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    How do you keep it clean?

    I've never used gloves. Just make sure your hands are clean and you will be fine. A gloved hand to me is not a hand I'd use for carving, etc. Too much chance a tool could slip etc.
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    Mold Question

    The way I differentiate molds is, the Lyman, Lee, etc are for use at home when a quantity of balls are required fast. For a leisure session around a campfire, the Callahan or other bag type molds are ideal. Makes for some activity when sitting around a campfire, rather than just staring at the...
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    The Rifle Shoppe

    After reading these stories, I've decided I'm just going to forget about my matchlock kit entirely. So one day I'll hopefully get a surprise package at my door, and then it'll hit me that it's the kit I've been waiting forever for. I'm not going to bug them about it. That'll lead to a rushed...
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    Poured some lead today.

    Nope, I never do. Simply stirring the molten lead will bring all the impurities to the surface. Ive come to the conclusion that fluxing lead is unnecessary. Next time you do it, watch the Flux. It immediately melts and catches fire. By the time you get to stirring the lead, the so called Flux...
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    How do you keep it clean?

    My stocks always wind up turning gray from handling, and using inletting black. Not to worry, it all comes clean with sand paper.
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    Tool question

    Nah, that's a beard comb. Makes nice cornrows.
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    thoughts from you guys?

    Our season opened last Saturday. I went out for a little while in the later afternoon. As expected, I was not able to see any squirrels. I could hear them in the treetops, but with the foliage so thick, it was impossible to get a glimpse of them. The weather has been much too hot and humid...
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    Large caliber

    When and if I ever get this matchlock kit I ordered from the Rifle Shoppe, it will be in .75 caliber. I plan to strictly fire round balls with it. Should be a beast with a load to push that golf ball with.
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    New Flintlocks

    Only kit I've built that had even the remotest of instructions, was my first, my TVM Lancaster. And those were only general assembly type instructions. The ins and outs of loading, firing, and cleaning were left to the builder to figure out. Fortunately for me, I already knew what I was doing in...
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    New Flintlocks

    This is why I put no faith in "reviews" of items online. I'd imagine 9 out of 10 negative reviews of a product stem from a person who buys something, doesn't read the manual, then trashes it when they can't get it to work properly. Much easier to save face by putting the blame on the product...
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    What am I doing wrong? (Cleaning)

    We have well water here, so no chlorine. Boiling your water I think would remove a lot of the chlorine try that.
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    Pillow ticking ?

    I used to use pillow ticking right from the store unwashed. I started soaking it in plain cold water the dry out on the clothes line. It did help to make the ticking a little less stiff. However, I noticed no difference in accuracy over either method of use.
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    Using a Patch Knife.

    I use strips of uncut pillow ticking in my .54 caliber guns. As others have said, start the ball in with the short nub of the starter until the ball is just below the muzzle, then trim off the excess with a knife. Any knife will work so long as it's sharp. I use the blade from my Gerber multi...
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    Why not just use the barrel the kit comes with, or just order a different kit, one that has a barrel with round bottom rifling? To me, putting a nicer barrel on a Traditions kit is like pouring powdered sugar on a turd and expecting it to taste better if you try to eat it. Just my opinion mind.
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    Large caliber

    .54 here as well. Everybody I know has a .45 or .50. I wanted something different. Plus, I wanted a little heavier ball for deer hunting. A good hit from the .54 and the deer goes down fast.