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    smoothbore accuracy

    Thank you everyone. Mailemaker I think you are on the 4th LA and hopefully I'll see you soon. I have been shooting Swiss 3 F in my smoothbore. I tried to get the kind of Old Eynsford blackpowder but couldn't for the upcoming skirmish. I'll order some in the future. Thanks to Lou and others. When I run out of ideas, sometimes this board helps me get more. I should get this ol' smuv bo shooting good. Just give it time. Thanks again everyone.
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    Yup - see you in a week Tom. Just come over to the Escort tables and look for the really really good looking guy.
    Best of luck with the smoothie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eggman View Post
    Yup - see you in a week Tom. Just come over to the Escort tables and look for the really really good looking guy.
    Best of luck with the smoothie!
    Never had anything but bad results with alox and black powder. I rough my SB balls with 2 farrier raps after filing off sprue. Learned from Dom (RIP) to rough em up alot and simply use axel grease for lube. I can shoot my .710 roughed, greased ball in my Potsdam all day with no problem. Fast, easy, accurate & not as messy as you'd think, but I use 'dog bone' double ended tubes, one end powder, one end ball, so there is no wasted powder on the ball. Using musket lube, I had the problem you described loading hard last 2 inches & wasting a shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom View Post
    Thank you everyone. Eggman I hope to meet you at the next Deep South Skirmish. I don't know who you are, but I hope we meet. I am on the 44th GA and we are usually the next bench to the Escort. Mailemaker I think you are on the 4th LA and hopefully I'll see you also. Mr. Anderson, you are spot on, I have been shooting Swiss 3 F in my smoothbore. I tried to get the kind of blackpowder you mentioned but couldn't for the upcoming skirmish. I'll order some in the future. Thanks to Lou and others, I'm going to try some musket lube and perhaps some dry rounds just to see how those work. When I run out of ideas, sometimes this board helps me get more. I should get this ol' smuv bo shooting good. Just give it time. Thanks again everyone.
    Another thing I tried was to boil the round balls, then dip them in my musket lube heated in the microwave. Heating the balls in this manner gave me a much thinner coating of lube, similar to a thin coat of alox. This helped with the eventual fouling, but I couldn’t get enough rounds down range to complete an individual event in Virginia.
    I shot all last season without lubing a single smoothbore round and had my best year yet. Even medalled in Virginia at 25 yards. No small feat with the quality of the competition.
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    Be careful with this one boys. You don't want to get the "heat in microwave" part mixed up. Reminds me of the old grenade instructions, "pull pin; throw."

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    Lefty woke up for a moment but has returned to his long nap.

    Watching all this magic Ju-Ju speak on smoothbore loads has awoken Lefty from his long sleep. He perused all the posts and as he did I could hear him muttering, " If you can't smear it on a cracker and eat it then it don't belong on a blackpowder projectile." I've always heeded Lefty's advice and it had served me well when I shot smoothbore individuals and team matches.
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  7. Hey Brady.......u must chase that slicked up cracker with that lime green group tightner for proper performance.......its in the manual.

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    I shoot an original 1849 Harpers Ferry with a Hoyt liner (.687") and use Moose .680" round balls, no sprues to remove. One coat of Alox and 60 grains of Old Eynsford 2F. Shoots great and never get a tight spot.
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