eugene wrote:I loaded mine for the very first time just a month ago, probably took at most 3-4 minutes.
Interesting. Very first time is a learning experience. Also depends on front stuffer and your set up. Once you are comfortable and knowledgeable (not saying you are not) your speed will pick up. There are do's and dont's, that will slow up the reloading. There types of projectiles that will also effect time to reload. Also with BP, grease is better than oil as a lubricant. One can not be a neat freak and shoot front stuffers.
While many guns come with a ram rod, don't use it. Make or buy a loading rod. Also mark your loading rod, empty chamber and loaded marks. In the Military they would "spring rammers" to check to see if something was in the chamber. Loading blocks as shown above greatly speeds up reloading. A ball starter helps a lot. (Very short ram rod, with a wide head for forcing the fit of the patched ball into the muzzle). You can also use premeasured capsules of powder. I should not, never never, ever use a powder flask to charge the rifle/Musket. On shooting a cap lock, do not remove the spent cap, until the chamber is loaded and ready to prime the action. Never place anything of value over the muzzle when loading and ramming.
On flint locks, at the lock there is a side blast from the vent, not nice if your fingers are in the way or someone is next to you.
Biggest impediment to loading is fouling. Minimize that and your reloading times will be better.
One reason I don't like any front stuffer less than .50 caliber, fouling is worse. Biggest bore that I shoot is .69 caliber. My first big bore was .58 Cal Zouave. A friend showed me how to avoid fouling. I could shoot 100 rds, without having to clear the bore of fouling. One of the front loaders that I regret selling.
Then there are pistols. I have done very well in Cowboy Action shooting, with my Colt Walker (reproduction).
Also there is metallic BP. I recently traded off my 45-100 Shilo Sharps. 1000M competition shooter.
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