- Apr 4, 2010
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Britts ... not sure I am tracking with you here. As with rifles, if you patch a ball in the smoothy ... from a spit or lubed strip of cloth ... after thumbing the ball surrounded by this cloth into the bore ... followed by cutting off the excess ... this is as purrrrrfect a centered patch around a ball that can be.Many many don't get this phenomenon.
Also the danger of using a patch in a smooth bore is if the patch is not centered perfectly an unequal force can be applied to the ball by the cloth impacting the ball exactly on emerging from the bore.
Or did I miss-interpret your post?
I do know that for some reason ... in my experience patching balls for my own smoothy (20 gauge) ... that for every three shots at the 50 yard mark ... I get two touching and a third around 2.5 or 3 inch away ... still good enough for even small deer but ... that flyer always burns my hind quarters. Might just be as you say.
My wadded bare balls get the very same trouble ... two in practically the same hole and one that nets me 2.5 to 3 inch groups.