Hello all. I just bought my first BP rifle a month ago, the Pedersoli Traditional Hawken .50, and am having a great time learning the ropes with it. I'm already starting to plan my next rifle purchase and am heavily leaning toward one of the two primary CW muskets -- 1861 Springfield or P53 Enfield (Pedersoli, of course). But, it looks like Minie balls are either really expensive to buy pre-cast, and then need additional sizing and lubing, or I'd have to gear up to cast them myself (which I haven't ruled out). It seems like in the short term it would be a LOT cheaper and easier just to use .570 balls with the right thickness patch, while I figure out what to do to buy or cast Minies. HOW DO the .58 cal rifled muskets shoot with patched balls? With their really slow rifling I'd think they would do Ok, but can somebody with experience let me know how this combination has worked for them? Thanks . . . this forum has been a great help to me getting started in the long arm BP game.