering why my patches wind up with these tiny holes in them? They're .018" pillow ticking which I use with .49" round balls. Apparently whatever is causing this, doesn't matter that much because the grouping at 50 yards isn't bad at all. In fact I'm quite pleased with the results. I was using .010" patches last weekend, and was all over the paper. These .018" ticking patches made all the difference in the world. I'm just wondering what these little holes mean... insight anyone??
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-29-2017, 07:28 PM
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new barrel?
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No, not a new barrel. Same one that came with the gun...

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what kind of gun, barrel etc....

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Lyman Deerstalker with a 1 in 48 rifling twist. It's a carbine size rifle.

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try a .015 patch since you came up from .010 maybe, look tight....might be ripping as you ram it down....
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my T/C hawken liked .015 patches and was a 1/48 twist....

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I always lap a bore when I buy a "new to me" gun.Could even tighten your groups up more.Lymans tend to like .018-.020 patches.

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How new is the barrel, how many shots fired through it? It could have a sharp spot on one of the lands from the boring process. Maybe the patch is getting torn on this spot when its rammed home, etc. I'm sure over time these little tears will go away if its a case of a burr or something like that in the barrel.

Since your gun is grouping well, I wouldn't waste too much time fretting over the holes in the patch.
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Thanks for the insight guys.

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