Shooting my Kibler Southern Mountain Rifle

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I spent the day working up a load using a .440 RB over various thicknesses of patches and lubes and Goex 3F.

My best group was with 50 grains Goex 3F and .017 cotton drill cloth. I got a 3" group at 25 yards. I know I can get tighter groups. I'm going to try a .445 RB and maybe a .020 patch.

I shot somewhere around 30 rounds. I used one if Kiblers Amber Flints. The lock is very fast. I got ignition every time but once toward the end when the Flint and Frizzen was dirty. A quick wipe and she fired.

Here's some videos of me shooting some steel targets 25 and 50 yards.


 

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The rifle should shoot one hole groups off the bench at 25yds. A thicker patch will help. Also wiping the flint and frizzen every shot will help ignition. The fouling acts like a lubricant, and the flint doesn't "bite" the frizzen. Personally I prefer a smaller ball and thicker patch instead of a larger ball. Makes loading easier and still fills the grooves.
 

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The rifle should shoot one hole groups off the bench at 25yds. A thicker patch will help. Also wiping the flint and frizzen every shot will help ignition. The fouling acts like a lubricant, and the flint doesn't "bite" the frizzen. Personally I prefer a smaller ball and thicker patch instead of a larger ball. Makes loading easier and still fills the grooves.
Thanks for the encouraging words. I'll try a thicker patch.
 

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What do your shot patches look like? Sounds like you need a little scrubbing with a piece of green scotch bright pad and a little oil to take the new out of your barrel.
 

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What do your shot patches look like? Sounds like you need a little scrubbing with a piece of green scotch bright pad and a little oil to take the new out of your barrel.
They actually look pretty good but I am going to try a thicker patch next time.

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This is the 50yd.(Rice barrel benched) 1st 5 shots out of my Kibler Colonial .58. First shot went high. It was the clean barrel shot. You should get something similar from your .45. I was so amazed that I stopped and took the picture. .562 ball, square canvas patch, 9+ lube, estimated 85gr. 2F load. Wish I could do that offhand. ;)

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I'm definitely going to try a thicker patch first.
My Rice barreled SMR settled in on .440 ball, .022 denim patch and 50 gn 3fff
I’m SO happy with my Kibler I bought 2 Colonials and I’m on the list for 2 new Fowlers !!
 

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FYI: My .58 Colonial weighs 8.6lbs. Any smaller caliber will be heavier.
 

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My Rice barreled SMR settled in on .440 ball, .022 denim patch and 50 gn 3fff
I’m SO happy with my Kibler I bought 2 Colonials and I’m on the list for 2 new Fowlers !!
Thanks I have some .020. Denim, good idea I'll try that.
 

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Thanks I have some .020. Denim, good idea I'll try that.
I've been working on loads for mine also. Right now I'm using .440 balls, 3f Ode E, Hoppe"s patch lube, and some canvas patching material that is between .021-.023 (depending how hard you press it). Looks like 50 to 55 grains is going to be my charge. Just need to shoot them some more. I have done some smoothing on the crown, so there are no hard edges per some recomendations. This helps when loading with the thicker patches. I clover leafed 3 shots yesterday with the 55 grain load.
 

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I've been working on loads for mine also. Right now I'm using .440 balls, 3f Ode E, Hoppe"s patch lube, and some canvas patching material that is between .021-.023 (depending how hard you press it). Looks like 50 to 55 grains is going to be my charge. Just need to shoot them some more. I have done some smoothing on the crown, so there are no hard edges per some recomendations. This helps when loading with the thicker patches. I clover leafed 3 shots yesterday with the 55 grain load.
I compress it as hard as I can when taking a read and call it that. Clover leaf is what we want!
 
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