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Old 07-17-2005, 05:13 AM
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pedersoli frontier ( cabela's blue ridge) .36 cal

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As I recall I had to order .007 patches directly from italy. These are about like paper towels thickness. Seemed to work better but I think the roundballs were still wrong. Here's the correct diameter.

Still wondering if a .314 dia..32 auto pistol bullet in a sabot would work better. The twist is 1:48 length of barrel 39 inches. Bought this rifle 10 years ago and only shot it like 20 times. I cannot hit the side of my barn! May be that it's just not broken in yet I don't know.

any thoughts? Changed my mind about the wolfgang haga rifle and now I'm thinking about a jaeger with a green mt, fast twist barrel or a rice 34 in, 1 in 28 in. twist. So many ideas so few choices! Had all the parts lined out on the Haga rifle too. Still got the online order list if anyone is interested. If I had more $$$.... it would cost $700 or more.
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Old 07-17-2005, 05:38 AM
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one more thing

Still wondering if a .312-4 dia..32 auto pistol bullet in a sabot would work better.

I noticed there are maxi balls in .36 caliber .....this might be even better. Also buffalo bullets. If anyone has practical experience using these in the pedersoli frontier please reply.
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Old 07-17-2005, 08:04 AM
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Don't have that company's barrels in 36 but hae shot .36 slugs in another barrel (Hopkins & Allen). Don't know of any sabot makers for .36.

LAnd-to-land usully runs about .350"...keep that in mind as anything larger than goove diameter (unless it's an easy to compress cloth patch) is going to be hard to push down the barrel. The TC maxi-balls are only over sise at the front band, they load pretty easily.

Anything larger than the land-to-land diameter you'll have to beat down the barrel... mangles the bullet a bit. That force tends to increas with barrel depth as fouling seems to increase towards the brech...this makes it easier to accidently short seat a bullet leaving air space between powder and bullet base. Cleaning often (like very shot) can cure that last problem...runnign solid slugs through a sizer to make the .351" can cure the first problem.

Ned to be pure lead and with a 1:48 twist, not hevier (longer..twist really cares about length) than 125gr. Loaded with a hard card on the base (not a soft felt or fiber wad..a hard card wad), pure lead, sized as large as will allow you to load, and kicked in tehr um by enough FFFg, the bullet will bump up and spin...accuracy can be good.

But all in all, are stressing a .36 to the limit to achieve marginal power for hunting...125gr. of lead at 1800fps is just not going to make a .36 into good a deer gun.
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Old 07-17-2005, 01:01 PM
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I would not use this as a deer gun. I think the Indiana law sates it must be at least .45 cal with a .357 bullet. I forgot about the link for .36 cal sabots.
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Old 07-17-2005, 01:06 PM
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The 1 in 48 twist is the "correct" twist for roundballs in this caliber.......right? So what would the right twist be for sabots?
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Old 08-19-2005, 05:44 AM
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Flinter a .345 ball and .007 sounds like a very loose fit to me.My 36,its not a blue ridge but has .007 deep rifling,likes a .350 ball and anywares from a .010 patch to a .015.I use beef tallow but have used moose milk.I dont swab the small bore and if i use the right amount of lube i dont never have too.If i swab the small bore it pushes fouling down in the small patten breech and misfires happen in a short time.I use muslin patch material that is .012 that compresses to .006.I have used pillow ticklen from wally world that is .024 that compresses to .o14,it is a tight though and my groups are a litlle biggger with the tight combo and loads fairly snug.With the muslin patch i dont need a short starter if im using tallow.I like the looser fitin patch but i think there would be a point where the ball patch combo would be too loose and accuracy would fall off.
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Old 10-02-2005, 10:57 AM
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I agree with propredator. I have a .45 cal. Blue Ridge flinter. I use .440 cal. cast balls, .015 in. pillow ticken with home made moose milk and 70 gr. of FFFg Goex black powder. This will produce one hole groups at 50 yards in my rifle. I did replace the front sight with a Ted Cash German Silver blade front sight from Dixie. This sight is thinner and gives a better sight picture than the factory sight. The lock is a sure sparker. It has impressed several old timers with custom made rifles costing hundreds of dollars more. I have use this rifle in several mountain matches and have done very well. If you lay your rifle next to the more expensive Hatfield, you'll see the only difference is the name on the barrel. The Hatfield has a maple stock and the Blue Ridge has a walnut stock. For the money, Blue Ridge has it hands down! Your .36 cal. should be an excellant small game rifle. Just put more time in at the range and try different combinations until you find the one that's right for your rifle. You'll be glad you did!
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Old 10-06-2005, 07:19 AM
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I have had good luck with my Blue ridge .36 with .350 round ball (hand cast) .10th patch and 35 gr. 3f . I did change the sights . Good shooter ! also have the same gun in .50 cal .
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