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    Slugging a Muzzle Loader

    I was wondering if you could obtain a good slug by firing a light load. Add powder, a greatly reduced amount. Then force a slightly larger ball, without a patch. Next fire into a swimming pool and recover.

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    That will produce a good slug.
    But you would be best if you went swimming and recovered the ball.
    Trying to pick it it up out of the pool with a Skimmer could scratch up your slug.
    But I don't think at low velocity that the ball is going to get deformed much when it hits the water.
    But there are other ways of slugging a ML barrel.
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    Fire the ball at a 45 degree angle Down into the water.
    If you don't , it can skip off the water like a stone.
    Bullets will only penetrate water to a depth of 3 feet before they loose almost all velocity.
    Be Safe
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    Id just take the breach plug out before I went swimming . Or just use a ball discharged or puller
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    The easy way is put a piece of brass 6" long or so in the bore. Put in a slug bigger than bore and grooves for around 4-5 inches. Then drive it out with the piece of brass in the bore using momentum. If you cannot figure out how to do it you should get help from someone who knows how to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RU shooter View Post
    Id just take the breach plug out before I went swimming . Or just use a ball discharged or puller
    Yes that would be ideal, but I don’t want to mess with takin the breach plug out of a two hundred+ year old gun.

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    The inertia method works very well as described above, a nice piece of steel dowel wrapped with tape works also. Lightly oil bore and thump away standing over folded old towel!

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    What about drilling a hole through a slightly smaller round ball. Use a thick disk that can be threaded into and a washer with a nut screwing it down. Then flatten the ball and pull it out. A sliding hammer on the rod could help.

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    if your gonna do the shoot method id just put old towels or something in a plastic shopping bag and shoot it with 10gr charge or whatever you think is enough to launch low speed.

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    Best method is use pin gauges. Get a couple near what you think the bore is. Amazon has them for like $5ea. Or go to a machine shop and get them to do it. They usually have a full set.
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    Cast a plug of cero safe around a notched dowel and pull it out of the oiled bore.

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    Make sure theres no one in the pool first....lolol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theditchman View Post
    Make sure theres no one in the pool first....lolol
    Make sure there is water in the pool too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theditchman View Post
    Make sure theres no one in the pool first....lolol
    Nah. Have nancy pelosi hold up a cup of water over her (missing) heart . Aim carefully!


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    I've never slugged a barrel, but there have been times I was sorely tempted to.
    Young guys should hang out with old guys; old guys know stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hanshi View Post
    I've never slugged a barrel, but there have been times I was sorely tempted to.
    I slugged a horse . Does that count??


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    Quote Originally Posted by dave951 View Post
    Best method is use pin gauges. Get a couple near what you think the bore is. Amazon has them for like $5ea. Or go to a machine shop and get them to do it. They usually have a full set.
    That will give the correct bore size but not the groove size which is important

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiberoptik View Post
    I slugged a horse .
    What caliber is he,then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whitesmoke View Post
    What caliber is he,then?
    Not sure but don't "look him in the mouth!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whitesmoke View Post
    What caliber is he,then?
    Yearling Shepard pony. Between the eyes whenI was 12. I pre-dated Arnold knocking one out. My hand was numb for 2 weeks!


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