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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-27-2008, 08:03 PM
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I agree, a week at the most.
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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-27-2008, 08:51 PM
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i take it out the same night just remove the breech plug and out comes the pellets and push the bullet out

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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-28-2008, 12:02 AM
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Using black powder multiplies the moisture problem 10 fold. This is why I discharge every night , clean and reload next morning. As wmi said leaving BP guns loaded for any length of time will at some point prove to be expensive. I can see where pellets would give you some additional hunting time without reloading, but for me I need additional assurances that the darn thing will go off. Also for us flintlock shooters the vent hole is a prime entryway for moisture to get to the main charge. On my TC firehawk I'll leave it overnight loaded and just put a a new musket cap on each morning. I don't hunt much with the inline anymore.
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