Making Jäger balls (General)

by DCarlson @, San Antonio, Texas, Thursday, January 30, 2014, 03:39 (2385 days ago)

So after reading Øyvind Flatnes's new From Musket to Metallic Cartridge cover to cover, I'm going to load some Jäger balls with pillow-ticking wrapped around .490 lead balls for my .50 cal. caplock rifle ahead of the next club match. The book talks about tying of the material with a double clove hitch with "woollen or linen thread." Would cotton thread be OK? Or should the thread be a different natural fiber than the cotton pillow-ticking? :kikkeblunke:

Here in Texas muzzle-loading shoots one sometimes sees loading blocks worn around the neck on a leather thong. These have six to eight .50 caliber holes in a small wood slat. The hole is covered with a greased patch, and the stubb or short end of the short-starter is used to "start" the ball into the patch so the patch holds it into the opening. To load, the longer "spike" end of the short starter pushes the semi-patched ball into the muzzle and down the bore preparatory to using the ram rod to seat the projectile fully atop the powder charge.

Do any of the UK/European/Scandinavian shooters use such loading blocks? Just curious. :nerd:

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