Re: Bullet Sizing-Lube Choice
A lot depends on your bullet design. Muzzleloader bullets are normally cast from pure lead to allow the bullet to be undersized enough to load, but soft enough to obturate when the rifle is fired. Some shooters prefer hollowbase bullets (Minies) which, as the name implies are hollow at the base to allow the gas from the powder to expand the base of the bullet to engage the rifling. Muzzleloader balls are used with fabric patches, soaked in melted bullet lube which act as a sabot of sorts, gripping the bullet tightly while engaging the rifling. There are many different muzzleloader bullet lubes, some guys just make their own from Crisco, beeswax & cooking oil. TC also offers a commercial lube that seems to work, but smells kinda funny.