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Offline Clark B

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Ramrod question.
« on: September 18, 2019, 01:37:59 AM »
I'm currently collecting parts for a future SMR style build. I have a Rice Southern classic barrel in .45 and am wondering from you gentlemen in the know whether a 3/8" or a 5/16" ramrod would look best. I am hoping this to be my first plank build in walnut. I'm thinking the 5/16" rod would allow it to look slimmer if I don't botch it all up.

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Offline D. Taylor Sapergia

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Re: Ramrod question.
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2019, 02:56:02 AM »
I would drill the rod hole 5/16" but use a tapered 3/8" rod.
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Offline Daryl

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Re: Ramrod question.
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2019, 03:09:44 AM »
Bro beat me to it. Tapered 3/8" down to 5/16".
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Offline Clark B

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Re: Ramrod question.
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2019, 03:10:38 AM »
Thanks Taylor. That option has crossed my mind. Would I use a 3/8" forward pipe for that? I'm going to make the pipes so I can customize them if need be.
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Offline Pukka Bundook

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Re: Ramrod question.
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2019, 07:17:55 AM »
As Taylor and Daryl say;
A tapered rod.
Yes, differing  size ramrod pipes as well.

Offline David Rase

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Re: Ramrod question.
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2019, 05:40:36 PM »
I drill all my .45 caliber ramrod holes 5/16".  I even drill some of my .50 caliber holes 5/16".  I use a straight 5/16" ramrod on .45's and tapered on .50's.  I think a straight rod on a .45 caliber bore gives the rifle a much slimmer look.
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Offline smallpatch

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Re: Ramrod question.
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2019, 08:04:38 PM »
Like David said, 5/19" rod and skinny web=slender profile.
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Re: Ramrod question.
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2019, 09:01:08 PM »
All mine are 3/8" and tapered down to 5/16" to fit the 5/16" hole drilled in the stock.
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Re: Ramrod question.
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2019, 10:04:10 PM »
I have even seen here how someone made a long tapered square reamer for tapering the rod hole...
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Offline Clark B

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Re: Ramrod question.
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2019, 04:43:09 AM »
Once again, I really appreciate all the suggestions and will see how much hickory I can butcher along the way. I got plenty of it to butcher as of this moment.
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