Patch, And Ball Size Suggestions?

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  1. May 13, 2019 #41

    Grenadier1758

    Grenadier1758

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    According to the Wikipedia entry:

    A grain is a unit of measurement of mass, and in the troy weight, avoirdupois, and Apothecaries' system, equal to exactly 64.79891 milligrams. It is nominally based upon the mass of a single virtual ideal seed of a cereal. From the Bronze Age into the Renaissance the average masses of wheat and barley grains were part of the legal definitions of units of mass. Rather, expressions such as "thirty-two grains of wheat, taken from the middle of the ear" appear to have been ritualistic formulas, essentially the premodern equivalent of legal boilerplate.[1]:27[2] Another source states that it was defined as the weight needed for 252.458 units to balance a cubic inch of distilled water at 30 inches of mercury pressure and 62 degrees Fahrenheit for both the air and water.[3] Another book states that Captain Henry Kater, of the British Standards Commission, arrived at this value experimentally.[4]

    The grain was the legal foundation of traditional English weight systems,[5] and is the only unit that is equal throughout the troy, avoirdupois, and apothecaries' systems of mass.[6]:C-6 The unit was based on the weight of a single grain of barley, considered equivalent to 1 1⁄3 grains of wheat.[5][7]:95 The fundamental unit of the pre-1527 English weight system known as Tower weights, was a different sort of grain known as the "wheat grain".[8] The Tower wheat grain was defined as exactly 45⁄64 of a troy grain.[1]:74 ​

    My powder measure is calibrated in grains based on the mass of that volume of 2fg GOEX Black Powder.
     
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  2. May 20, 2019 #42

    bprflmkr

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    I have that exact same rifle. For short range target work 3f or pyrodex p at a 40 grain charge works great. That fast rate of spin actually allows down to about 20 grain. Makes for good plinking all day without a sore shoulder. When you decide to up it I’ve used up to 80, but after that it starts looking like a shotgun pattern. If I used a .495 instead of a .490 ball it might tighten up some, but it starts kicking a little. Those things don’t have any weight compared to a wood stocked gun. Starts hurting after a while. I took the butt plate off and cleaned out some of the foam they filled the stock with and dumped in some lead shot in a ziplock bag. That helps to dampen the recoil down some. For patches I just run to Walmart and grab a swatch of pillow ticking out of the fabric section and soak them in a lube made with olive oil, Murphy oil soap, crisco, and beeswax.
     
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