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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-16-2009, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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fouling shot

those of you who use a "fouling shot" prior to going hunting. Do you use a full load with powder and bullet, powder only, or just pop a cap or two?

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Re: fouling shot

I will be using a full load. this is my first year hunting ML so I might be doing it wrong.
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Re: fouling shot

If you foul with BP ... How can you leave it in with out cleaning ... iS that not going to be an issue?

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Re: fouling shot

I use shockey's Gold powder.
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Re: fouling shot

gentleben, I completely remove all oil from bbl with alcohol patch & then dry. Pop 2-209's & then double ck the breech plug fire channel to see if completely clear. IMO thats all the fouling needed plus its non-corrosive as compared to bp. Sometimes a lil crud can block fire channel after snapping caps. A TC Inline Nipple Pick is a great tool to clear breech plug fire channel. A thin wire will also work but aint as purdy plus you know how I love dem gadgets!!!!


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Re: fouling shot

I usually just pop a few 209's off.
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Re: fouling shot

So ... In the case of Flint ... How do you foul?

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A little 4f through the pan and some pyrodex down the pipe.
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Re: fouling shot

Inline, I just snap a couple 209's and run a pic to make sure it's clear.

Flinter, drop the hammer on a flash pan of FFFF, run a pic into the touch hole to clean & clear before loading with BP. This also lets me know the flint is "seated" in the hammer properly and my frizzen is in good shape to make lots of "fire".

Percussion long rifle, snap a couple of #11's while holding the muzzle down next to a blade of grass or a leaf. Moving the grass/leaf lets me know from the nipple to the muzzle it is clear and ready to load. Run a pic (welders tip cleaner) into the nipple to make sure it is clear before loading with BP.

I only use "wanna be" Black Powder (777 or clean shot)in my inlines upon occasion. Only use BP in my long rifles.

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Re: fouling shot

My muzzleloaders are right on the money first shot out of a clean barrel so fouling shots aren't necessary. I do know there are some barrels that require a fouling shot. When I used to shoot at BP matches, most shooters routinely fired a fouling shot before shooting at target.

Inline- I dry patch barrel and fire two 209's before loading not so much for fouling but to ensure that the little hole in breech plug is open. Flinter- dry patch barrel, wipe frizzen and pan w/alcohol patch, load rifle, run pick in vent and good to go.

To answer your question gentleben, I would try snapping a few caps in your inline before loading, shoot it and see if it is zeroed. Firing a full load and wasting a $1 bullet would be a last resort.
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