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Difference in 45 cal. rifles

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Difference in 45 cal. rifles

Postby bernieg » Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:16 pm

I have a 45 Cal. Senaca and a 45 Cal. Hopkins & Allen. The 45 Cal. Senaca will shoot a 440 ball with patching. The 45 Cal. Hopkins & Allen shoots a 445 Cal. ball with 15 patching. It is impossible to shoot the Senaca with 445 Cal. & patching. It does not work! My question is, is there a difference in Hopkins & Allen's 45 barrel that requires a Hopkins & Allen 445 ball? :prayer:
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Re: Difference in 45 cal. rifles

Postby excess650 » Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:11 am

It sounds like the TC Seneca has a tighter bore, so needs a smaller diameter ball or thinner patch. Muzzleloading bore sizes are relative terms as diameters and rifling patterns vary from maker to maker.

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Re: Difference in 45 cal. rifles

Postby bubba.50 » Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:35 pm

on the other side of the coin, though marked "45" a lot of Hopkins & allen barrels were actually 44cal & require a .433 ball. :huh?:
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Re: Difference in 45 cal. rifles

Postby Idaholewis » Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:24 pm

bubba.50 wrote:on the other side of the coin, though marked "45" a lot of Hopkins & allen barrels were actually 44cal & require a .433 ball. :huh?:


Could they have made them any more confusing? I guess so
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Re: Difference in 45 cal. rifles

Postby MrTom » Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:35 pm

Idaholewis wrote:
bubba.50 wrote:on the other side of the coin, though marked "45" a lot of Hopkins & allen barrels were actually 44cal & require a .433 ball. :huh?:


Could they have made them any more confusing? I guess so


They did this to bolster their after-market sales of hardwood ram rods.


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