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Big Game Hunting => Muzzleloader Hunting => Topic started by: HAGEMANIAC on September 26, 2020, 08:04:27 PM

Title: Bullet Starter Advice
Post by: HAGEMANIAC on September 26, 2020, 08:04:27 PM
New muzzy this year, Knight Bighorn. They have came a long way from last I hunted with one 20 years ago. Anyone have experience with a ball/bullet starter damaging the polymer tips of Barnes bullets? I bought the Barnes jag for my rod, but I'm worried I may damage the tips getting them started.  Any advice/experience/recommendations for this? Thanks
Title: Re: Bullet Starter Advice
Post by: BigGoonTuna on September 26, 2020, 08:13:28 PM
I have a bullet starter, but rarely use it. Itís threaded so you can use one of the Barnes jags if you felt so inclined.

I pretty much always use one of the aftermarket jags on my knight ramrod with any sort of tipped bullets; the threaded hole has a tendency to grab the gummy tips and pull them out of the sabot   :yike:
Title: Re: Bullet Starter Advice
Post by: andersonjk4 on September 26, 2020, 09:08:03 PM

I use a threaded jag designed for the tipped bullets on both my starter and my rod. But be careful, I had one that was supposed to be for tipped bullets but was the wrong shape and would dig into the tips and pull the bullets a little ways out of the sabot. Not good.
Title: Re: Bullet Starter Advice
Post by: elkboy on September 27, 2020, 08:07:17 PM
One thought related to this topic is changes in the ease with which bullets/sabots can be started in the barrel.  I found, over several years of shooting two of my muzzleloaders, that starting and ramrodding bullets was getting harder and harder.  Sabotloader put me onto J-B Bore Paste, which is a micro-abrasive paste to clean years' worth of hard barrel fouling accumulation from your bore.  It has worked wonders for me, reducing the need to even use a bullet starter (I do have one). 

A small amount of the J-B bore paste should be smeared in the center of a lightly oiled patch, then scoured up and down the barrel about 20 times with a good ramrod or range rod.  Repeat if bore is severely fouled.  Cleanup of the bore is best done with 90% isopropyl alcohol.  Then, finish with your normal bore cleaning operation.  Maybe Sabotloader can correct my memories of the procedure he taught me, but this has worked so well to restore my bores to like they were on day of purchase.  Cheers, -M