Re: Need muzzleloader help please
OK, here is the latest info on MZ cleaning and use.
1. Requires absolutely dry bore each and every shot. IF you use a semi wet patch to swab between shots, follow with a dry patch.
2. MZ requires about a 1/2 inch compression on the powder load. All users have found that MZ needs heavy compression.
3. MZ cleans with soap and water or any normal gun cleaning solvent. However, no bore butter and remember Rule #1 applies.
4. Standard load for 50 caliber is between 90 and 120 grains where it tops out and with a 300 gr bullet that is around 1870-1900 FPS or so. Normal variance is 25-30 FPS.
5. That means you can go to any auto parts and buy anti-seize and then local normal cleaining solvents IF soap and water does not do it. For example Hoppes #9
6. Use a small drill bit to clean the breech flash hole after soaking. MZ fires with a #11 cap but take no chances.
As for extra tools. I would be an extended muzzleloading range rod that allows easier cleaning. I would also get the Spin Jag for TCs, (go to the Spin Jag website and order).. You will need a palm saver for the normal loading rod as you have to use heavy compression on the powder and it sure saves your palm. You can buy them or get a 2" round knob from a hardware and drill a hole to fit the ramrod. I would make sure the end of my short starter will fit the bullet very close and not hit the tip, or just buy one for the pointed bullets common now.
As you are stuck with one powder and one bullet, you have another issue. The Hornady is a naked bullet that might fit tight or loose in your gun. Remember TCs tend to run tight. Plus you will normally find a variance in the bullets as they come out of the package.
Measure the diameters and start with the smallest and try to seat it all the way down. If it falls in, then go to the next bigger and retry. You want a slightly tight fit to not allow it to fall, but slides down easily with a ramrod.
IF they are all too small and fall in, use a large file or wood rasp to put a rough knurl around one bullet and try again.
IF they are too large, then you can easily resize them to your needed diameter. Lee sells a sizing die in .005 increments for $20 that a lot of guys use.
The LR muzzle loaders are using those techniques to ensure uniform bullet fit and it works very well.