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Old February 7th, 2019, 09:42 AM #11
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Old February 8th, 2019, 11:16 AM #12
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I've had one for sometime in .45. The biggest problem I had to get around was the patent breech on the thing. These are very narrow (about .20 caliber or smaller) and relatively long. This will cause 2F to bridge in the front of the breech and not fall through to the touch hole. 3F works better but can still bridge after several shots. To load the rifle and prevent problems I first wipe the bore with a patch with rubbing alcohol to remove all oil. Then I remove the touch hole liner and use a pipe cleaner with alcohol to clean the oil from the patent breech. Replace the touch hole liner and proceed to load after the alcohol has had a chance to evaporate.
Then load the charge of powder, and then still holding the rifle up right bring it up and run a pick into the touch hole to feel for powder. If it is not there (and it usually isn't) I rap on the left side of the breech area of the rifle 2 or 3 times and recheck with the pick and can then usually "feel" powder. When I do, I then continue to load with a bullet or patched ball. I've found that using two wonder wads over the powder will improve accuracy quite a bit and will help clean the barrel so wiping between shots is unnecessary. Then I prime with 3F. Shoot. Reload...repeat.
I don't like the small screws holding the barrel on and have found using a clamp on device with a tube to be better for cleaning as when I was removing the barrel to clean the POI seemed to change after every cleaning. Cleaning with the barrel still in the stock seems to keep the POI the same.
Oh, did not like the sights and changed them out for a set of sights that have a white bead in the front and a adjustable one in the rear.(Lyman)
Although I'm sure your process yields reliability it seems rather cumbersome.
I don't have a pedersoli but in order to remove the vent liners on mine, I have to remove the lock. I only do that when done for the day and cleaning at home.

My only problems with misfires was from too wet a patch while cleaning between shots and shoving wet crud down the patent breach you speak of.
drilling out the vent hole, using 3F and not cleaning so much solved most of that. The other issue I had was my jag was WAY too big even though it was a "40 cal" muzzleloading jab.
I turned it down with a drill press and file to lik3 .340 (40 cal barrel) and put a more rounded tip on it so the cleaning patch would slide down then do its cleaning upon pulling out.

I do tamp down the butstock some after loading to get more powder into the patent breach though on my Dixie Cub (Pedersoli barrel).
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Old February 9th, 2019, 08:25 AM #13
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Although I'm sure your process yields reliability it seems rather cumbersome.
I don't have a pedersoli but in order to remove the vent liners on mine, I have to remove the lock. I only do that when done for the day and cleaning at home.

My only problems with misfires was from too wet a patch while cleaning between shots and shoving wet crud down the patent breach you speak of.
drilling out the vent hole, using 3F and not cleaning so much solved most of that. The other issue I had was my jag was WAY too big even though it was a "40 cal" muzzleloading jab.
I turned it down with a drill press and file to lik3 .340 (40 cal barrel) and put a more rounded tip on it so the cleaning patch would slide down then do its cleaning upon pulling out.

I do tamp down the butstock some after loading to get more powder into the patent breach though on my Dixie Cub (Pedersoli barrel).
As you say the lock has to come off to remove the liner, but the lock will be cleaned at that time to remove the oil from it as well so no real trouble. This process is only done prior to the first load on a clean, oiled rifle.

I prefer to rap the side of the rifle with the palm of my hand instead of bumping the butt on the ground as I don't want to damage the butt plate or butt stock. I might get too enthusiastic. I have found the addition of the wonder wads over the powder does increase accuracy. I first tried one and found an improvement and thought if one is good, two must be much better, and it was. It also eliminates wiping between shots so there is no chance of crud being pushed where it doesn't belong and really saves a little time on reloading.

The OP was asking about experiences with this rifle and I was attempting to do so. I think we're all trying to do what works best for us and beyond the basics, I don't think there are any hard and fast rules for us.

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