In an open breached firearm such as a traditional muzzleloader the use of smokeless is full of potential dangers.The powder in a .22 long rifle will ignite and burn fast enough to blow out a stuck .490 ball, don't try to tell someone how do do anything that you don't know about how it works snowflake.
RJWe're not kids anymore? Myself, I left playing games with smokeless powder behind when I was a teenager. There's no way I would use smokeless powder in a muzzleloading barrel, the steel in most modern barrels IS NOT smokeless rated, certified, gun barrel grade steel. The Gunner's Mate tool in the proper caliber for your rifle is going to be the best $65.00 that you ever spent on your gun. It's heirloom quality, and worth every penny.
People that wouldn't think twice about spending $65.00 on a Leatherman tool will complain mightily about ANYTHING costing $65.00 for their muzzleloader.
As soon as I saw Dave Crissalli's Gunner's Mate tool in a thread on ALR several years ago, I instantly knew that as soon as I was in the process of getting a new muzzleloader, flint or percussion, I would invest in one. It's been on every list I have made since I first saw it. Don't have the rifle yet, but when I do it will be one of the first things I buy. Before the first shot is ever fired. PRIMARILY, because of its ability to get a dry ball out of a barrel while out in the field, WITHOUT the need for a steel-shafted range rod.
The KEY to the Gunner's Mate's ability to do this with ordinary hickory ramrods is the caliber specific bore adapters that keep the entire assembly centered in the barrel's bore. Allowing a shooter to drill a perfectly centered hole through the ball, and then thread the screw into the ball without the screw wandering off course. With the solid brass T-handle attached to the ramrod with precision STEEL threads, and ONLY turning the T-handle/ramrod/tool assembly w/ball screw in a CLOCKWISE direction; a shooter can be assured of removing a stuck/dry ball without having to go back home.
You are welcome.RJ
Great info to a new-bee like me. Owning 3 muzzle loader one being a pistol, I found the site you spoke of and ordered the kit and extra rod for the pistol. Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. And no worries on doing damage to the guns. Quality looks excellent. Thumbs up thanks for posting it !!