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Offline Nemovir

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Rice's .32 barrels
« on: January 16, 2019, 11:57:18 PM »
Does any one have any issues using .315 rd ball?

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Re: Rice's .32 barrels
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2019, 12:21:24 AM »
I'm using a .310 ball and pillow ticking ( .015) and have a tight fit with spit lube - hard to start with the ramrod-really need a short starter. This is with a rice 46 inch barrel.
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Re: Rice's .32 barrels
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2019, 12:25:53 AM »
Sry - didn't have a Rice barrel, but did have a barrel with reverse width rifling. The grooves were very narrow with wide lands, much like original barrels. Even so, I used .311" RB's from a Lee mould, to start with, then switched to .320" from a .319" Lee mould, both with .022" to .0235" patches. It was very easy loading, oft demonstrated to Taylor on the trail, how only needing 2 fingers on the rod to seat the patched ball, whether using milk oil or water based lube. No wiping nor swabbing needed. When using mink oil, the 50th shot loaded easier than the first. I can only assume this was because the first was wiping the week-old film of WD40 down when seated and the 'oils' were not compatible. After the first, loading was noticeably easier, even though the first one was also quite easy. This barrel, like all my others, does not build fouling and never needs cleaning while shooting.
I do have a .36cal. Rice barrel. It is even easier loading, if that is possible. but I do use a .350" ball in it, along with the thick patches and short starter.
Pressing on the patched ball with the short starter knub, forms the ball into the bore. No hitting is needed. choking up on the 5/16" hickory rod will do the same thing. The starter is not needed, just handier as I've been using one since 1972.

I always use DEAD-SOFT lead, no alloys. I tried Hornady's 0 buck and it measured .320" and was too hard (3 to 5% antimony as advertized) to load easily.
The # buck might have been 00 - like I said, it measured .320"
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Re: Rice's .32 barrels
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2019, 07:25:03 AM »
I have a Rice .32 Southe n classic. I cast my own 0 buck. It measures out at .320. With a .020 patch, it loads like a breeze. Moose milk as a lube of course.
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Re: Rice's .32 barrels
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2019, 02:39:09 PM »
Sounds like it luck of the draw.  Reason I am asking is that I have a lot of.315 ball due to my Pedersoli Scout.  I have on order a Kibler SMR in .32.  In reading the multiple posts, it seems Rice barrel bore run small.

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Re: Rice's .32 barrels
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2019, 05:24:28 PM »
I shoot .310s in my Rice 46" barrel, with a .012 patch they load very easily so I am sure a .315 would work OK.

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Re: Rice's .32 barrels
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2019, 07:14:43 PM »
No issues with .315 or .319 and .017-.018 patch with Mink Oil or Ballistol/water 50:50. I should note that this Rice barrel has "round" grooves and narrow lands. I do use a starter. Bore diameter measured with small hole gauge measures .320.
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Re: Rice's .32 barrels
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2019, 08:10:36 PM »
I've used probably 20 or more of their barrels.  Haven't noticed any running small.
They are finished nerdy smoothly inside, and require no break in to speak of.  First shot is usually right on. First seven rounds out of a brand new barrel.

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Re: Rice's .32 barrels
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2019, 08:27:52 PM »
I have a Rice radius groove .32 "transition" barrel.  I cast .311" ball from a Lee mold.  I load these with a .024" canvas patch lubed with TOW mink oil or Hoppes BP Lube.  This combo loads so easily that a .315" or .319" should prove to be no problem.
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Re: Rice's .32 barrels
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2019, 11:54:28 PM »
Sounds like it luck of the draw.  Reason I am asking is that I have a lot of.315 ball due to my Pedersoli Scout.  I have on order a Kibler SMR in .32.  In reading the multiple posts, it seems Rice barrel bore run small.

I have never heard of a small bore in a Rice Barrel - any calibre.
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Re: Rice's .32 barrels
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2019, 06:19:15 AM »
Does any one have any issues using .315 rd ball?

How much use has the barrel seen?

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Re: Rice's .32 barrels
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2019, 07:34:04 AM »
Does any one have any issues using .315 rd ball?

How much use has the barrel seen?

Mike

I haven’t received it yet.  Pedersoli recommends .315 for their .32. Reading past posts implies that using balls larger than .311 is a hassle for Rice Barrels. I wanted to check with you all to see if that was the case.

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Re: Rice's .32 barrels
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2019, 04:59:01 PM »
I have a .32 Rice barrel on my SMR (not a Kibler kit) and getting.315 balls down it with even a thin patch was a problem. I switched to .310 as I really do not like to have to beat the ball in.

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Re: Rice's .32 barrels
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2019, 12:47:25 AM »
I'm using a .310 ball and pillow ticking ( .015) and have a tight fit with spit lube - hard to start with the ramrod-really need a short starter. This is with a rice 46 inch barrel.
rechecked my ticking and new reading is  .019 -anyway somewhere between .015 and .019. Still a tight fit requiring two handed push with ramrod after stating ball flush with knife handle. Also using Hornady .310 balls. Flat lands in a SMR Kibler. Checking with caliber is tightening it tight on ticking if this is correct.
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Re: Rice's .32 barrels
« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2019, 12:52:02 AM »
You guys have WAYYYY different experience with Rice 32s than me.  I have a Southern classic that I use a .320 ball and .020 patch with no hammering.  Short starter and ramrod is all.
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Re: Rice's .32 barrels
« Reply #15 on: January 20, 2019, 02:34:12 AM »
You guys have WAYYYY different experience with Rice 32s than me.  I have a Southern classic that I use a .320 ball and .020 patch with no hammering.  Short starter and ramrod is all.
I can tell you one thing, you could never get that patch/ball combo down the 2 Rice 32 cal barrels I had. It was all I could do to get a .315 ball and .015 patching seated. I changed to .310 balls and .015 patch for both. They were both radius rifling and would shoot ragged 1 hole groups at 30 yards from a rest.

