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  1. DuncNZ

    Tow Alternatives

    I buy plumbers tow from the plumbing section of my hardware store , The coarser the fibres feel the better they are at scraping the crud off the bore . It washes clean after use .
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    Happy New Year

    Yepper. 1st ml shoot of the year. Looking forward to it.
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    Happy New Year

    It is now 12:01 here in the South Pacific so I am writing this in 2024 , some what in your future . I hope you have a happy , safe and successful 2024 . Here in New Zealand we are hoping for cheaper powder , more available caps , and that the new government will make the laws regarding the...
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    I make my own stock wax with a mix of yellow bees wax and enough artists grade linseed oil to make a paste. I do the same for leather treatment with neetsfoot oil using bees wax to make a paste . Flaxseed oil found in health stores etc is high grade linseed oil.
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    Weighing Swaged Round Balls

    Voids are internal, cuts dimples ,marks etc are external. Many round ball shooters have experimented with weighed round balls. Myself included. I have found that by weighing balls and sorting into batches of the same or very close weight ,accuracy can be improved over unweighed balls or ones...
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    Wondering about ramrods

    I think the steel ramrods on military firearms was to enable loads to be hammered down fouled bores .
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    Wondering about ramrods

    I have always been intrigued by old photos of ml shooters standing around at a shoot with a ramrod sticking out of the stock or barrel of their long rifles , by a hand length more. And that the rods never seemed to be dead straight.
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    Origional Whitworth Rifle Sold

    Actually I believe another 17% Should be added as a Broker's fee. You would have to live in New Zealand as it has historic significance and is illegal to export.
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    Origional Whitworth Rifle Sold

    At a recent Militaria Auction here in New Zealand, an origional Whitworth rifle was sold for $4600 US . These rifles were used by the British army here in New Zealand in the 1840's . This is the catalogue description and is all I know about the rifle . .45 caliber Whitworth Muzzle Loading...
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    Hello from Nelson NZ

    Welcome . Marlborough has our round ball championship on the 19th November. I hope to see you there. Cheers Dunc
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    The British Pattern 1776 rifle was ordered with a coned barrel . From De Witt Bailey's book "British Military Flintlock Rifles: pages 199-200 " Lands .630" Grooves .650" The muzzle is relieved for about 1" with .690 grooves and .650" lands . The fact that the Military ordered these rifles...
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    Getting ready to shoot a matchlock as a newbie

    In my experience a nice cone shaped coal is the ideal. It has a larger glowing area than a flat ended coal. The cone is also less likely to go out. I have never had a failure to fire unless the match has fallen out of the jaws . If you have a failure to fire don't get your arm or hand in front...
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    Building me a N.W. tradegun. Again ! :D

    I use what ever I use as a stock finish. I also place a note under the butt plate of any, new to me, firearm about who made it and when it was made ,loads etc . I have found notes and especially shop receipts under the butt plates of a few antique firearms . It all adds to the story
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    Building me a N.W. tradegun. Again ! :D

    Don't forget under the butt plate. Any end grain area needs extra treatment, it's where splits start and when just sucks up moisture.
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    What kind of stuff do you all read?

    Maybe one should talk about fiction and nonfiction. Novels were certainly Novel when they first came along.