I got kit for my muzzleloader with all the rod end attachemets. with the sabot attachement on my ramrod it sticks out longer than the barrel. should I take this attachment off every time I take a shot or is it safe to leave it on?
If it is below the bore so the bullet does not strike the attachment, it will fire without significant interference, however, the muzzle flash will spread fouling all over it.
The closer it is to the flight of the bullet the more likeli it is that the attachment could cause the bullet to fly erratically. We are talking less than a 1/4 inch below the flight of the bullet. Obviously a big 12 ga jag sticking up into the bore line is dangerous. But when it is just below, the attachment can cause the gases escaping from the muuzzle to spread at less than full 360 degree radius. that open spot in the 360 degree radius can pull the flight of the bullet slightly off. Think of it as being similar to having an off center crown on the muzzle. It won't necessarily cause loss of accuracy, but can if close enough under the bore. (And when there is a deer, you missed, give you the technical excuse you need for your buddies)
well its just a little brass attachment to make loading sabots easier. I dont think it will be an issue Ill leave it on the next time I shoot it. its kinda a neccesity because the sabot tips stick in the normal jag end.
I dont wanna carry it in a pocket and loose it.
It's not in the way of the bore so I'd leave it on. It gets dirty from muzzle blast? Cool! I have a .54 flinter and the ramrod sticks out about 3/4" inch beyond the muzzle because I keep a ramming attachment screwed in. No problems.
For purely asthetic reasons so as not to offend my fragile sensibilities, I prefer that the ramrod tip not extend beyond the muzzle. You must also understand that I'm getting pretty old, and like my joints, I'm not as flexible in my thinking as I used to be.
it wouldnt be on there if it wasnt needed. its just a sabot attachment. the sabot tip sticks in the normal rod end and makes it tricky to load. I dont wanna accidently pull the bullet back out a little when removing the rod and hurt my self.
When I load a gun in the field or the range, I usually have my ramrod tucked under my left arm. I measure the powder, seat the ball with a short starter and then grab my rod and ram it home. I'm like Bunky, I have a couple rods that extend out beyond the barrel if for no other reason than to give me a little more rod to grab hold of when I'm cleaning the barrel in the field.
For a rifle, sure, we all know we only need that one shot. But when I go small game hunting with my perc 12 ga double, I will be reloading several times and use a rod that sticks out two inches. I carry the 12 ga end in the shooting bag.