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FOR SALE Pedersoli Kentucky Rifle ramrod

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OldSmoky1967

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Hello, I have a Pedersoli Kentucky model with a broken ramrod. I bought it that way, just did not know it. lol Does anyone know the right size? It is 35 1/2" long and looks to be 3/8"?
 
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What model Pedersoli do you have? There's guys out there building ram rods to your specifications. I've been hot to replace my factory ram rod with a solid brass rod with jag fittings on one end and threaded for a removable range handle on the other.
 

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What model Pedersoli do you have? There's guys out there building ram rods to your specifications. I've been hot to replace my factory ram rod with a solid brass rod with jag fittings on one end and threaded for a removable range handle on the other.
Thank you. I just edited my post. I thought I included that info. It is the Pedersoli Kentucky Percussion rifle.
 

Steve Martin

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You are absolutely right and I stand corrected. I'm used to U.S. made flintlocks but Pedersoli being Italian they used metric measurements! Sorry for the mistake. You could of course turn down a 3/8" rod to 9mm if that's something the OP was interested in doing.
 

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Steve Martin, You may well be right about the 3/8” for the Kentucky. I don’t know about it for sure. I purchased an extra from TOTW for my Blue Ridge .54, and it was one of the “special” ones they rarely have already made, and it is specifically 9mm, and specifically for the Pedersoli Frontier or Blue Ridge. It fits perfectly. I saw several different ones for various Pedersolis, Lyman GPRs, T/C, etc., but I don’t believe I saw one that specifically said “Pedersoli Kentucky rifle.” I have been happy with the several I have bought (many of which were unstained and uncut to size, for me to work on).
 

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I have a .36 caliber Frontier percussion and it's ramrod is 8mm (0.315" or 5/16") in diameter and 39" long.
 

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What model Pedersoli do you have? There's guys out there building ram rods to your specifications. I've been hot to replace my factory ram rod with a solid brass rod with jag fittings on one end and threaded for a removable range handle on the other.
I’ve made ram rods out of brass and found them lacking in several ways. For one thing they are heavy, secondly they are easily bent they tend to stay that way. Same can be said for stainless steel although it is less easily bent beyond it’s modulus of elasticity. Titanium alloy 6AL4V aka grade 5 is by far the best ramrod material I have found. Lighter than brass or stainless, tough to bend to begin with and with a modulus of elasticity beyond belief, and, extremely slick so it doesn’t abrade the muzzle. The only drawback is threading requires relatively expensive GROUND taps and dies. Cut taps and dies just won’t work. Oh yeah, and the initial cost of the titanium, about $100 for a 5/16 rod 4 ft. long.
 
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Full disclosure - I have purchased and/or made various wooden and delrin or fiberglass ramrods myself, so I am not a “hater” (just a “teaser”). :)
 

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Any thoughts on carbon fiber ram rods? I know they're not period correct but I'm looking for something that will just do the job flawlessly with a minimum of negative points.
 

OldSmoky1967

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Any thoughts on carbon fiber ram rods? I know they're not period correct but I'm looking for something that will just do the job flawlessly with a minimum of negative points.
Carbon fiber, or fiberglass rods are fine, just not period correct, as you said. :)
 

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I'll chime in again on this for what it's worth...The ramrod for my Pedersoli Kentucky does turn out to be 9mm and that Pedersoli is a .45 caliber rifle in case that matters. Since I do not hunt but only target shoot my flintlocks at a local range for fun and relaxation, I have never used any of the wood ramrods on my four different guns (including my Brown Bess which has a steel rod but it is too flexible) - I have always used a steel Creedmore range rod (which has a nice bronze bore guide on it). Unless you need a ramrod out "in the field" for hunting or during reenacting I would never even try to use a wood rod, too many people have hurt themselves badly when the wood rod suddenly snaps off. I would prefer to simply have a "correct" wood rod in place on the gun (for looks) but not actually use it.
 
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