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Offline John SMOthermon

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Re: tapping the ramrod - throwing the rod
« Reply #50 on: May 04, 2020, 11:43:52 PM »
Wait...I thought Flipper was a dolphin.  Or was that a porpoise? 

This is great conversation and analysis.  There are no wrong solutions with many things, just techniques.

Funny, I thought Brian Keith was a Mountain Man....
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Re: tapping the ramrod - throwing the rod
« Reply #51 on: May 05, 2020, 12:44:21 AM »
Wait...I thought Flipper was a dolphin.  Or was that a porpoise? 

This is great conversation and analysis.  There are no wrong solutions with many things, just techniques.

Funny, I thought Brian Keith was a Mountain Man....

I doubt that is what Charles Heston called Brian when he got a facefull of gas from Brian's flint lock while they were laying low shooting at the indians.  ;D
To Heston's credit as a great actor though, he did stick to the script so it was less noticeable to the viewers.  :)
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Re: tapping the ramrod - throwing the rod
« Reply #52 on: May 05, 2020, 01:00:26 AM »
...again each to their own. I was never shown the "bouncing the rod" system and early on none of my pals did it so I never tried it. If it makes you feel secure or are happy or it was the way you were taught who am I to criticize? Just keep shooting and having fun.
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Re: tapping the ramrod - throwing the rod
« Reply #53 on: May 05, 2020, 01:09:42 AM »
...again each to their own. I was never shown the "bouncing the rod" system and early on none of my pals did it so I never tried it. If it makes you feel secure or are happy or it was the way you were taught who am I to criticize? Just keep shooting and having fun.

You have a great attitude, and I (for one) appreciate it.  :)
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Re: tapping the ramrod - throwing the rod
« Reply #54 on: May 05, 2020, 01:52:28 AM »
I don't drop or throw the rod onto the seated ball; I just try and seat with the same pressure each time, fairly firm pressure.  I don't want to do anything that might adversely affect accuracy in my rifles.  I mean, the round balls from my rifles already keyhole badly as it is.   :o
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Re: tapping the ramrod - throwing the rod
« Reply #55 on: May 05, 2020, 02:24:49 AM »
I skimmed thru this discussion and havenít seen any mention about the shape of the rammer business end shape.  If it was the same female shape of the ball used and you tapped it down would it distort the ball to have any affect on accuracy? 
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Re: tapping the ramrod - throwing the rod
« Reply #56 on: May 05, 2020, 04:06:23 AM »
All of my rods on the business end are concave in the shape of the ball.

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Re: tapping the ramrod - throwing the rod
« Reply #57 on: May 05, 2020, 06:09:28 AM »
 ??? ???... doesn't anyone mark their rammer at the depth of their perfect load,...? :-\ :-\

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Re: tapping the ramrod - throwing the rod
« Reply #58 on: May 05, 2020, 07:29:25 AM »
??? ???... doesn't anyone mark their rammer at the depth of their perfect load,...? :-\ :-\

The only mark on my ramrod is to indicate the barrel is empty,.... in case I want to check if the barrel is loaded before blowing down it.
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Re: tapping the ramrod - throwing the rod
« Reply #59 on: May 05, 2020, 08:07:51 AM »
No marks on my rods. I can feel when the ball is on the powder - in every gun.
I don't need a mark to tell me when it's "there". They all load about the same
with the same basic "combination ratios" in each one, smooth or rifled. Similar
loading without any need or requirement for wiping.
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Re: tapping the ramrod - throwing the rod
« Reply #60 on: May 05, 2020, 08:14:07 AM »
All of my rods on the business end are concave in the shape of the ball.

Same here, as well as my short starter shafts, short and long.
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Re: tapping the ramrod - throwing the rod
« Reply #61 on: May 05, 2020, 07:36:48 PM »
All of my rods on the business end are concave in the shape of the ball.

Same here, as well as my short starter shafts, short and long.
You mean to tell me I shouldn't have been using that one that looks likes a large wood screw on the end ???

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Re: tapping the ramrod - throwing the rod
« Reply #62 on: May 05, 2020, 07:44:33 PM »
"You mean to tell me I shouldn't have been using that one that looks likes a large wood screw on the end?"

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Re: tapping the ramrod - throwing the rod
« Reply #63 on: May 09, 2020, 08:31:13 PM »
Just seat ball firmly on powder....then 3 more firm seats....No Bouncing in the last 40 years for me.

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Re: tapping the ramrod - throwing the rod
« Reply #64 on: May 09, 2020, 08:38:47 PM »
Just seat ball firmly on powder....then 3 more firm seats....No Bouncing in the last 40 years for me.

That's how i do it, but I've only got 30 years, and only 15 or so seriously working on my accuracy. I use three firmly held gentle taps, but any number will do, so long as you're consistent. 1-2 inconsistencies in your process and you're scratching your head trying to figure out why you're all over the place.

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Re: tapping the ramrod - throwing the rod
« Reply #65 on: May 10, 2020, 02:51:04 AM »
I don't "throw the rod".  One good push and it is seated to my satisfaction every time.