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Offline Eric Krewson

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Ball starters
« on: December 29, 2019, 07:54:59 am »
I put this on the "What did you do today" thread but thought I would put it here as well.

I was playing with scrap osage and made some ball starters for my flintlocks. I hunt with a ball board and don't need to cut a patch, these smack a ball in with authority because of the flat surface area to strike with your hand and take up very little space. I made one for my 12ga fowler and one for my .54.




Offline Hawkdancer

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Re: Ball starters
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2019, 12:38:15 pm »
Nifty idea!  Especially for old hands!  I use a rubber mallet on the range, and my first charge when hunting, will try to  work up some of those!
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Offline Eric Krewson

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Re: Ball starters
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2019, 07:07:32 pm »
I should have made the shaft of the smaller one a little longer so I can hold it between my fingers for that first light smack to get the ball just started into the barrel.

Offline Hawkdancer

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Re: Ball starters
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2019, 12:07:30 am »
Aha!  That will help!
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Offline Mike Yancey

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Re: Ball starters
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2019, 08:51:31 am »
I like!

Offline mullet

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Re: Ball starters
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2019, 03:57:13 pm »
Nice, Eric. I'll have to make me some.
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Offline PaulN/KS

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Re: Ball starters
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2020, 08:48:13 am »
Those look pretty neat and handy Eric.  :OK

Offline Trapper Rob

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Re: Ball starters
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2020, 04:25:08 pm »
Those are nice

Offline Eric Krewson

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Re: Ball starters
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2020, 08:06:20 am »
As you can tell from the darkened osage I made the one for my fowler a year or so ago and have used it a good bit, it works perfectly.

I need to get a 1/2" round grinding bit to cut the cavity in the next .54 I make. It took me a while get the one in the picture hollowed out with small round dremel, the wood was as hard as a rock.