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Old 03-08-2013, 12:15 AM   #1
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Default Proper muzzleloader length for fast reloading?

At what total length should a custom muzzleloader be to ease in fast reloading? If you were to stand it up straight against you, should it come below, to the bottom, or to center of your sternum?

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You really thing a difference of 3" is going to effect reloading time? Fast reloading comes with practice and premeasured loads.
Rushed reloading leads to accidents anyway. It is better to be steady and safe.

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It would seem that the shorter the barrel, the easier it would be to manipulate the ramrod. I can load my little sidelock pistol VERY quickly.

Now the optimum length would probably have more to do with your height and how high up you could reach to pull the ramrod out of the barrel when reloading.

Just my opinion, and i am no expert.

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At what total length should a custom muzzleloader be to ease in fast reloading? If you were to stand it up straight against you, should it come below, to the bottom, or to center of your sternum?
There is no such thing as a proper muzzleloader length for fast reloading...........
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There is no such thing as a proper muzzleloader length for fast reloading...........
Not at the moment.
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I would think where you don't have to bring your arms up above your elbows but I know folk who swear a Bess is faster to load than a trade gun... They subscribe to "longer is better" which I personally don't like the idea of!

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I would think where you don't have to bring your arms up above your elbows but I know folk who swear a Bess is faster to load than a trade gun... They subscribe to "longer is better" which I personally don't like the idea of!
That right there is what I am talking about................I like a shorter rifle.
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You can make paper cartridges to speed up the process a bit.

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I thought about this a bit last night. I think that the best height for the top of the barrel from the ground, with the rifle standing straight up, is the height at which the arc of my right arm allows me to insert and remove the ramrod and pack the charge without having to adjust my grip on my ramrod. Belt buckle level seems about the minimum height for the top of the barrel, while bottom of my ribcage seems about the max comfortable height. I am 6'1"+- an inch with a 36" inseam on jeans, so my perfect barrel height would vary some from people of different heights, much like the height of our perspective dream flatheaded, midget waitresses/servers/hookers.

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I wonder how many people will get that reference Orange...

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