Author Topic: The Mulebrain Palm Saver Short Starter Hack!  (Read 1257 times)

Offline Mule Brain

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The Mulebrain Palm Saver Short Starter Hack!
« on: March 11, 2023, 12:55:17 PM »
I shoot from the bag much of the time especially on woods walks. I came up with this idea and I really like it. It really helps get the ball seated on the powder
charge easily. I short start as normal, then run the ball down with the rod, then smack it as shown. This is really a big help with tighter fitting loads etc..








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Offline Dwshotwell

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Re: The Mulebrain Palm Saver Short Starter Hack!
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2023, 03:46:04 PM »
Brilliant simplicity. Thatís a great idea.
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Re: The Mulebrain Palm Saver Short Starter Hack!
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2023, 05:53:25 PM »
Ok, now I understand what was being discussed in another post. Great  idea thanks for sharing!
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Re: The Mulebrain Palm Saver Short Starter Hack!
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2023, 06:56:52 PM »
I have one of those " short starters " but it didn't start out to be that way. The short stubby brass nub on one of my starters had fallen out and the hole that held it looked like a good fit for the end of the loading stick.

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Re: The Mulebrain Palm Saver Short Starter Hack!
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2023, 08:15:36 PM »
I posted a video here, many years ago, showing the use of a short starter using the short stud to first get the ball and patch into the muzzle, then the long starter shaft to get it 6" down,
then when once almost on the powder, the hole in the starter's knob is placed on the end of the rod and given a smack with the palm, to seat the ball with the correct (the same) amount
of compression each time.
Anyone want to see that one, PM me your e-mail.  The picture site used here will not post it from my computer & I no longer have anything to do with photobucket.
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Re: The Mulebrain Palm Saver Short Starter Hack!
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2023, 11:27:27 PM »
I made a "palm saver" out of a piece of deer antler and normally use that if needed.
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Re: The Mulebrain Palm Saver Short Starter Hack!
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2023, 12:20:08 AM »
I do the same thing.  I like dual purpose items.  No need for a separate palm saver

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Re: The Mulebrain Palm Saver Short Starter Hack!
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2023, 04:07:20 AM »
I have one of those " short starters " but it didn't start out to be that way. The short stubby brass nub on one of my starters had fallen out and the hole that held it looked like a good fit for the end of the loading stick.
Yep, same here. On one of mine the longer shaft will slip out of the hole in the ball so that hole gets used for final seating.

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Re: The Mulebrain Palm Saver Short Starter Hack!
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2023, 09:03:10 AM »
Another good idea Mule Brain, Iíll have to try that!

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Re: The Mulebrain Palm Saver Short Starter Hack!
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2023, 12:09:23 AM »
I have a black plastic starter from the late 80's (either a CVA or a T/C) that also has the hole in the plastic ball section for a ramrod to compress the load. Picked it up shortly after I built my T/C Hawken kit in the early 80's.

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Re: The Mulebrain Palm Saver Short Starter Hack!
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2023, 01:11:21 AM »
Picture of early plastic palm saver on short starter (early 80's)


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Re: The Mulebrain Palm Saver Short Starter Hack!
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2023, 01:31:44 AM »
Great idea. I was thinking of making a ball starter out of birdís eye maple. I will have to include this idea in the design. Thanks 😊

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Re: The Mulebrain Palm Saver Short Starter Hack!
« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2023, 05:06:06 AM »
I made the starter for my 14 bore rifle, out of a broken ash baseball bat.
That's the one on the left. All of these have holes to fit the end of the rod for final seating of the ball.


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