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    Is there a way to convert different powder grains?

    How did we all survive back then?
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    Minnie Ball Stuck 1861 Springfield

    It must require quite a bit of grease to do this with a muzzleloading rife. And wouldn’t the subsequent powder charge get caught in all that bore-slime and not properly fill the breech? (without a funnel drop tube)
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    Fire swaging a cylindrical into a hexagonal

    A pic is worth 1000 words! That must be a flat bottom bullet
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    Identify this mould?

    Along with my Whitworth was included some miscellaneous accessories, including 1 of these hexagonal bullets with a cupped base. It measures .441 flat to flat, .466 corner to corner and the bottom cup is .143 deep. I expect it was intended for paper patching because it would probably fall down a...
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    Fire swaging a cylindrical into a hexagonal

    Hello all. I have another question regarding loading a Whitworth. It is well demonstrated that a cylindrical bullet be obturated into a hexagon by the energy of the exploding powder. But….does this require a cupped or hollow base or does it still work with a flat bottomed projectile? Regards
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    Minnie Ball Stuck 1861 Springfield

    A drill bit is the way I’d go if other methods don’t work. Something like a 14mm bit affixed to a rod with a muzzle protector to keep it centred in the bore. Pour a bit of oil in the barrel first to help the drilling. Put the other end of the rod in an electric drill and it shouldn’t take much...
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    I finally own a Whitworth

    As far as I can tell you: The Whitworth rifle and Volunteer rifles was built on the “frame” of the military service rifle musket of the time, the 1853 Enfield .577 caliber. The shape of the lock, the rifle stock etc…all about the same. The Whitworth used a mechanically fitting bullet to mate...
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    Questions for Whitworth and Volunteer owners

    Many thanks gentlemen:thumb:
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    Asking for experienced advice on revolver wear n tear

    Slam cocking…a good name. Mid twentieth century B grade westerns put a lot of unrealistic crap in the public imagination. When I was a teenager I ruined my Italian made ‘51 Navy try to emulate what my fictional heroes did.
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    I finally own a Whitworth

    You gentlemen are gracious with your advice. Hopefully I’ll be able to get to the range middle of next week to begin learning how to use it. I’ll just have to begin with the shooting supplies that came with it and the iron sights. At what distance should a Whitworth be sighted-in?
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    I finally own a Whitworth

    Thank you. 10/32 is the ramrod thread I’m guessing? And where would the ramrod accessories be sold? (Bore brush, mop, ball puller) as they would be female threaded (I don’t remember ever seeing such)
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    I finally own a Whitworth

    He has a slick sided .441 hollow base available that I’m considering. Of course I’d have to learn how to paper patch. What is that awl-looking tool for? I’ve only ever used Lee type moulds
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    I finally own a Whitworth

    I‘m glad you mentioned that! I like to get inside there with a pipe cleaner and ear bud but I don’t want to mess with it!
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    I finally own a Whitworth

    Does anyone know what thread size is on the male end of the ramrod? And what size the little clean out screw is? I tried removing it for cleaning and it won’t budge and I can see I did burr the slot a little bit. If I mess it up and have to replace it I’d like to know what I could substitute for.
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    I finally own a Whitworth

    Thanks mate. I live in Queensland Australia. The L.E.M. seems the pick of the litter so far, though it seems like it would be slow.
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