Minie balls

Discussion in 'Black Powder Shooting / Muzzleloaders / Handguns' started by dcriner, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. dcriner

    dcriner Member

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    Why are patches used with round balls but not conicals?
  2. Hawg

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    I can't tell you exactly why round balls are patched. Most say its to get a good gas seal but if the ball fits tight enough it really doesn't need the patch. Ease of loading with a smaller ball is my guess. The patch grips the rifling and spins the ball. Some conicals are paper patched. Minies are never patched. They have a hollow base to expand into the rifling.
  3. runes

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    The patch cleans the bore each time you load. It grabs the rifling and grips the ball. Makes a better gas seal.
    The mini is under sized, has a hollow base and loads easily even in a dirty bore. When it is fired it expands to seal the bore. Minis must be of pure lead to assure expansion .
    I have never used conicals in a rifle. just round balls with patch.
  4. Buffalochip

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    Runes is right--use pure lead for conicals. I've use conicals almost exclusively--cast my own. Lead type makes a big difference--too hard and they fly all over the place, pure lead and they can be tack drivers.
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