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Offline Electric Miner

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An unloaded 1803
« on: September 06, 2013, 04:20:51 PM »
Got in my order from Track of the wolf, including a couple different styles of bullet pullers.

Squirted some Muzzle Magic Cleaner down the bore and let it sit a couple hours. Screwed a bullet puller onto one of my one-piece cleaning rods, started it with a rap from a rubber mallet, and screwed it home.

Tied the handle of the rod to a post in the yard, and yanked back on the rifle. Heard a pop and it felt like the rod pulled free, but when I pulled the rod out, the ball was on the end of the rod.


And is it odd looking...




It looks a bit like some sort of shotgun slug seated down the barrel flat side forward. The patch it was wrapped in feels like felt. Scrubbed the bore down with hot, soapy water until the water came out clear. Then dried it and oiled it.


Now for the test firing (Who knows when I'll have time for that, though I got in a batch of British flints from TOW this morning)
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Re: An unloaded 1803
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2013, 04:56:01 PM »
Did I miss something? I knew you had bought the Harper's Ferry, but didn't know it was "loaded". Was it dry balled or was there powder under the ball?

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Re: An unloaded 1803
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2013, 05:04:18 PM »
Yeah, I mentioned in the other thread that they sold it cheap because it was loaded. Just a ball and patch, no powder.
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Re: An unloaded 1803
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2013, 07:23:47 PM »
That is an odd looking projectile, but you got it out, and now you can shoot it.  (T^
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Re: An unloaded 1803
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2013, 07:09:27 AM »
It looks like a normal round ball that was whacked on. They must have used a five pound hammer to seat their loads. )L$
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