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    This might be old news, but I haven't seen anything posted about it so here goes. I apologize in advance if it's redundant. I been shooting my Hoyt relined Erma for about four years with excellent results.I know the have a reputation for poor ignition. In the last two or three shooting sessions I started to get an increasing number of misfires. The last one was a total bust. Although I had always been serious about cleaning it, I assumed it was a flash channel issue. I stripped the carbine down, gave it a heavy duty cleaning, soaked the receiver in straight Ballistol, then gave it a bath in acetone. I put a cotton ball in the chamber and fired off a cap. Black residue. Loaded up a blank with 10 grains of 3F powder and a wad, no bang. I drilled out the touch hole on one case and loaded another blank. Now I could see powder at the hole. Boom. But it occurred to me, why all of a sudden would I have to drill out the cases? Long story short, the cases, at least mine, have a concave powder chamber at the base. Cleaning them with a flat faced brush like I do for BPCR wasn't reaching the crud, at the bottom even though they were soaked first. The crud built up in the little chamber and even though the touch hole was clear, the powder charge was much further away from the hole. The crud was baked on and it it took a lot of time to see brass at the bottom of the chambers. I didn't try a blank yet, but I'm pretty sure I found the problem. From now on the fired cases go into a jug of water after firing instead of dealing with them a couple of hours later.

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    Wet tumbling with soap and media should solve that
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    Wet tumbling with soap and media should solve that

    Lou Lou, tell us more. What kind of soap? Mr Clean, Dawn liquid? How much should I use?

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    Still no luck. I can't figure it out. I know the flash channel is clear. I've tried winged RWS and Schuetzen caps. No difference and they've worked before. I know the flash is reaching the touch hole. The only thing that works is a drilled out hole that allows 3F to run through it and a piece of tissue paper on the the back to keep it in the case. The flash burns through and sets off the charge, at least with light blanks in my basement. I know the back of the case is up against the back of the chamber because it will push the bullet into the rifling when the action is closed.
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    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gemmer View Post
    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Have you changed out the nipple before, or since, the problem started?

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    Yes. The only other spare musket nipples I have are older style with a bigger bottom hole, but I tried it. No change.

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    Is that the type (big hole) you had in before the problem started?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CAGerringer View Post
    Is that the type (big hole) you had in before the problem started?
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    No. It's the pin hole type. I'm going to take one out of one of my muskets and try it in the Gallagher.

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    My Gallagher tubes are drilled 7/64. When loading I cover the flash hole with paper dots (adhesive price dots that you can buy at an office supply store) and go ahead and load. I've never had an issue with ignition and the caps blow right through the paper dots. To clean I use a rotary tumbler with stainless steel pins.

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