- Jan 27, 2008
- Reaction score
- Republic mo
Exactly right. A wooden rod used right won’t break. And delrin becomes unnecessary. Use knees to hold and both hands if needed for a short push. You shouldn’t be that tight, swab often, grasp close, push in short runs.Although Delrin is flexible, if the right method of ramming a patched roundball or bullet is used, it will work OK.
The thing that some people do that is totally wrong is to follow the method that's used in the movies.
They see the hero grab the ramrod up at the top and in one mighty thrust, he rams the ball down the bore. This is WRONG, WRONG, WRONG.
To properly use the ramrod, after the ball or bullet is started in the bore locate the ramrod on top of the projectile. Move your hand up about 1 foot above the muzzle, grab the ramrod and push it down until your hand hits the muzzle. Then move your hand up a foot on the exposed rod and ram it down again.
Keep on doing this until the ball or bullet is tightly seated on the powder and your done.
Doing it this way with a good ramrod that doesn't have grain breakout is safe and effective. It won't break a good wooden ramrod or bend a Delrin rod.