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can you shoot round balls out of an inline muzzleloader and if you can do you need to use a patch?

Question by Evan Delp. Uploaded on April 04, 2010

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 1 week ago

You can but the rifling twist will not be the best for accuracy. Most in-lines have something along the order of 1 in 28" and the best rond ball barrels are around 1 in 60" or thereabouts. You should use a lubed patch for best accuracy. Obviously you can shoot a bare ball but accuracy and velocity will suffer as the patch serves as a gas seal.

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from jerry1958 wrote 4 years 1 week ago

you can but sabots are more accurate

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from MLH wrote 4 years 1 week ago

Hmmm, I have never tried. Figure that if balls are more accurate with faster rifling the gun makers would have figured it out over the centuries. They've settled on very slow twists and have told us so. But ... now you have me curious.

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from 007 wrote 4 years 1 week ago

I have a flinter, not an inline, but I do shoot a round ball, patched with a little scrap of denim, lubed with a 50/50 mix of bee's wax and bear grease. I doubt an unpatched ball would work very well.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 1 week ago

Yes you can. you load with a patch just like you would with a traditional rifle. you will have to play with your powder charge to obtain the best accuracy. Typically lower velocity loads work better with patched rounds balls in a fast twist barrel.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 4 years 1 week ago

The rate of twist in the rifling of your inline gun will be way too fast to get any accuracy with roundballs. There is not enough surface area to engage that fast rifling and the result will be to tear away what does touch allowing the exploding gases to escape past and tumble the remaining ball out the bore off to who knows where. A properly sized sabot might solve the matter for you.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 1 week ago

You can but the rifling twist will not be the best for accuracy. Most in-lines have something along the order of 1 in 28" and the best rond ball barrels are around 1 in 60" or thereabouts. You should use a lubed patch for best accuracy. Obviously you can shoot a bare ball but accuracy and velocity will suffer as the patch serves as a gas seal.

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from jerry1958 wrote 4 years 1 week ago

you can but sabots are more accurate

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from MLH wrote 4 years 1 week ago

Hmmm, I have never tried. Figure that if balls are more accurate with faster rifling the gun makers would have figured it out over the centuries. They've settled on very slow twists and have told us so. But ... now you have me curious.

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from 007 wrote 4 years 1 week ago

I have a flinter, not an inline, but I do shoot a round ball, patched with a little scrap of denim, lubed with a 50/50 mix of bee's wax and bear grease. I doubt an unpatched ball would work very well.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 4 years 1 week ago

The rate of twist in the rifling of your inline gun will be way too fast to get any accuracy with roundballs. There is not enough surface area to engage that fast rifling and the result will be to tear away what does touch allowing the exploding gases to escape past and tumble the remaining ball out the bore off to who knows where. A properly sized sabot might solve the matter for you.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 1 week ago

Yes you can. you load with a patch just like you would with a traditional rifle. you will have to play with your powder charge to obtain the best accuracy. Typically lower velocity loads work better with patched rounds balls in a fast twist barrel.

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