Same here, It's a good practice starting out, but I too swab after every shot, and you develop a feel for a properly seated ball.I did early on, it just wore off. A small three sided file can make a mark well.
I swab pretty often and it’s no problem to feel when your ball is down. And you will quickly see how much of your rod is out.
Like he said...a LIGHT scratch is sufficient. It will pick up some color and be easier to see over time. IF...if you go too deep, you create a PERFECT spot for the rod to break off, nice and clean...and yea...you know how I know that.Years ago I would mark my rod with my normal load or in some cases a target load and hunting load. I would simple take my patch knife and hold it parallel to the muzzle and turn the ramrod to put a light score on the rod. You don't want a deep one or you could score it so it will break. What I did was more of a scratch, very light. After a couple of loadings it picked up enough grime and soot to show easy.
I do not like scratches or for sure a groove because of weakening the rod as said by others. I use the slick faced black electrical tape. Cut it so it is only about 1/4" wide and make the length so it goes around and then back on itself, but not so long that it layers the tape. Works for me.how do ya'll mark a ramrod for your load? I just mark a ring around it when the ball is seated. it that the way it was originally done?
ALL my rifles have a ring around the ramrod based on an "EMPTY BARREL, this way I can be sure that if the ring is "at the muzzle" IT IS EMPTY!how do ya'll mark a ramrod for your load? I just mark a ring around it when the ball is seated. it that the way it was originally done?
I like that. Safety is good. And after a few loads, you can tell when there is a double load etc. I think that I would use a dark stain ring to keep things original.ALL my rifles have a ring around the ramrod based on an "EMPTY BARREL, this way I can be sure that if the ring is "at the muzzle" IT IS EMPTY!
Why can't you use wooden rods ?Working with 4-H youth, we mark the range rod with tape at unloaded. We can't use wooden rods, and have a 60 grain max load, so if it is not unloaded there is about an inch space for a loaded round and 1/2" for a dry ball. We also only shoot round balls. Colored tape makes it easy for the RO to see load status.