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Instead of a ball puller, invest in a CO2 discharger. The one I have has hardware for both percussion nipples and flintlock flash holes. I've seen rifling damaged by energetic use of a ball screw.


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Originally Posted by Hotrod_Lincoln
Instead of a ball puller, invest in a CO2 discharger. The one I have has hardware for both percussion nipples and flintlock flash holes. I've seen rifling damaged by energetic use of a ball screw.

Second this. Except when you are far-a-field, then you best have a ball puller and patch worm in your bag.


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The bad part is, when you do need to pull a load or patch, it’s often when you’ve been shooting, hence there is powder residue in the barrel.

If you look at the pan after firing you can watch that residue (AKA fouling) suck moisture right out of the air within seconds and become damp even on a dry day, it’s a salt and it’s hygroscopic.

This is why you need to clean black powder firearms the same day.

It sure is a bad feeling when you really need to clean the bore but you can’t because of some obstruction, if you don’t have what you need on hand it can take days before you do.

It ain’t like WalMart or even gun stores carry CO2 devices or ball pullers.


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Originally Posted by Birdwatcher
The bad part is, when you do need to pull a load or patch, it’s often when you’ve been shooting, hence there is powder residue in the barrel.

If you look at the pan after firing you can watch that residue (AKA fouling) suck moisture right out of the air within seconds and become damp even on a dry day, it’s a salt and it’s hygroscopic.

This is why you need to clean black powder firearms the same day.

It sure is a bad feeling when you really need to clean the bore but you can’t because of some obstruction, if you don’t have what you need on hand it can take days before you do.

It ain’t like WalMart or even gun stores carry CO2 devices or ball pullers.


I do not know if I was Taught Right but I was Taught to use a wet patch with cleaning solvent on it with every shot.
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It helps push all the crap down to the breach and cleans the barrel for the next ball to shoot.

I have never had a lot of Fouling Build Up after a shoot.

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Originally Posted by erich
A priming horn or brass tube pan primer and a flint knapper to keep your flint sharp the little tube pan primers have a ball on the end that does a nice job of knapping an edge on your flint.

Don't fill the priming pan all the way, you want it to flash into the main charge not burn it's way in, once you have that figured out it will be nearly as fast as a percussion rifle.


I can't highight this enough 1/4 of a pan is plenty and tip your rifle a bit to get some pan powder into the flashole. doing this significantly increased my locktime on my deerstalker


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