Short Starter - select size

Size.32 to .38 caliber with 5/16" brass rod

Short starter for .32 to .38 caliber, 5/16" brass rod, made in the USA

Short starter, ball starter for .40 or .45 caliber patched round balls, 3/8" hickory rod, brass tips

Short starter for .50, 7/16" hickory rod, maple ball handle made in the USA

Short starter for .54 and larger caliber balls, 6" hickory 1/2" rod, brass tips, made in the USA

Known as a Short Starter or ball starter, use the small stud to bump the patch and ball into the muzzle, to engrave the rifling. Use the longer rod to start the ball, then use your ramrod. Use short strokes of your ramrod to seat the ball on the powder charge. Avoid grasping the ramrod high above the muzzle, which may flex the rod to the breaking point. Short strokes, about the length of the starter rod, will work perfectly.

Wipe the bore after each shot, including the first shot. A dirty bore may result in a stuck patch and ball, or a broken ramrod. A patched round ball slides smoothly down a clean bore. Modern synthetic patch lubricants (Wonder, 1000, Miracle) are very slippery, allowing reloading without wiping, but this is not good practice.

The maple ball is fitted with a short brass stud and a longer concave brass rod (smallest size) or brass tip (larger calibers). Finished in hot linseed oil, with waterproof glue, the brass rod and tip should give a lifetime of service.

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Short Starter - select size


Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Malcolm W.
High quality Short Starter

I always trust Jim Kibler to provide high quality tools and shooting supplies.

Terry Bowling
Short starter

So far every product I've purchased from Kibler has been fantastic. The support is awesome, friendly & patient Thank You so much!!!!!

Andrew Packett

Does the job well! Even for first time muzzleloaders!


Liquid Shipping

Liquids will not ship in the kit box. There are different regulations that apply to the chemicals that we sell and they will need to ship ground, when the kits will ship USPS Priority Mail. Plus, it would really stink if a liquid were to leak on your beautiful new kit!

Order tracking

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