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red flakes in yer barrel

years ago an old timer told me how to tell if the powder you loaded is completely burning or yer just wasting powder.After working different loads inspect the end of yer barrel {inside} after each shot.And look for small red flakes in the barrel.This is a sign that yer getting a proper burn and not wasting powder. 

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What are the red flakes

What are the red flakes composed of?

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red flakes

this was using just old black powder,if any snow on the ground look for black powder blowing out thats not burnt.

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I have been hunting for over

I have been hunting for over 40 years with a black powder rifle with both "plain old black powder" and with all the newer ones and have never heard anything about red flakes in the barrel.  Also checking for black flakes out of the barrel on snow will not tell you anything.  The black powder leaves a residue and if you dump in onto the snow it will also look black. 

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red flakes in barrel

excuse me,I have shot muzzle since 1975 off and on.And I am passing on some info I was given by an old timer who has shot more than I at the time I was told.I don't know what the red flakes are,but remember I could see some in the barrel 2 or 3.And appearently yer not overloading the barrel with to much powder and just blowing some unburned powder out on the ground. I am just passing on something and wondering if any other heard of the like.       

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