I don't know if you directed your question to me or not but I chose a solid brass rod as close to the diameter of the jag as possible, don't remember exactly and I am to lazy to take them down to measure? LOL!Did you go hollow or solid brass?
I don't reccommend FG rods; as they wear, the glass fibre is exposed, and the exposed fibres will abrade the rifling in your muzzle very quickly. Only use them with a muzzle guide for this reason. A friend wore the last inch out of his rifeling in a couple of years; had to shorten the barrel a bit to restore accuracy. Get a plastic one (PVC welding rod) instead if you want a floppy rod. I have personally never used anything but wooden rods, and have never broken one in use. I have a sectional steel rod which I can drag out for exceptional uses, and use steel cleaning rods at home.I have NEVER broken a hickory ramrod, including the ancient one in my .32. If you are breaking a hickory ramrod it is my belief its your method that is the problem not the ramrod.
I don't know if you directed your question to me or not but I chose a solid brass rod as close to the diameter of the jag as possible, don't remember exactly and I am to lazy to take them down to measure? LOL!
You need a solid rod to drill and tap for your jag to screw into it. It is hard to tap a hollow rod in the center? One plus is it will age well and to me looks like it belongs on the rifles?
Wonder how the 3/16" delrin would work with a .45 42" barrel
Sorry i meant 5/16" but correct on the 7/16 size for range rod. Was gifted a complete 7/16", 48" delrin. It works ok but man that thing is "whippy". It is brass ended, glued, pinned and threaded for attachments. It is so flexible its sometimes hard to use. Reminds me of some CW movie scene where troops capture a negro soldier and beat him to death with their whippy steel ramrods!!!!I would pick the biggest diameter that would fit in your thimbles if you are going to use it in them, if your going to use it as a range rod I would get the biggest that will fit the bore, maybe 7/16 or so.
I used a fiberglass ramrod about 30 years ago. I was thrilled that I used a bore protector.Fiberglass can be very abrasive and can damage the crown so if you use it please buy a plastic or brass muzzle protector. I've had to recrown a number of barrels for customers because of them.
Fiberglass can be very abrasive and can damage the crown so if you use it please buy a plastic or brass muzzle protector. I've had to recrown a number of barrels for customers because of them.
This has been stated and repeated over and over here and throughout the Muzzleloading community. I first heard it over 40 years ago. It seemed logical to me and I accepted this bit of "wisdom". I never gave it much thought because I had no interest in fiberglass rods.
It has been proven otherwise and the testing has been discussed right here on the forum.
I have read some of the previous threads concerning the use of fiberglass ramrods and how their use will ruin a barrel. I don't understand how their use ruins a barrel. Where is the damage? Does a rifled barrel look different than a smoothbore that has been ruined by a fiberglass rod? Is it...www.muzzleloadingforum.com
I read #53 and #54 and I am confused? How do they prove anything? All I got was a opinion? Everyone has an opinion but opinions are not worth a thing without proof.
Read the first post here by Zonie.
Am I missing some factual evidence that would refute the bevel brothers test.
I realize that a number of our members don't like the NMLRA so they refuse to join it. Hopefully they won't mind me talking about the November 2008 issues Bevel Brothers column that they missed by not getting the magazine, but I thought it was quite interesting. Seems we all have heard about...www.muzzleloadingforum.com
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