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 Post subject: Pulling balls
PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:54 pm 
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Pulling stuck balls from muzzle loaders is not always as easy as you might think and a cannon is a muzzle loader. This particular one was a .700" that originally came from Kranks with a ball absolutely jammed tight so out came the very stuck ball puller, you can do this sort of job with a slide hammer as well however it is very easy to rip the screw out if you are overly enthusiastic hence using the screw type puller.

The bushing is to align it to the bore and it is just a matter of screwing the extractor screw into the stuck ball a suitable distance and then jack the offending item out using the front bar.

The front end is a wood screw with the end turned down to fit inside the front adapter and the main thread locks the screw in place with a locknut behind.

Once the ball was out the reason for the fail to fire as immediately apparent, the bore had not been cleaned properly in the past and a plug of fouling had built up and eventually blocked the flash hole from inside, so a good measure of powder could be added and the fuse inserted into the flash hole however the fuse was not able to ignite the powder...

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