Keel of a 40 ft sailboat.
See? We can't win. We're too anal about traditional for some. We're not anal enough for others.
I tried to find gunsmiths with no TB or...
Mine is about five pounds. Stiff but adequate for the purpose.
Hunting. Target for accuracy practice to improve hunting. Plinking for familiarity when hunting at various ranges and offhand shooting.
I cut with the ball flush with the muzzle. Or loading block.
I use strips torn to 1-3/8" wide for my .54
When I load shot wads and cards and form paper cups at the muzzle I use a short length of dowel slightly under bore size.
Wrap it in an old wool blanket. You can still get surplus (European) blankets for $35. Then you can make a cloak with a belt (or rope) and a...
We used to trailer down and sail the Choptank or Chester Rivers on the Eastern Shore in the spring for some dozens of years and that...
Someone used to sell sets of little mirrored discs you could drop down the bore.
I had an LED white "frosted" light on a sleeve just large enough...
As an infrequent but recurring pipe smoker I would think "Yes".
I don't want water anywhere near where I am casting balls.
What a beast! Very nice.
May it serve you well.
Only one bit of advice?
Use only real black powder. One that I actually never faltered from because there was no temptation to use anything but...
When I had a flintlock rifle built I went with cherry. My father-in-law was a cabinetmaker and in talking about wood with him he showed me some...
One serious oak blunderpotz in that first image!
And a beauty in the second.
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Spent a great deal of...
Smoothbores are a lot easier on patching than rifles.
Keep at it. They are delightful firearms to work with.
Like Skychief said: your rifles...
^^^ That. Metal don't grow back and you just got a shiny new piece - why wear it out on purpose if it doesn't need it.
Shouldn't hurt anything. An ounce of buckshot is the same to the barrel as an ounce of #6 shot.
I put a bit of card stock in the patchbox with the load the sights are regulated for and two balls for the benefit of whoever owns the rifle after...
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