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Old 07-22-2009, 11:15 PM   #41
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People come to these forums for two reasons. One is to gain knowledge. Another is to impart knowledge. Sometimes experienced people get tired of answering the same questions over and over again and are sometimes even rude about it and say stuff like use the search feature before you post. This can do two things. One it can discourage a newbie from pursuing a sport he may otherwise really get into and two it opens up a discussion for the not so knowledgeable to have their say and have it believed beyond all doubt. I've been shooting bp for 40 years. Been doing it since I was 12 years old. I kinda think I know what I'm talking about most of the time. I'm not saying I know it all because I don't. I'm always learning new stuff. Just try to remember what it's like to be new and not know much before you start being rude or answering questions you don't really know much about. I don't know a lot about inlines and don't want to know much about them but I do know enough about them to know that if an inline is your sole bp rifle experience then you don't know diddly squat about shooting a sidelock and are not educated enough in their use to be giving advice. Likewise if your only sidelock experience is negative it's because YOU weren't doing something right and have no business giving advice on them. I'm not pointing fingers at anybody and I apologize if I peed in anybody's Corn Flakes but just think before you post what effect your answers are going to have. Or is your reply just going to make you look like an idiot to someone who does know what they're talking about. Just be honest with yourself and if you don't know it don't say it.
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That's what makes this such an informative forum. We get newbies who post things like ramrods that gouge out pockets in barrels that collect burning embers, or tumbling loaded ammo, or shooting deer in the face...thankfully it doesn't take long for knowledgeable people to set the record straight in the interest of preventing the spread of misinformation, ruining the reputation of the forum, or dispelling a dangerous practice. The really neat aspect of this forum is that there are many such knowledgeable people and the sum total of their experiences is what defines this forum.
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That's why I lean the muzzle away from my face and I see no reason for putting any fingers in front of the muzzle as I do not hold my ramrod in my palm but hold it from the side with my fingers.
As said before the charge does not have to be "packed" just seated.
I also find that holding from the side allows me to seat with more reproducibility
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That's why I lean the muzzle away from my face and I see no reason for putting any fingers in front of the muzzle as I do not hold my ramrod in my palm but hold it from the side with my fingers.
As said before the charge does not have to be "packed" just seated.
I also find that holding from the side allows me to seat with more reproducibility
This is true. I also learned to forcibly drop the ramrod repeatedly on top of the projectile until it "bounces" back, indicating proper seating of the projectile against the powder charge...
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This is true. I also learned to forcibly drop the ramrod repeatedly on top of the projectile until it "bounces" back, indicating proper seating of the projectile against the powder charge...
I have my ramrods marked for both standard loads and mag loads so that I have a visual indication of proper seating.
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I have my ramrods marked for both standard loads and mag loads so that I have a visual indication of proper seating.

Oh yeah smarty pants....what would you do if you were blind?...

I mark the rod also, but when your ramrod bounces back you KNOW the bullet is seated, and it's a safe way to keep from palming the ramrod.
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