The fact that you are having issues means something is wrong. Continue to clean, lube and load the same way, and it is unlikely your results will get any better. The reason I suggested starting with a squeaky clean, oil free and dry barrel back in post #19 was to narrow down where the problem could be. If a clean, oil free and dry barrel eliminates your problem, it would mean that the problem is not with the gun, powder, cap or your cleaning process. It would point to what you are doing post cleaning for bore protection…..I've used pipe cleaners but never after the bore butter. With the patent breech I don't think my jag is getting down to the flash channel anyway. I just dry patch it twice then load. What do y'all use to protect your bore between uses if not some kind of lube or oil? Surely I don't have to clean it twice for every use... before and after shooting.
I personally would look at the the flash channel, there may be an obstruction that is causing things to get clogged.
A few years ago when I want to start using replacement powders to save my black for my flintlock, I started measuring nipple sizes, using wire bits. Apparently for black powder, the size that came up the oftenest, was, .028. Being concerned that it wouldn't be enough fire to ignite synthetics, I experimented by boring the hole out to .030. Did have a very few misfires so I opened it up to a .031 and that seemed to solve the problem. Then I acquired a used 45 caliber percussion that might have been shot five or six times or less. Upon shooting with a fairly decent charge, the hammer would rebound to the safety position. When I then measured the hole, it was, .039. I was amazed, everything I had read said that that was way oversize, but it worked surprisingly well except for rebounding the hammer. Anyway I bought a new nipple, and after measuring the hole, I boarded out to a .031. Haven't had a chance to shoot, cold weather is the problem, but I will soon. A paperclip is what I use when outshooting, to be certain the next shot will work. But there are different sizes of paperclips, and the small ones like I use are pretty small diameter. I do have some large paperclips that probably wouldn't work. Now I'm going to take a mike and measure those paperclips.I'm new so I have a lot to learn. I have a Traditions Crockett 32, using Pyrodex P FFF with a #10 or 11 cap. My problem is my nipple is getting clogged quick. If I wait 3 shots I have to use the #11 caps just to make it go off without hang firing, and you can't even force the pick through at that point. A standard paperclip will go through the hole when it's clean and from what I've read, that's the right diameter. Is this normal?