i picked up that little trick from SAM FADALA, in one of his books on MUZZLELOADING.
He claims that many ol' timers would put several layers of the hornet nest(the outside paper like shell of the nest) between the powder and the patched ball to prevent the powder nearest the patch from being rendered useless by the LUBE. Now in the event that the rifle is loaded for target this practice is not necessary , with exception to my rifle. i have a Lyman 50 cal. plains rifle that will consistently shoot smaller groups if i put some nest or a folded dry patch between powder and ball. i've experimented with .490 & .495 balls and the .495 is the size my bore prefers. my tests were also done with 2 different patches of .010 and .015 pillow tick.
I'm sure my rifle is capable of smaller groups when being fired by someone with a steady hand and YOUNGER EYES. for target I need a quality PEEP SIGHT and a bright sunny day with the sun behind me.but for hunting , with this rifle , i'll stay with the wider sights.
braggin' rights,,,, best shot to date ,,,,2005; 80 yards; aimed for the heart and hit it; 2 yr old buck.
thanks for askin' m. hay