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JaeBeah

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Welcome from a not soon enough ex-Californian and possibly your new neighbor!
Can we assume “.010” is your patch material?
That’s really thin. .018” ticking on up to .022” denim will hold up better.
Chase down your patches as you work up a pet load for each gun. Accuracy always suffers with torn patches.
It’s all part of the fun! A new barrel can rip up even thick patches and not shoot well.
This is a great place to find answers that de-mystify BP shooting which adds to the fun.
If you have a problem, chances are someone else has had the same issue in the last 300 years :dunno:
That’s exactly what I meant.
Thanks for the great advice! That’s part of the reason I joined.
No one that I know shoots BP, and the ones I have tried to get interested in it have passed in favor of high capacity black plastic stocked modern rifles. To each his own.

I have been practicing wood skills since I was a kid, and I have finally reached a point financially where I can start putting together my own historically correct shooting kit.

I have a heck of a time loading round balls with the thicker patches due to my arthritis, that’s why I was using the .010 wonder lube patches.

....and just incase it might help, I coat my round balls in Lee lube.

I can bring a small rubber mallet to start the round balls with a thicker patch and see how the accuracy is.
 

JaeBeah

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patch thickness will really vary with ball size and individual bore size too.
i have a TC Hawken .50 i shot yesterday and fought like crazy to load a .490 ball with a .018 ticking ball. made some patches from a 1000 thread count 100% cotton (pima cotton if you will :ghostly: ) that measures .0145. loaded easy and shot perfect. 45 yard offhand with 85g homemade fffg.
just play with different material until you find the best for your load.
That’s a great group for offhand!
Thanks again!
 

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about once a month the stars align, my body cooperates, my eyes focus, the winds are just right and my attention zero's!
the rest of the month my off hand shooting is more of a pattern than a group!:ghostly:
 

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I look at Porthill and Creston. We must be close neighbors!
Your up by that “ Simple Living” youtube channel family that has been building their homestead and posting their journey on YouTube. He is a retired Washington police officer. Looks like nice family

Think he is off of Porthill.

I am actually about an hour south of you in the Clark Fork area.
 

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Ok, heading out folks.
been good conversing with you all.
Have a great weekend.
 

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Your up by that “ Simple Living” youtube channel family that has been building their homestead and posting their journey on YouTube. He is a retired Washington police officer. Looks like nice family

Think he is off of Porthill.

I am actually about an hour south of you in the Clark Fork area.
too bad you aren't closer. there is a pretty good group out of CDL. and Blanchard.
 

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I am actually about an hour south of you in the Clark Fork area.

Whoooooooooooooooooooooooo! Clark Fork, eh? Figured powerfully in the saga of the Ice Age Floods, I recall. Watch out for massing of ice in and around Missoula...
 

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Whoooooooooooooooooooooooo! Clark Fork, eh? Figured powerfully in the saga of the Ice Age Floods, I recall. Watch out for massing of ice in and around Missoula...
LOL My farm is actually on top of an old glacier tailing!
 

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To be exact, it rests over the “Lateral Moraine” of an old glacier....which in practical terms translates to every trench dug hits boulders that range in size from pebbles to bowling ball size with a few suv size!
 

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To be exact, it rests over the “Lateral Moraine” of an old glacier....which in practical terms translates to every trench dug hits boulders that range in size from pebbles to bowling ball size with a few suv size!
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah - 'lateral moraine', NOW you're talkin'! My masters in remote sensing included a very detailed study of the Glacial Lake Missoula floods and post-event geomorphology. Thankfully, we spend at least a month most years in Oregon, where the Northern boundary - the Columbia River Gorge - is THE place to see the effects of five hundred cubic MILES of water heading to the sea. I often visualise Portland under 400 feet of water, as do many folks today, TBH ;) - here's the 'Big Pink' building with all but the top forty feet underwater....

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This is a friend at Crown point - imagine a wall of water level with the upper bank heights coming at you here...................................shibber................

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That’s exactly what I meant.
Thanks for the great advice! That’s part of the reason I joined.
No one that I know shoots BP, and the ones I have tried to get interested in it have passed in favor of high capacity black plastic stocked modern rifles. To each his own.

I have been practicing wood skills since I was a kid, and I have finally reached a point financially where I can start putting together my own historically correct shooting kit.

I have a heck of a time loading round balls with the thicker patches due to my arthritis, that’s why I was using the .010 wonder lube patches.

....and just incase it might help, I coat my round balls in Lee lube.

I can bring a small rubber mallet to start the round balls with a thicker patch and see how the accuracy is.
Re: arthritis; a short starter and palm pounder might help.
You can make them out of a golf ball, some dowel and a couple of 9mm or .38 spl cases.
Palm pounder is just a half a ladle of lead wrapped with leather.
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These short starters are hardwood balls, .38 spl cases and broken arrow shafts.
The hardest part is getting the Dimple in the case head.
It’s all fun
 

JaeBeah

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Re: arthritis; a short starter and palm pounder might help.
You can make them out of a golf ball, some dowel and a couple of 9mm or .38 spl cases.
Palm pounder is just a half a ladle of lead wrapped with leather.
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These short starters are hardwood balls, .38 spl cases and broken arrow shafts.
The hardest part is getting the Dimple in the case head.
It’s all fun
 

JaeBeah

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That’s great! I started on it! Poured the lead already, will pick up leather tomorrow.

thank you for the suggestion!
 

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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah - 'lateral moraine', NOW you're talkin'! My masters in remote sensing included a very detailed study of the Glacial Lake Missoula floods and post-event geomorphology. Thankfully, we spend at least a month most years in Oregon, where the Northern boundary - the Columbia River Gorge - is THE place to see the effects of five hundred cubic MILES of water heading to the sea. I often visualise Portland under 400 feet of water, as do many folks today, TBH ;) - here's the 'Big Pink' building with all but the top forty feet underwater....

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This is a friend at Crown point - imagine a wall of water level with the upper bank heights coming at you here...................................shibber................

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Lol! Love it!
 
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