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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-16-2017, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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Washing pillow ticking...

Do you wash your pillow ticking before using it in your muzzleloaders? I've heard of people doing this. I personally don't. What is the advantage to washing it first?
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I hand wash and rinse to remove the stiff sizing.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-17-2017, 10:54 AM
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I have the Missus wash it twice then I get the Iron out and Iron it nice and flat. Then I cut circle patches from it. And, if you spit patch, you know right away if you haven`t got all the sizing out !!!!
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yes, I do them twice now and then spread them out to air dry. I put them inside a sock and tie it shut and put in the washer with my work cloths. they seem to take the lube better without the sizing.
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I donít wash mine. I cut it into strips then roll them up and soak in melted 2:1 mixture of deer tallow and coconut oil. Wring out the excess and cut into square patches when it cools.
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Pillow ticking is made of cotton. The thought behind washing it is that it will shrink (as all cotton does when washed) to it’s “final” size, and the fibers will be closer & tighter together because of the shrinkage. It is thought that the tighter fibers make a better barrier between the charge and the round ball.

I buy my ticking 1 sq yard at a time-a square yard lasts me a while, usually 2 years or so. I wash it in the wash machine with hot water, then run it thru the dryer. after that it goes in the “tackle box” & I cut strips off of it as needed.

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