The original Rammer on my ca. 1975 Pedersoli Brown Bess Carbine had a two piece construction and the "button" was poorly soldered in place and came loose in the 1980's. I took it into the shop and during free time, got help from our machinists on setting it up in a lathe so the end wouldn't bend out of shape while turning. Then I got distracted by another Marine, hit the wrong lever and watched in horror as the lathe cut the rammer too short before I could stop it.Has anyone bought a G. Godwin Brown Bess ramrod?
Just need to know the diameter and thread pitch of the threaded end.
That's because they are out in trucks driving from event to event, and when they are not driving they are processing credit/debit card orders.I sent Godwin an email 5-6 days ago.....some of these companies aren't very responsive.
The trouble with the factory rods may be the heads/buttons were soldered on with some kind of soft solder, though I don't know which. If they had actually been brazed or "silver brazed aka silver soldered," then you would see a brass looking ring around the joint. I silver soldered a few heads/buttons back on with higher temp silver solder and they never came loose again.Thank You but my goal is to upgrade from the Pedersoli, just to do it , and keep the current ramrod as a spare.
I dont really need it , the factory one works. I just read a lot about the brazed on heads failing and everyone's like, if you actually plan to live fire a lot get a made in USA ramrod.
Getting one from Dixie can be an iffy matter. At one time I tried to negotiate supplying these rods to them. A relative had a commercial machine business and could make them. But DGW only wanted to purchase a couple at a time. They didn't want to buy in any quantity. That made the arrangement unprofitable. I got the impression they are on a constant search for suppliers. BTW, the rod on my ca. Navy Arms/Ped. BB kit has a one piece steel rod. No issue of button falling off. But, I suspect expensive to make.There must be such a ramrod available from Dixie Gun Works!?
Back when one could still occasionally get a good deal on original M1842 Musket Worms, I bought them and ran a tap through them for different screw threads that matched the Steel Rammers folks were using. I also advertised this as a service when I was doing repair work at the NSSA Spring and Fall National Championships. This because Original Worms didn't fit anything else but Original Steel Rammers.Thank You all for the info, I got one from Lodgewood . It's a little thinner and just a hair shorter which is actually good , for both. It is secure in the channel but comes out easier.
It is threaded for something that fits no accessory I have so taking a shot in the dark I spent $15 on an original 1816-1842 wiper worm. Worst case, it don't fit, I have a neat period "curio".