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PostSubject: Rendezvous buy - Loading Block   January 22nd 2018, 4:46 pm

I bought these at the last Santa Fe Trail Rendezvous in June '17

The guy basically carves out half of the loading block so theres less stress on the patched ball when loading the block up. Plus, the balls hang out further and easily drop into the bore where you then use your short starter and pop'em right in! I have a number of them that hold anywhere from 3, 6 & 7 balls.

All the balls here were cut at the block. Once the lubed patch material is placed over the block, push in the ball then use your patch knife the cut the material away and you are ready to go. Its really nice how the balls are spaced out in a way that the balls are easily placed into the muzzle. Hopefully hes back next year so I can buy some more. Right now, he charges 50 cents per hole. They fit from a .015 patch to my thick .020 hunting patch.


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PostSubject: Re: Rendezvous buy - Loading Block   January 23rd 2018, 6:33 am

Clever design. Looks like the block is made of Oak?
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PostSubject: Re: Rendezvous buy - Loading Block   January 23rd 2018, 8:22 am

Loading blocks come in all shapes and sizes, most suppliers sell them by the truck load. I have a friend that makes loading blocks out of scrap oak flooring he gets off the job sites. He's goes to the major rendezvous and sells them all day long at the same price as Jon quoted. Tim makes some good side money off these little items.

Once I get everything regrouped I'll show you some original loading blocks collected for at least a 100 years or longer by my family. They come in all shapes and sizes, interesting little item.

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PostSubject: Re: Rendezvous buy - Loading Block   January 23rd 2018, 10:09 am

I had a 6 shot block for my .58 cal but I thought it was too big. So I cut it in half length wise, re-shaped it and made a much more compact 3 shot block. It took quite a bit of pressure to seat the balls. I hope I can push them through when it comes time to load up.



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PostSubject: Re: Rendezvous buy - Loading Block   January 23rd 2018, 11:46 am

I just use a piece of scrap 1" x 2" and drill the proper-sized hole.

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PostSubject: Re: Rendezvous buy - Loading Block   January 23rd 2018, 11:49 am

If I remember correctly, this block is made from cherry.
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PostSubject: Re: Rendezvous buy - Loading Block   January 23rd 2018, 12:10 pm

@patocazador wrote:
I just use a piece of scrap 1" x 2" and drill the proper-sized hole.

Bob, we like to look good in the woods. We can't be using just any old "scrap". clown

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PostSubject: Re: Rendezvous buy - Loading Block   January 23rd 2018, 12:17 pm

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@patocazador wrote:
I just use a piece of scrap 1" x 2" and drill the proper-sized hole.

Bob, we like to look good in the woods. We can't be using just any old "scrap". clown

I stain them first, Joe. What else could ask for? Dunno Wink

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