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Location: Idaho
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wood ramrods

Anyone out there soak their new wood ramrods in oil before using them? If so what do you use and how well do they hold up.
I have use tongue oil as well as mink oil but still have not been getting good penetration into the wood.

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Location: Nine Mile Falls Wash.
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wood ramrods

I can't really tell about oiling a ram rod because 20 years ago on my first B.P. shoot I wittnest a shooter loading and his wood ramron busted and proceeded to go right through his hand. It really mest up his day. I use a graphite ramrod and it does not need oiling. Just be careful when your raming that ball home.

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Location: Idaho
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wood ramrods

Yep they will do that. I have had one go into my hand many years back I have also seen the graphite and fiberglass do the same.
With a wooden rod we must oil it to get the flexibility. I usually broke one a year this year I broke to and shot one lol

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Location: Georgia
Joined: 08/13/2003
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wood ramrods

I have never oiled a ramrod. I have never had one break either. The one on my .54 TC is 27 years old.
Of course, the only time I use them is after a shot is taken in the woods. The rest of the time I use a range rod. For years I used a long hickory rod I bought at a muzzleloader match in '76. For the last 5 years I have used a brass range rod from October Country. A good range rod makes loading much, much easier.
My Flintlock has only has 4 shots loaded with the regular ram rod.

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