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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-16-2016, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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Percussion caps and rain?

Hello, I have a TC New Englander .54 cal. It is a "traditional " hammer lock percussion rifle. I use the factory iron sights and the rifle is very accurate with 90 grains of 2F and .530 PRBs.

My question- how reliable are these cap locks in rainy weather and what precautions should be taken? ..... any advice would be greatly appreciated, Thanks, Mikail
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Re: Percussion caps and rain?

Better than a flinter in the rain but not as waterproof as a rifle.Could seat your cap then rub some wax around the outside to help.A calfs knee or similar helps.I use a piece of leather I waterproofed and cover the lock area.I shy away from plastic covers that trap moisture under it.

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Re: Percussion caps and rain?

X2. An ounce of prevention.

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Re: Percussion caps and rain?

Run rubbing alcohol and patch down the bore. You want a dry bore on damp days. Also, if you fire the ML, moisture will attract the fouling like a magnet. Wipe that bore clean before reloading and fire three caps before loading again.
Keep the muzzle pointed downwards in bad weather and check your bullet for proper seating. Moving around with barrel pointed downward can produce a loose ML bullet.

Put a tire air stem cap over your #11 cap. When cocking to fire, remove the tire cap. I also put a cotton ball over the muzzle-end in questionable weather. It will not apply any more bore pressure when shooting and neither will it change the course of your bullet. It keeps water and things falling from trees from entering your bore while seated.
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