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patocazador

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PostSubject: Patchless round balls   Patchless round balls EmptyMay 7th 2014, 5:20 pm

I was testing round balls in my Pietta 12 ga. this afternoon and tried various combinations. It turned out that a patched round ball in the left barrel shot to the same POI as a round ball with Spanish moss on both sides.

I shot a .715 round ball with a .012 patch in the left barrel at 25 yards. It hit 3" left and 5" low. Then I shot a .715 round ball with the same powder charge (75 gr. of 2F)  followed by an OS card, a lubricated wad of dead Spanish moss, a .715 round ball, another lubed wad of Spanish moss, and an OS card. It hit 2" left and 5" low.

I don't think the Spanish moss would create a gas seal without a tight fitting card or wad over the powder. I was quite surprised that they both hit in the same area.

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PostSubject: Re: Patchless round balls   Patchless round balls EmptyMay 7th 2014, 5:24 pm

It's hard enough getting one barrel to shoot straight.

Two barrels sound like a challenge. Do you have a good supply of Spanish moss?

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PostSubject: Re: Patchless round balls   Patchless round balls EmptyMay 7th 2014, 5:42 pm

wow thats good find though! Dry it out, bag it and keep it on hand.
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PostSubject: Re: Patchless round balls   Patchless round balls EmptyMay 7th 2014, 5:53 pm

I was advised to only use dead Spanish moss. When it dies it is just a mass of thin black "threads". The live stuff is gray-green color and about 3x thicker per strand.
You have to roll the dead stuff up in a ball and rub it between your hands. All kinds of crap come off it and then I just separate it into little balls about the size of a large marble or about .55 caliber. It seems like it works good.

It's supposed to be the way southern Indians loaded up trade guns.

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PostSubject: Re: Patchless round balls   Patchless round balls EmptyMay 30th 2014, 5:33 pm

My Dad hunted turkeys and doves with muzzleloading shotguns for years.  He started out with an original 10 ga. s x s and preferred green Spanish moss for wadding.  He killed 36 or 38 wild turkeys with the MLs.
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PostSubject: Re: Patchless round balls   Patchless round balls EmptyMay 30th 2014, 6:15 pm

I sure have plenty of the 'green' stuff laying around after yesterday's storm. I'll have to give it a try.

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PostSubject: Re: Patchless round balls   Patchless round balls EmptyMay 30th 2014, 11:16 pm

You can give hornets nesting a try as well .
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PostSubject: Re: Patchless round balls   Patchless round balls EmptyMay 31st 2014, 12:54 pm

I've tried the wasp nest and it didn't do as good as the dead Spanish moss. I haven't seen a paper hornet's nest in several years.

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PostSubject: Re: Patchless round balls   Patchless round balls EmptyMay 31st 2014, 1:53 pm

We don't get them over here either .....
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