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Re: Rice's .32 barrels
« Reply #16 on: January 20, 2019, 11:37:35 PM »
You guys have WAYYYY different experience with Rice 32s than me.  I have a Southern classic that I use a .320 ball and .020 patch with no hammering.  Short starter and ramrod is all.

I used the same ball and patching, smallpatch, when using .320" and the 10oz denim or mattress ticking at .0235". I used the same patches in my .40, with a .400" ball.
I found, using the little nub on my short starter, I could simply push the patched ball into the muzzle. I would then push it down about 6", either with the short starter's shaft, or choked up ram rod, then down the rest of the way, only needing 2 fingers on the rod. 

I guess we need to do another video, but this one will be with my Rice .36 bl. I had ordered a .32, but Jason sent a .36 instead. Too much hassle across international borders to exchange it, so
I had Taylor simply put it on my mtn. rifle stock.

Perhaps my fingers are stronger than some? I have done this many times on the trail as we discuss and attempt to understand why some guys have trouble seating patched round balls. About all of us use a .005" under bore size ball along with .020" to .0235" denim patch. As that particular mattress ticking material is hard to find and only a couple of us have any, some guys have switched to 8, 10 or 12 oz. denim. The .008" runs .019 to .020" crushed, depending on the calipers.

Again, the muzzle crown shape, makes a big difference.
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Re: Rice's .32 barrels
« Reply #17 on: May 10, 2019, 07:19:40 PM »
I got my SMR last week.  Some body must have sat on the wood box.  it was cracked in two with the thin plywood top keeping it from coming apart, but there was not damage to the rifle itself.  I drop a .315 bare ball in the barrel. it got stuck toward the bottom.  Used co2 to get it out.  Look like I going to have to stock up on .310 balls for her.
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Re: Rice's .32 barrels
« Reply #18 on: May 10, 2019, 07:26:15 PM »
Must have been the sprue that made it hang up? 
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Re: Rice's .32 barrels
« Reply #19 on: May 10, 2019, 07:44:02 PM »
Sounds like it luck of the draw.  Reason I am asking is that I have a lot of.315 ball due to my Pedersoli Scout.  I have on order a Kibler SMR in .32.  In reading the multiple posts, it seems Rice barrel bore run small.

.315 ball's were too tight to load in my last 32 which had radius rifling. I used .018 pillow ticking with .310 ball.  It loaded very easily and would shoot 1 ragged 5 shot hole at 30 yards from a bench rest.
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Re: Rice's .32 barrels
« Reply #20 on: May 10, 2019, 07:51:33 PM »
You guys have WAYYYY different experience with Rice 32s than me.  I have a Southern classic that I use a .320 ball and .020 patch with no hammering.  Short starter and ramrod is all.

On the last Rice 32 I seriously doubt that you could have used a hammer to get that ball patch combo down that barrel. Had to pound on short starter to start a .315 Hornady ball started using .018 patch, then it took both hands and some hard pushing to seat the ball using LHV lube.
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Re: Rice's .32 barrels
« Reply #21 on: May 10, 2019, 07:58:18 PM »
Must have been the sprue that made it hang up?

Nope it was Hornady® 32 Cal .315 Lead Balls

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Re: Rice's .32 barrels
« Reply #22 on: May 10, 2019, 11:41:35 PM »
Now, I can sometimes seat the .311" ball and .024" patch down my Rice barrel just using two fingers but usually not.  Arthritis has weakened my hands to the point I can't twist the top off those plastic water bottles without using a "grip adapter".  So if I can seat a prb at all, it would cause most shooters no problem using two fingers.  I have two Rice rb barrels and they are crazy smooth.
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Re: Rice's .32 barrels
« Reply #23 on: May 11, 2019, 05:05:00 AM »
I am going to try a .300 ball and a .020 patch in the next few days.  Will see how that works. 

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Re: Rice's .32 barrels
« Reply #24 on: May 12, 2019, 08:14:33 AM »
Sounds like it luck of the draw.  Reason I am asking is that I have a lot of.315 ball due to my Pedersoli Scout.  I have on order a Kibler SMR in .32.  In reading the multiple posts, it seems Rice barrel bore run small.

What needs to happen is to measure the dang thing.  Use an oversized ball - .36 or .40 o r.45- and pound it into the muzzle, Run an 1/8th inch drill into it a ways, run in a size 6 or 78 screw and pull that sucker out and measure it.  Groove to groove on that slug will give the bore size, land ot land will give the groove diameter.  The difference divided by 2 will give you the groove depth  - which is what everyone should know about their rifle barrels, in order to feed them correctly.

It is MOST highly unlikely Rice barrels are undersize.  Seems to me, they use an ironing button on the bores after rifling. I've heard of other makers doing that as well.  If Jason was on this site, he could verify that for us.  If they indeed use an ironing button on the lands, they it is impossible for that bore to be tight.  I have a .36 Rice barrel that measures exactly .360" bore with a .376" groove diameter thus it has .008" rifling- perfect for it's 48" rate of twist.
I've never heard of Rice making undersized bores, other that someone using that as an excuse for having difficulty loading combinations suggested by more seasoned shooters.
Please measure it and know for sure.
Once we know what the situation is, we can go from there.
Here's the crown of the .32 bl. I had. It makes for easy starting, then that .320" ball and .022" patch go down with only finger and thumb pinching the rod.




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