Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Okefenokee Swamp
You don't patch a large lead ball either.
Patch being defined as wrapping around the ball and obstructing windage. Wadding does not wrap around the ball.
If straps are used they must be a loose slip fit in the bore.
Bottom line is that if you have to "ram" the ball like a rifle, something is very wrong.
I don't often bare my soul, it's ugly and tends to frighten people.