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Location: Idaho
Joined: 09/20/2003
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I have hunted elk with a round ball and I am a die-hard flintier as well.
At close range 50 to 75 yard with my 54, a round ball dose nice work on big mule and smaller cows and spikes. At the out limits you don’t get complete penetration but they do leave a good hole. I just wasn’t real comfortable about it though so I started molding my own maxis a couple years back and have since went to those for elk but have stayed with the RB for deer.
I to clean much as you stated .
i use 3F in barrel and 4F in the pan and black powder only

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Location: Nine Mile Falls Wash.
Joined: 09/20/2003
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If your always in a hurry to get somewhere or do something go modern and forget the smoke pole. But if you want the best hunt of your life and the challenges that go with it, stick to the blackpowder way and you will be a better hunter. Cleaning is part of the process that gets you there. Learn to slow down and enjoy it. Don't pass over the TC, it's a good quality weapon.

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Location: 'long the Big Horn River
Joined: 11/17/2003
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Like a few others here, I am a "Tradionalist". Water or "spit" cuts blackpowder foul'n very easy, and is the only thing I use to clean my rifles. After "clean'n", I follow with a "bear-oil" patch down the rifle bore and also wipe the outside of my rifle with the same patch.

If I cain't kill it with a roundball and blackpowder,.... it don't need "kilt"!!

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Joined: 12/11/2003
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T-7 or CLeanshot powder is the best, cleans up with 2-3 patches.