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Old 03-10-2012, 04:20 PM   #1
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Default shooting sand or fine lead shot down the barrel to remove fouling?

I know that blackpowder has the bad tendency to cause fouling, enough to start choking up the gun even after 5-6 shots. so I was wondering if it's possible or if any army in the black powder era figured out to shoot sand or fine lead shot out of the barrel to try to scrap away any fouling in the barrel in battle? just load a sand load down the barrel and shoot it into the air, then continue loading and fighting as normal? I think this would have been effective. your ideas?



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Old 03-10-2012, 04:35 PM   #2
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People were not that stupid back in the day. Anyone knows a gun loaded with compressed sand is suicide. You will most likely remove your face. A patch dampened with 93% Alcohol will work much better.



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People were not that stupid back in the day. Anyone knows a gun loaded with compressed sand is suicide. You will most likely remove your face. A patch dampened with 93% Alcohol will work much better.
why? I'm not talking about filling it with sand or lead powder, I mean loading it like a shot load, equal portion of sand or lead powder to powder and separate them with a wad? it'll let it scrape the inside of the barrel.
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Wouldn't alot of the sand actually just also stick by and large?

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Try it? You ask for advise and want to argue about the answer.

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Try it? You ask for advise and want to argue about the answer.
I follow the belief of "question everything you hear or see", essentially, why would loading sand that has less mass and is less dense then a lead ball cause complications? I asked the question, but you gave a vague answer and nothing supporting your answer. I don't blindly follow what someone says just because they said it, I'm looking for facts, not theories. you basically just told me that it won't work because you said so, nothing else.
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For a few hundred years folks have swabbed the bores of their blackpowder guns between shots or after firing a few shots. You can swab the bore using alcohol, Windex, Windex with vinegar, GoJo hand cleaner or a bunch of other stuff.

Instead of arguing and being an ass go off and do it your way.

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beacause sand or fine powders create a plug instead of a solid object to be pushed out.

if you were dumb enough to do it, at some point it would go kaboom.

its very much like firing a gun underwater. you can do it but at some point its gonna kaboom when the conditions are just right.

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For a few hundred years folks have swabbed the bores of their blackpowder guns between shots or after firing a few shots. You can swab the bore using alcohol, Windex, Windex with vinegar, GoJo hand cleaner or a bunch of other stuff.
Don't forget saliva; nothing like a spit patch between shots to keep your balls moving smoothly.
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Agreed Jon. Black powder has been around for so freaking long, I'm positive someone ...somewhere, tried what the OP suggests. Today, we clean BP bores with solvents. Just do the math.



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