I Might Just Know What I'm Talking About
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: C-ville, VA
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OT - Muzzleloader Question
Well, I figure that my Jeep will take me to where I can use this thing.... [img]images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]
I just got my Christmas present from my wife. (Early because I want to use it at Thanksgiving [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]). I have a reproduction 50cal. Kentucky Rifle. It is flint-lock and is a fairly decent gun for the price (Italian made, so not historically correct).
What I'm mystified about is the ball and patch sizing. Anybody know much about this? I have only fired blank rounds for demonstration, so I've never had to know this before. I plan on taking the rifle to the inlaws Thanksgiving shoot-in, so I need to know what kind of ball to fire and patch to use. Also, powder charge. At fifty cal, about 60 grains FF...right?
Also, any helpful info for a new gun onwer? I have been trained on blackpowder safty by the NPS, so that isn't a problem, but upkeep and improvements are still fair game.