You must not have read this post in its entirety. Nobody is “soiling “ the name of this lube. Just stating facts. I’ve stated before I do like Mr Flintlock lube. Since I mainly use my rifles for hunting I cannot soak my patches as that could dampen my powder My guns may stay loaded for several days. I have used this lube for several years in other guns. While it may work great for you, one size does not fit all when it comes to muzzleloaders. Thank you for your interestMr. Flintlock is the greatest lube around.
Provided it is used liboriously to enlubern the patch, it WILL NOT produce burn thrus or other issues.
Please, DO NOT soil the name of Mr. Flintlock. It is the TOP muzzle loading flintlock lube ever made IMHO.
I see you obtained .530 dia balls. Try them with even thicker patches, say .025 or heavy denim. Some of our club members have had success with these combos. Especially with round groove barrels. BJHJust an update. One of the generous members on this site sent me some .535 round balls to try. While they shot just fine my patches are still shredded.
Im hesitant to add more lube as I see others do. I don’t want a wet patch on top of powder that may be loaded fir a day or more when I’m hunting.
I just got a tin of Mink oil to try. I doubt this will cure everything but I wanted to try it.
ive changed powder charges from 70-90 grains. No difference.
I’m gonna try steel wool in the bore again as I still have small holes in a circle around the patch. I’ve tried smoothing the muzzle already. I also loaded a ball two inches then pulled it out. No damage there. As for a firewall I did try a patch over the powder. That really didn’t do much.
I’ll keep trying but thought I’d keep y’all informed if you’re interested. Thanks again.View attachment 29491View attachment 29492
No I haven’t yet. Other than I did try an additional patch on top of the powder. I’m having a hard time remembering to bring corn meal when I shoot. Lol.I have kept my loads loaded for weeks with olive oil and bees wax, olive oil and candle wax and olive oil and beef fat.
No powder contamination at all.
You patches are not just burnt but totally destroyed!
Remind me please, did you try a fire wall?
I think my next test will be getting some RB smaller than.530. I haven’t tried patches thicker than pocket drill. I don’t know the thickness of that.Those holes are from sharp lands cutting the patch. Have you tried a smaller ball and thicker patch. Linen is a more durable material. I have a rifle that shredded cotton patches to look like pictures of your patches. Short term solution was linen from 100% flax, 0.015" thick. The linen patches didn't shred. Took about 5 years of shooting with that patch, and 0.445" ball before I could use cotton drill for patching. (I ran out of my tightly woven expensive linen.)
Thank you. I didn’t realize micrometers were that inexpensive. I guess I need one now. If nothing else just for curiosity. I tried denim patches from some old thin jeans. The load was very hard to push down to the bottom. I’ll make a trip to Joannes to see what they have. The lady that works there knows me by now.I'm a big fan of JoAnn's #40 pocket drill. I measure the washed drill at 0.017 to 0.018" thick. It will compress a bit to around 0.012" so its pretty good for use with most patch and ball combinations. Having said that, there are times when you need the extra thickness of a denim or canvas patch measuring 0.022" to 0.025" thick..
Pillow ticking runs generally 0.015" thick and mattress ticking runs a bit thicker, maybe 0.018". These are general measurements that really need to be verified by measurement. Harbor Freight has digital calipers often on sale for $10 and you can apply their coupon. Then also have a digital mechanical micrometer that is acceptable for our use. These tools just aren't that expensive and well worth having on hand. The caliper can measure thickness and also inside diameters.
Well, that proves no rough part in the barrel for the first 2 inches. Push a patch and ball all the way down. Then pull it with a ball puller. Might be some rough spot halfway down the barrel that you cant see. Could be cutting the patch when shot.I’ve tried smoothing the muzzle already. I also loaded a ball two inches then pulled it out. No damage there.