Bought my first smooth bore at friendship this past Wednesday. Mr. Tip Curtis was kind enough to sell me a British Fowler 20 ga. Well it turns out that the muzzle measures 0.573 across which is just short of the typical 0.579 of a 24 ga. I figured I would have to be satisfied with the 24 After I got home and measured the muzzle so I purchased some 24ga. 0.562 round balls and patched them with 0.010 ticking. When starting they were tight, just beyond thumb tight, needed a starter. But, after the first three inches they could be pushed down just by the weight of the wood ramrod. Same with a doubled cloth cleaning patch, forced in but then easy and no resistance. Same coming back out until three inches from the muzzle. Then it’s a real tug to get the rod and patches back out. This is my first post here and I was wondering if any one has heard of a barrel which may not have been reamed the entirety of it’s length. My group size is about 2 feet. All over the place no matter if I just patch, (up to 0.018 but got it to go) or patch with tow over the powder. Have tried Tips phone number I got from his son Tippy. Nothing yet. In the mean time I wondered if anyone has heard of this problem.