Same as longcruise here. I’m a big believer in muzzle polishing but never tried coning.Probably depends on the quality of the work. I've never coned or had it done. I do rework the crown on all my barrels and find the idea of coning intriguing but don't want to risk doing it.
You could try to find someone to file cone your rifle , it works if properly done and looks great .I don't suppose that anyone wants to sell or rent me their 54 cal coning tool? I only have one rifle to cone and thought I'd ask? Thanks.
What about regular rifles? I'm guessing the old timers just used a patch/ball combo that was tight enough to start with their thumb?They were not coned. People think filing the grooves to the muzzle is coning, but it's not. The coning tools used today allow shooters to use oversize ball / patch combinations without a short starter that were not used in the old days. Friendship shooters began using such combinations in the early years of the NMLRA. In the old days accurate target rifles were choked to improve accuracy just like the slug rifles used today.
They were. The dearth of short starters in original shooting bags and the ball size of molds found with original rifles bears this out.What about regular rifles? I'm guessing the old timers just used a patch/ball combo that was tight enough to start with their thumb?
He is still up and above the ground when I was chatting with him a couple weeks back. Yes, he still has the coning tools and is making them. You should be able to find him on the web or here under the name of Flintsteel. He still checks out the forums, too.How is Joe? Is he still making them? Heard he was under the weather. I need a.54 Coning tool.