I have read where others have built custom aluminum ramrods with brass fittings on the end. I thought this was neat and decided I wanted to make one for myself. First I built 2-brass ends but then changed my mind because a brass spin jag was going to adorn one end and having a lot more brass length at one end wasn’t appealing to me. For the back end where I put on my brass fitting I wanted to ensure the best possible fit strength and decided to nose fit the aluminum rod into the brass fitting. They are secured together with a stainless 10/32 bolt body (head cut off) in the center. The preset hole in the brass body was made with a 9/32 drill and nose on the aluminum rod cut accordingly for diameter and length. There is something rewarding about building your own accessories.
Post by younghunter86 on Feb 22, 2009 16:13:32 GMT -5
Exceptional work. I often thought of doing something like that, but realized I didn't have the equipment or know how to pull it off. Great idea on the nose fitting for strength. It's not hard to break off a jag when they are just butted together.
Guys, Thanks for the compliments. The built ramrod does look good with my SS Barrel
I use a homemade T handle with my ramrod for loading and feel your assessment for the brass end easily breaking off is correct if it was just butted together. I thought the same and that is why I nosed the aluminum rod into the brass end. In case your are interested here are a few pictures of my T handle that easily slips on/off the ramrod. One picture is of it completed and the other is one disassembled to show the 4-components it is made of. My hands thank me for this one.
I try to stay out of trouble in the wintertime and some of these fun projects keep me occupied from doing just that. The good news is the range near my hunting partners home has now applied for an inspection to get it open again. If all goes well I will be visiting there around Easter and sending some rounds down range again. Hope once I get my new Vortex Scope setup I can send a few down 200yds before time runs out. Then about in the first week of May I will be visiting for a week Turkey Hunting and more range time opportunity will be available. Yep that itchin and a twitchin feeling is starting to intensify. ;D
Dave I actually carry my T handle in the field also as it fits nicely in my pocket. Aluminum & Stainless construction makes it easy to see when dropped and if left out overnight or exposed to rain it won’t rust. But what I also love is your concept for an internal bore guide for keeping the ramrod centered when loading. Mine is made out of brass where as yours is made from a polymer. The only problem with these too current items in my pocket is the sound of metal clanging when moving so I have to keep them in separate pockets.
Bloodtrailer I agree about this board having innovative people and have copied some of their ideas. It just makes the sport of muzzle-loading more fun and enjoyable. Also when you build your own accessories more satisfaction appears to be obtained. Good luck with your chosen project and if you are up to it I would enjoy seeing the end result.