im going to shoot blackpowder soon for the first time, i am wondering if it matters if i buy lubricated patches or dry ones? do i mix it up every couple shots?
Depends on what you are shooting, ball you need a patch & buy lubed patches, conical bullets you don`t need a patch..............im going to shoot blackpowder soon for the first time, i am wondering if it matters if i buy lubricated patches or dry ones? do i mix it up every couple shots?
that helps out alot thanks! i have a .50 cal rifleMake sure you use the correct thickness. It is most important that you use a patch to ball ratio that seals the bore when loaded. A common example would be a .50 Caliber rifle has a .500" bore. with a groove of .005" We would load a .490 ball with a .015" patch giving us a ball and seal diameter .505". In other words make sure you know bore size and select the proper patch and ball. When you fire the rifle if the patch catches fire smokes and burns you do not have a seal. The patch should not be burned after it is fired. A starting load for a .50 caliber rifle would be 1 grs. of powder per caliber= 50 grs. in a 50 caliber. Most Perc. rifles use a #11 cap.