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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 12-29-2014, 01:38 AM Thread Starter
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lessons learned..uncock the hammer and more

Apparently I left my hammer cocked after last year. I'm newer to the muzzle loader and I wouldn't even think to check. Well at some point...the spring gave way and snapped in half...it does make sense after I think about it...that it would snap. I had an extra...Long story..but up and running...thankful for simple traditions deerhunter I will say..if you think you are really cleaning your gun...take the lock out...you'll find you are not.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 12-29-2014, 10:49 AM
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Re: lessons learned..uncock the hammer and more

Taking the lock out and examining the recesses for spilled, and built up priming powder, is something every flint shooter should do. Not only for maintenance purposes but to clean out any accumulated fine priming powder that may, over time, accumitate behing the lock. An errant spark from an ignition can sometimes find its way into a nest of old prime that has taken up housekeeping in the mortise area and cause "unintended consequences". I have never seen it personally, but one of my shooting friends did and his telling of the story was enough to convince me that I don't want to have the same experience.

Good night Chesty, wherever you are......
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