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PostSubject: Roundball patch size   February 17th 2015, 11:48 am

In looking at my muzzleloader supplies back-stock, I appear to have a half-million 58-cal unlubed roundball patches and no unlubed 50 caliber.

Are there any 'cons' to using an oversized 'wet' 58-cal round patch in a 50-cal ML? I plan on experimenting with three flavors...
1) Mr. Flintlocks Lube and Cleaner
2) Olive Oil
3) DL Permatex Hand Cleaner

I should probably scratch the last two I listed. Otherwise my bore may become too contaminated with burnt residue, from all the overlapping from the oversized patch.

Maybe my cheap-azz-butt better go buy some 50-cal patches, if I plan on using all three lubes I listed here.
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PostSubject: Re: Roundball patch size   February 17th 2015, 11:56 am

Cut at the muzzle was the way it was done originally. Just cut yours or trim them beforehand. No sense wasting them.
Do you have a .50 cal. punch?


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PostSubject: Re: Roundball patch size   February 17th 2015, 12:00 pm

I use 58cal patches in all my rifles, including the 50cal. I prefer the oversized patch as it makes centering the ball in the patch easier.

Not sure about the hand cleaner.

Olive oil/beeswax makes decent patch lube but really more for hunting when you only get a couple shots. Mink Oil from track of the wolf is the best hunting lube ive used to date.
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PostSubject: Re: Roundball patch size   February 17th 2015, 6:17 pm

I was out shooting my .54 cal the other day and cut at the muzzle for the first time ever and that is not a bad way. I had some patch material that I had not cut to size, I may cut at the muzzle more often.
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PostSubject: Re: Roundball patch size   February 28th 2015, 6:03 pm

I have used the following patch lube for almost 40 years and have had no issues: by volume...1/3 Water, 1/3 Murphy's Oil Soap, 1/3 Windex (or any window cleaner with ammonia). Every time you put a patch and ball down the barrel, it cleans and lubes. Don't have any issues with rust, junk build-up in the barrel, etc., and cleaning the gun after a day of shooting is a cake walk.  I raised two wives and five boys shooting with this patch lube and never, ever had an issue and I still use it in all my guns: trade, rifles, shotguns and all the pistols and cannon. I tried everything before I was passed this mix by a graybeard friend (now I are the graybeard!) and nothing worked and caused me all manner of irritation. Give it a try, if you don't like it, it didn't cost you anything but catching the devil from your dearly beloved for stealing her cleaning supplies!!!
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