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Thread: Cast round ball, black powder and a 220 year old musket

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    Boolit Mold
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    Cast round ball, black powder and a 220 year old musket

    Hope these pictures post OK,
    Had a great day with a Liege, Belgium contract musket( French model 1777) that was manufactured right around 1800. a nice cow buffalo, used 88 grains of Swiss 1 & 1/2f, wasp nest wadding, and a patched .662 roundball, . as cast they weigh 433 grains, the recovered ball was almost through the hide on the far side, still weighs 427 grains. I think I'll hammer it round and use it for another hunt. It broke a rib on the way in punched through the right lung, top of the heart, left lung and took a little chunk out of the left shoulder bone on the way out. Distance was a little over 75 yards, shoots pretty well for an old smoothbore.
    Big Goose
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    That’s pretty cool!! Congratulations!!


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    Wow.

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    Very well done
    something about hunting with patched round ball
    it just seems so simple yet so very effective
    nice score, enjoy
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    Very cool . Thanks for sharing.

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    nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    That is too cool!!!

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    She's still got it...

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    Outstanding. Well done.

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    Amazing! Congratulations. Were you using pure lead in that round ball or was it alloyed a bit?

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    can I get a steak?????

    Awesome Job!!!! gotta love them RB!
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    That is the neatest thing I've seen in quite some time, very awesome. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy those burgers.

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    But but it wasn't going 3,500 fps, and it is lead......

    Nice rifle, and good shooting.

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    Pure Magic how powder, lead and flint still work so darn well. Congratulations on a fine rifle and buffalo.

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    Hunting with a great gun and the method is outstanding (BP +patched RB) !/Ed

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    You done great and nice to hear what you used and out come of it all. Enjoy your work you put into it now. Glad for you .
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    Well all righty then!!!
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    Now that is impressive! PRB strikes again!

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    That is so awesome. I like everything about your hunt. A hearty and well deserved congratulations.
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    Dream hunt, Big Goose! Congratulations!!

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check