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    John McDouall Stuart
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    A Tip for Stuck Balls.

    For many people guns are a part of homesteading, for those of you who use a muzzle-loading rifle, you may at some time get a stuck ball. This most often happens when you lose concentration & load a patched ball without a powder charge! With a smoothbore this stuck ball is easy to pull, but with a rifle it can be tricky. I carry a good strong leather thong in my shot pouch just in case. This habit is left over from my rifle shooting days. Once you have attached the screw to your ramrod & screwed the screw into the stuck ball, take your leather thong & tie it to the end of the ramrod. Tie the other end to a sturdy sapling. Now you can pull on the gun/rifle rather than using just one hand to pull on the ramrod. Safer too if the gun is loaded. This method is also good when pulling a load. This is when you have a loaded gun & you want to unload it before putting it away or if you want to load again with a fresh load.
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    Thanks Keith, does the screw go directly into the lead or between the ball and the barrel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Loup View Post
    For many people guns are a part of homesteading, for those of you who use a muzzle-loading rifle, you may at some time get a stuck ball. This most often happens when you lose concentration & load a patched ball without a powder charge! With a smoothbore this stuck ball is easy to pull, but with a rifle it can be tricky. I carry a good strong leather thong in my shot pouch just in case. This habit is left over from my rifle shooting days. Once you have attached the screw to your ramrod & screwed the screw into the stuck ball, take your leather thong & tie it to the end of the ramrod. Tie the other end to a sturdy sapling. Now you can pull on the gun/rifle rather than using just one hand to pull on the ramrod. Safer too if the gun is loaded. This method is also good when pulling a load. This is when you have a loaded gun & you want to unload it before putting it away or if you want to load again with a fresh load.
    Keith.
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    Interesting topic and a great read, a stuck ball is not something that I had even considered would be a problem for muzzle loaders!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hairyman View Post
    Thanks Keith, does the screw go directly into the lead or between the ball and the barrel?
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    The brass base into which the screw part is secured insures that the screw is centered on the ball & stops it from going between the ball & the barrel, so you need the right fitting screw for your rifle's bore.
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