what size ball

Discussion in 'Blackpowder & Musket' started by micman, Nov 15, 2010.

  1. micman

    micman New Member

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    I have just acquired a 58 cal muzzle loader, what weight of ball should I use and what size. I was looking at a .570 with a .015 patch, guy at the store is saying a .560 with a .022 patch, any comments would be greatly appreciated. Also I would like to cast my own bullets what is the best lead for black powder round balls.

    Mickey
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Just remember the patch is doubled, and should be a hair larger (patch+ball+patch) than the bore- squeeze fit. You may need to try some combinations to see what your gun likes- and check the maker's instructions.

    For a muzzleloader, I use pure, dead soft lead. Scored 150 lbs of dental xray film pouches for 25 cents at a govt auction some years back. Will keep me casting Maxiballs until I am 99. Then I need to get more.
     

  3. Hawg

    Hawg New Member

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    I would go with the .570 with a .015 and drop to a .010 if it's too tight or doesn't perform well. It takes a lot of trial and error to get the right ball, powder charge and patch combo.
     
  4. Catfish

    Catfish New Member

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    You will have to try different combos to find what really shoots best. A ball .010 under bore and a .012 patch is where I would start. Then load thicker and thinner patches and shoot for group. You can then change ball size if you can`t find a combo that groups well.
     
  5. patret

    patret New Member

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    I would use a mini-ball for the 58 caliber. They are rather easy to cast. You could buy a Lee mold from Midway for about $20. There is a method to making wheel weights softer and it is very simple.

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  6. Hawg

    Hawg New Member

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    If you get into casting the stick on wheel weights are already soft enough. Watch out for zinc ones tho.
     
  7. lukeisme

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    I just aquired 100 pounds of used wheel weights from a local car dealer. What should I look for in these that would make them suitable for casting bullets. The only answers I have been able to find are soft lead. I want to sort them out and make sinkers out of the ones that are not good for bullets. Any clues would help guys...thanks in advance!!!!:D