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Old 07-09-2008, 06:28 AM   #9371
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It most definitely has to do with guns.....
That should narrow your searches.
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Old 07-09-2008, 08:01 AM   #9372
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go for it, Barbs.......
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Old 07-09-2008, 10:10 AM   #9373
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It's used to load a muzzle loader. The stick end pushes to load into the barrel and the other end applys/presses the percussion cap into place.
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Old 07-09-2008, 10:40 AM   #9374
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can you translate, Andy?????? Jest kidding...........I believe whatever you just said........:):):)
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Old 07-09-2008, 10:48 AM   #9375
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It's used to load a muzzle loader. The stick end pushes to load into the barrel and the other end applys/presses the percussion cap into place.
Sounds like you still didn't find it..... but I'll give it to you because you're pretty darn close
Yes, it is used to help load a muzzleloader. Any muzzleloader, not just persussion caps. If you seated the cap with anything but your fingers, you'd probably set it off

When you set the ball (bullet) on top of the patch and on top of the muzzle, you rest the short brass piece that's on the round part on top of the ball and give it a rap with your hand to get the ball started down the barrel. Then you use the longer end to seat it even further, which makes finishing it off with the ramrod easier. Of course they couldn't be bothered with all that if they were in a hurry

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Old 07-09-2008, 11:01 AM   #9376
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how old is this gun????????
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Old 07-09-2008, 11:16 AM   #9377
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how old is this gun????????
How old are muzzleloaders? They go back a ways, as they were the first guns. I don't think ball starters are that old though. Seems like a modern invention to me to make life easier for the muzzleloader enthusiasts. That's just a guess though.
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Old 07-09-2008, 11:22 AM   #9378
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The percussion clue got me onto the caps. I'll be back shortly with a pic.
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Old 07-09-2008, 11:31 AM   #9379
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Take a shot at this baby.

No questions about how big is it.
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