My Starter :)

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  1. Dec 23, 2019 #1

    Smokey Plainsman

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    Guys I decided to make a period ball starter based on an original found in a shooting pouch from the plains rifle era. This starter can be seen in Charles E. Hanson Jr.’s book, The Plains Rifle. It’s of a simple design:
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    The handle is from a 1” hardwood dowel from Home Depot. The tips are of good 3/8” hickory dowels and have been cupped for a roundball and fire hardened for strength. I finished with some Fiebing’s leather dye and TruOil. I made this for my .40 caliber halfstock percussion rifle and it should make a great addition to my pouch.

    Just thought I’d share, gang! :)

    -Smokey
     
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    Man, that is awesome!!!
     
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    It is much better looking than I've made. Nice work. Thanks for listing the materials used.
     
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    Smokey, Thanks for sharing that. I like the homemade aspect. It would look great on a pouch strap or be small enough to fit in a bag.

    Jeff
     
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    Nice!! Glad you made something work!
     
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    Why do you need a starter?

    I have a thumb and a knife butt works good. In a loading block the starter is the ram rod.

    Only time I used a starter was in my bench/buff rifle to start the oversized ball for the bore into the false muzzle. All others I have never had a starter.
     
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    Nice job Smokey. :thumb:
     
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    Great minds;), powder measure also
     

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    Tenn, did you whittle that out of one solid piece ?
    Very nice by the way.
     
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    Okay so I was having quite a lot of the Fiebings bleeding off. No doubt I applied too much. I just wiped it down with some denatured alcohol, bronze wool, and paper towels (properly disposed of!) and it lightened the wood some. I decided then to use my trusty bic lighter and lightly darken the wood on different spots, giving it an aged look. Boy I like it even more now! Then I put a layer of Johnson’s paste wax on it and boy guys, she’s shinin’ now! :)

    As some of you may know I’m not much of a builder but I found this a fun little project. My next project is to attach a worm to a ramrod tip, but you guys already gave me plenty of directions on how.

    Thanks all! :)
     
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    Yup, piece of hickory fire wood, sanded smooth about 3/4 inch, the whittled the bottom, stained with birch wood Casey and old English. I use it with my TFC and usually don’t need it. I use it as a measure and PRB on the forth or fifth shot in a string. It gets tight even with a swab between shots
     
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    Nice!
     
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    Nice work Smokey.
     
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    Thanks, all! Here is the starter along with my rifle and other possibles:
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    Hi, Smokey, I really like that rabbit call at the bottom of your gear, I've used one for years.
     
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    It looks good to me except I think I would like the top end to be a lot wider to make it easier on my rather soft right hand. For my own short starter I used a doorknob from a sunken river boat as I did on the ram rod.One unplanned forad vantage of the door knob was that when aim and I had left the rod in the bore I couldn't miss seeing it was in the way.
    I would need some instruction on "fire hardening" Ant thing I inflicted on a piece of wood would probably turn it into kindling.

    Dutch
     
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    Nice equipment. I see you have the same wonderful capper I used. Did you make the , I assume, leather ball bag?
    I didn't do anything as neat as yours. My powder flask was in the shape and color of a fish and my lead ball container was in the shape a turtle with a raise head and neck. When you pushed down on his head the body would tilt up and a ball would roll out into my hand.
    It wasn't period correct but it pleased me.
    Dutch
     
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    Our fellow member Cutfingers made the the ball bag, I really like it!
     

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