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Ardesa William Parker Match of London 1810 cal 45
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I bought this gun for a few €, i rebuilt the front sight because despite loads of 3F 15 - 18 - 21 was firing more and about 10 inches taller.
I managed to find the optimum combination with 15 gn 3F without meal, but honestly even with a cartridge case of the 45 ACP semolina i did not have any difference.
Seven shots in 10  Big Grin
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#2
Excellent!
What ball size, what patch size?
Evelyn
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#3
What range?
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#4
The round ball I got it from a dual cavity mold Lyman and is .445, the patches no measurements were made, I made with a 30 mm punch with a winter bed sheet that is slightly brushed, lubricated with grease of plant origin shoes with lanolin.
I recovered the patches shoot and I saw that the gases do not escape and you can see the marks of grooves.
The distance is 25 meters.
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#5
I'd guess the patch is at least 0.015 inches then. That and a .445 ball sounds a very tight fit to me. I sometimes have to use a mallet to get .440 ball and 0.015 patch down the bore.
I'm still experimenting, but at the moment accuracy seems to be much improved using a wad over the powder, malleting the ball lightly to seat it, and using a spit patch (yes, rather disgusting for polite company) rather than an oiled one.
At 25 metres that's very impressive, Saltner.
Evelyn
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