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Niederlander:
Sounds good!  Think I'll probably go with 24'.

Hair Trigger Jim:

--- Quote from: Lucky R. K. on August 14, 2023, 08:29:06 AM ---
In my opinion the tube should reach almost to the breach with just enough room left for your charge. The idea is to keep any powder grains from touching the rifling on the way down. This keeps the grains from being crushed and the fall helps them to settle together. The settling makes for the charge occupying a smaller area and a more even burn of the powder.
Lucky  ;D

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Are we talking about a drop tube for loading metallic cartridges, or is this for loading a muzzleloading rifle?  I've never seen a drop tube for a front-stuffer, although if precision is paramount, it may be a good idea for the reasons mentioned here.  Whether it would be practical in the field is another question.

LongWalker:
The one I usually use is about 27" long (it used to be an aluminum arrow shaft). 

When I was trying to maximize the amount of powder I could get into a 45 Colt case, I experimented some with a 36" tube.  It didn't seem to give much improvement in compacting the powder grains, and velocities were no more consistent. 

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Lucky R. K.:

--- Quote from: Hair Trigger Jim on August 15, 2023, 08:19:22 AM ---Are we talking about a drop tube for loading metallic cartridges, or is this for loading a muzzleloading rifle?  I've never seen a drop tube for a front-stuffer, although if precision is paramount, it may be a good idea for the reasons mentioned here.  Whether it would be practical in the field is another question.

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I was talking about use for long range muzzleloading rifles as I have used in international competition with the U.S.I.M.L.T. I have also used them with cartridges used in long range competition with a Browning Creedmoor rifle chambered in 45-90. Powder grains poured slowly through a drop tube will settle them, allowing more powder in the case than just dumping it in with a charger. I got too old and fat to compete, but I still know how to do it. If you haven't done it, don't knock it.
Lucky  ;D

Hair Trigger Jim:
I certainly didn't mean to knock it;  :)I'd just never heard of it.  My dad never carried a drop tube when muzzleloader hunting, so I haven't either.  Nor have I ever used one for target shooting, but then I've never been to a muzzleloader competition.  For precision shooting, it seems like it would have all the advantages of a drop tube for cartridges, with the additional benefits you mentioned about keeping the powder off the rifling.  As they say, you learn something old every day!

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