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Old 03-10-2009, 08:11 PM
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If you hunt all day and don't get a shot, what do you do to your rifle to make it ready for the next day (and perhaps the day after that) Pull the primer and leave the load in? Remove the load and reload in the morning? I just bought a break action in line rifle (I used a primitive caplock many years ago) My new rifle is easy to load and unload and should be a lot more reliable.
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:32 PM
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I leave it in but no more than a week. If it is a rainy day I discharge it and load fresh the next time out. Never had a problem because I never take chances.
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Old 03-10-2009, 10:23 PM
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i remove the primer and then slowly remove the breech plug and shake out my pellets then push the bullet out.BP is very corrosive so i dont leave it in.also im a clean freak i clean them after each outing
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Old 03-11-2009, 06:03 AM
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as a flintlock shooter I always discharge at evening clean and load next morning.
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Old 03-11-2009, 06:38 AM
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I agree with wmi, If moisture isn't a concern you shouldn't have to discharge your Muzzleloader at the end of each day.
Just be sure to remove the primer at the end of each hunt.
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Old 03-11-2009, 09:38 AM
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what's a primer? just kidding there BB.
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Old 03-11-2009, 12:16 PM
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Be sure to remove the "Ignition Source"
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Old 03-12-2009, 09:46 PM
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Im the same as wmi on this as well.. Our ML seasons in TN only last for a week at a time.. If I dont shoot I will leave it loaded for the remainder of the hunting week. After the week is over and I havent taken a shot I will set me up a target real quick and make sure im still zeroed in..
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Old 03-13-2009, 01:49 PM
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How about covering the muzzle during the day? I've heard of some hunters who use saran wrap or rubber to keep out rain or snow. My old caplock with open ignition didn't like rainy days and wouldn't fire reliably during wet spells.
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Old 03-13-2009, 02:25 PM
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Moisture is a Muzzleloaders worse enemy. I use the following Raingear to help on rainy days and YES they do help, I get them at Traditions Firearms


If I hunt during a heavy rainfall, I always discharge and clean my muzzleloader and reload for the following day.
I've never had a misfire while using the Raingear but moisture is moisture and it's better to be safe than sorry.
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