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Got a Jag Stuck v 2

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Tom Bri, Sep 7, 2006.

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  1. Tom Bri

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    OK, so I got a patched screw jag stuck in the bore via stupidity. Others on that thread admitted to all sorts of similar things. That is why we all use an alias!

    So the question is, what is the strangest thing you have seen stuck in or shot out of a BP gun? Heard of arrows, ramrods, jags. What else? I'm not saying any of you would have done any of these foolish and unapproved-by-Lyman activities of course, just wondering what you have seen others do.
     
  2. 1911 guy

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    Well, I've done this...

    T/C .50 cal:
    Dry balled it (no powder) twice
    Got a jag stuck (I did the same thing you did, turned the ramrod). Blew it out with FFFg.
    Forgot to snap a few caps on it before loading. Snapped about five before it would go off.
    Got a patch stuck while cleaning between shots. Didn't know it had to be wet (I was new to BP).

    Pedersoli .36 cal:
    Lost the ramrod in a move. Have a MSM range rod and handmade hickory now.
    Dry balled it once.
    Overfilled the pan for the first six months I shot it. WHOOSH!......BOOM!

    I'm still learning and all is well with the world. Rock-locks Rock!
     
  3. Smokin_Gun

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    Launched my steel ramrod about 300 yards down range into some trees and brush forgetting to take it out during rapid fire. My 1853 Rem Zouave .58 kicked quite a bit harder on that last shot I was thinkin', as I looked around for my ramrod to reload and fire again... Never did find it...still look from time to at the range, that was probly 18 -20 years ago...
     
  4. sundance44s

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    I haven`t been shooting flint locks but a year or so ..so i`m still new at it .. but i`m always wondering what i`ll do if i ever dry ball it .. i was thinking maybe the co2 thingie .. but then again what would my great great grandfather do ? He `d figure a way to get some powder behind the ball i`m sure . Where there`s a will there`s a way ...and necessity is the mother of invention .. folks just aren`t as inventive these days .. we lean a little to the spoiled side .
     
  5. 1911 guy

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    Solution to a dry balled flinter.

    Sundance, here's what I did. Charge your pan, tilt the lock upward and use you vent pick to get the FFFFg into the bore. If you've got a .45 of larger, put in two pans worth (not heaping, normal charge) because the larger diameter will keep pressure down when the powder ingites. Make sure you seat the ball! If you don't pressure won't begin to move the ball, it will just try to escape through your vent. Depending on your rifle and how bad Mr. Murphy dislikes you, it could concievably damage your rifle and/or you. Seat the ball!
     
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