From what I've read Bayberry is labor intensive to process. Not sure why they did it back then. I found out though that mice like to chew on it. (I hope it gave the little buggers indigestion) Your mold plan sounds good. Sizing should work and I think S&S has them. If the molds don't produce good results you can always trade it off to another shooter or sell it. If you find someone with a used mold maybe you can ask them to send you a few sample bullets to test for fit before you buy. I've done that and it saves both parties some headaches and postage. And dead soft lead is the rule for minie and round ball. Avoid wheel weights. I've bought old lead pipe from recycling places, lead cable sheathing is pure enough to work too. Clean up any lead pipe and make sure there is no solder. I've swopped aluminum cans for soft lead with the recycling places. Cheap enoughBayberry wax? Might have been a way to flavor your soup at the same time. I googled it and saw one source for $18.95/pound. I seem to recall paying about half that for beeswax.
Not yet. I'm going to do a little shopping and try to pick up a used one before I commit. I'm thinking .581 or .582 - Peter, what do you suggest? If I go with a larger size I can always size it down later if needed without buying another mold.
I have two CW rifle muskets.
a Springfield type III and a Remington Zouave.
both are great condition and the Zouave is 'unissued'. almost perfect.
note: while the Springfield takes a .582 Minnie ball,in the Zouave it is too tight. Makes me thing the Remington is .577 like the Enfield and the US Spring. is .58. anyone notice this?
That Remington looks nice. How about more pics? and include pics of your Springfield. Are both original CW period? I’m not much of a collector I just like to shoot. A little while ago I thought of getting a period gun in shootable condition, but nothing I can afford seems very shootable. I acquired an original Enfield from a very nice CWT member. It would probably be OK to shoot but I’ve changed my mind about that. It would seem almost like abusing a sacred relic. I have reproductions of the main two guns that I wanted, a P53 Enfield and a 61 Springfield. Like many folks I wanted to have guns like those I know my ancestor carried. I also picked up a repro 63 Springfield, the Miroku that I’ve posted about. Currently it’s in Todd Watts’ shop for a little work. If I can make good shooters out of these three, especially the Parker Hale Enfield, I'll be happy.
So, @kenysd, if you read my earlier posts in this thread I gave the sizes of the bores of my three reproductions. I never did size the Zolli Zouave before I sold it. (Have you done that yet @BillH?) I have molds and sizers for .575-.577 bullets for the Parker Hale Enfield and the bullet that drops from the Lyman 575213-OS seems to shoot OK in the Armi Sport Springfield without sizing it. (I forget the size as it comes out of the mold.) I've learned some important lessons from all of this, among them are: (1) This hobby can get expensive; (2) Shooting for accuracy can get very complicated and technical; and, (3) it's still a lot of fun.
I posted WTB threads at both N-SSA and and here to try and find a .582 mold to shoot the Miroku, and I’ve got lots of good advice. I’ve had no offers from anyone looking to sell a mold but I’m leaning toward Moose Moulds’ “International Minie.” Here’s what they told me about it: "In a .582 diameter, we offer our International Hollow Base Mould in a .582-475. This design has a skirt thickness of approximately .070-.075. We also offer this mould with the base plug to our Old Style Minnie, which would reduce the skirt thickness to approximately .045-.050."
I have no clue whether to choose the standard base plug or the old style base plug and hence a thinner skirt. Anyone have a recommendation?
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