muzzleloader ramrods can be a hassle, often when you least want it.
Things happen when hunting, mostly good things, but there are times
when Murphy's Law kicks in. Sometimes, the object of Murphy's wrath
is the ramrod. All kinds of things happen to otherwise innocent ramrods.
Evil trees and bushes can silently snag them out of your rifle. You
can easily spot a muzzleloading hunter that has been the repeated victim
of ramrod snag a mile away. He normally has his ramrod secured
with a pile of black electrician's tape to his rifle. That might seem
like a good idea, until you try to quickly remove your ramrod. It isn't
a pretty sight.
get placed in box blinds and aren't picked up. Ramrods are sometimes
left at the range, ramrods somehow don't always get packed in with your
rifle. Out in the field we might be left looking for the little
ramrod that wasn't there. If not us, then it might be our hunting
buddy that asks with soulful eyes, Hey, have you seen my ramrod
by chance? It happens more than you might think. Plastic factory
muzzleloader ramrods often break. Naturally, they break at the wrong
time. I've had ramrods on review guns break repeatedly the first time
out. I was starting out with a spinning rod, but I ended up with a Popiel
a rare look at a portion of the haunted forest naturally full of haunted,
evil trees and bushes. These nasty woodland creatures may strike without
warning, sneakily stealing away your ramrod silently, leaving you unable
to load or reload your muzzleloader: an unspeakable horror.
don't do a thing to help accuracy. As a result, I normally hunt with
the ramrod out of the gun. I'd like my range work to simulate field
conditions and my range work is with the ramrod out of the gun. Ramrods
jumping out of ferrules is distracting. Ramrods don't always disturb accuracy, but the accurizing effect of a ramrod is one I've
never seen . . . maybe it is something like the meat seeking sabot?
In the case of many break-action muzzleloaders, the ramrod isn't long
enough. It can only go to the where the action opens and then we are
fresh out of room. It may way be long enough to seat a bullet, but not
long enough to swab or clean a barrel.
Innovations, the Spinjag People, now offer what they
have dubbed the g3RAMROD. It is a three piece solid
aluminum ramrod that is beautifully, evenly black anodized. With a Spinjag
attached to the shorter section, you have three ramrod sections about
9-1/4 inches in length (9.33 inches). Spin them together, you have a
28 inch ramrod that is as tough as they come. If you pop the three pieces
in your backpack or range bag, you'll never be without a ramrod ever
again, nor will your hunting buddies. It is small enough that you alternatively
can carry it in cargo pants, a zippered hunting coat pocket, and so
forth as you prefer.
Spinjag itself rotates with your sabot as you seat it, so the ramrod
in your hand remains stationary. It inhibits canting or cocking a bullet
upon loading as well as deforming the bullet nose. The short, stubby
types of bullets (Hornady XTP) aren't particularly prone to canting
when loading. The better flying, more ballistically efficient spitzer,
semi-spitzer, or polymer-tipped bullets by comparison certainly are.
When you do clean your barrel with a cotton patch, it isn't all that
uncommon for a stationary jag to lose the patch in your barrel. This
is another Murphy thing, it only happens when you really
don't appreciate it. Rather than trying to snag a patch with a patchpuller
worm attachment that nobody ever carries, it is far better not to lose
a patch in the first place.
folks hunt with the Spinjag Loader on a ramrod in their rifle, as the
Spinjag Loader is larger and a closer fit to most muzzleloading bores.
If you're using Blackhorn 209, you never spit-patch between shots anyway.
The Spinjag loader is not knurled, though, and is no cleaning jag. The
g3RAMROD with the standard Spinjag attached takes care of any cleaning
issues that might come up.
not sure about you, but I get the vague impression that the above giRAMROD
has a tapered end? The tapered end is suitable for most T/C models:
Encore, Pro Hunter, Omega, Triumph, Triumph Bone Collector, and the
I hunt with an original Spinjag-equipped giRAMROD in all my rifles.
Gunn Innovations makes them to match most all ramrod diameters and lengths.
In the case of the T/C Encore, for example, you have a tapered end that
helps secure the ramrod to your rifle. Gunn Innovations offers those
as well, just tell them what make and model of muzzleloader you are
using and they will take it from there. With a Spinjag-equipped rod
in your gun and a g3RAMROD in your backpack, you may or may not be ready
for Freddy. But you are ready for Murphy, as the g3 rod is the solution
to plastic ramrod pollution and the haunted forest that grabs ramrods
in the early morning or after sunset when you least expect it.