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    2f vs 3f

    The fiddling and experimentation is part of the fun. Try it and see what works, just make sure to write your successes down. I currently fool with Grafs 3F, OE 2 and 1.5F, and Black MZ. I am not crazy about the rest of the subs on the market, so when the black MZ is gone (out of production so...
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    Fill it with Water and Pour it on the Yard

    Same solution for pyrodex? One session with that stuff was plenty.
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    I can’t see my sights

    As a lifelong sufferer from poor vision, please go get an eye exam. You may be able to easily correct your vision tremendously. I was having a really hard time seeing the sights and mentioned it to the eye doc. He indicated that my contact scrip had been set up with my left eye for distance...
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    Olde Eynsford 1.5fg Thread

    Just to add a data point, I had my T/C Hawken with a GM slow twist 50 barrel out today and tried OE 1.5F. This rifle shoots 3F Goex, 2F OE and Black MZ well as long as the charge is 70 grains. With a .490 ball and a .015 prelubed (wonderlube) patch, I got a softball sized group at 50 yards...
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    54 Cal Lyman GPR RB deer performance

    I shot a doe last year at about 50 yards with a 54 with a 24 inch barrel using a round ball and 110 grains of powder. I pulled the shot a bit or she moved as I fired and nicked one lung, half the liver and a kidney. The ball exited near the rear quarter. The entry wound was about the size of...
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    Gaaah! Help! Can't get stuck ball out

    Grenadier, I think those are all spot on.
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    Gaaah! Help! Can't get stuck ball out

    Unscrew the nipple. Screw in a 1/4-28 zerk. Attach a grease gun and start pumping. The one I bought was a lever action model rated to 6000 PSI. Getting the grease out is not fun. Lots of patches and mineral spirits.
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    Gaaah! Help! Can't get stuck ball out

    Rather than beat around the bush, it would be helpful to hear what you think the lessons are. I am all ears.
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    Gaaah! Help! Can't get stuck ball out

    So I think next time I would get a range for or similar and use a mallet to hammer the ball down on the powder so I could shoot it out. Other than that, what would you have done differently?
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    Gaaah! Help! Can't get stuck ball out

    I tossed the ball already, so no way to know. Oh well.
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    Gaaah! Help! Can't get stuck ball out

    Wheel weights come in two flavors. Clip on are about 3 percent antimony. Stick on are 99.5 percent or better pure lead. You separate the two and smelt them in different batches. The clip hard stuff I use for cartridge projectiles, the soft stick on I use for muzzleloader. My round balls...
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    Gaaah! Help! Can't get stuck ball out

    I caught some strong sunlight and looked down the barrel. One of the shiniest and cleanest looking I have ever seen. Looked new. So was this a lube failure? The patch was new and soaked with oil. The rifle prefers an over powder was and they look less well lubed than I would like. I think...
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    Gaaah! Help! Can't get stuck ball out

    The ball looks fine, although I did put what looks like a pinhole through it. A bit of rifling engraved on the sides, and that is it. The patch was still intact. Everything else came out embedded in a tidal wave of lithium grease, so who knows. I cleaned up the barrel with mineral spirits...
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    Gaaah! Help! Can't get stuck ball out

    Woohoo! Success. I was able to plug the hole in the ball with the puller and she came out. What an ordeal. That said, I feel very much like I have had a combination cheering session/brain trust along the way! Thanks very much, folks. Would not have gotten it out without the help. I assume...
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    Gaaah! Help! Can't get stuck ball out

    Very good idea. Will try that.
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