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Discharging at the end of the day.

Tomorrow will be my first time hunting with a ML. I bought my ML in the spring and can't wait to get out with it. Is it common practice to discharge the weapon into the ground at the end of the day (if you don't get anything), or do you just remove the primer if you are going again soon?

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Re: Discharging at the end of the day.

You don't have to fire as long as primer, cap or flash pan charge is empty. You mentioned primer so I assume you have an inline. Just make sure your powder chg is keep dry.

BTW, if you have a removable breech plug you can save the bullet by just pushing the load out the breech...bullets are costly.
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Re: Discharging at the end of the day.

Thanks for the reply.I think I will just remove the breech plug once I get home and push the load out.
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Re: Discharging at the end of the day.

i shoot my off when done at the end of the day but mine is a flinter. to be perfectly safe, i would do the same with an inline. when you get home, pull the plug and run a couple patches of bore cleaner and then dry patches until dry. that way you're sure of your shot next day too.

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Re: Discharging at the end of the day.

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You don't have to fire as long as primer, cap or flash pan charge is empty. You mentioned primer so I assume you have an inline. Just make sure your powder chg is keep dry.

BTW, if you have a removable breech plug you can save the bullet by just pushing the load out the breech...bullets are costly.
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Re: Discharging at the end of the day.

If I'm not going back out in the near future I usually shoot my flintlock at the end of the day. I usually look for a rotted stump rather than the ground. Gotta be careful if its cold out and you bring it inside a warm building with the charge still in it though.
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Re: Discharging at the end of the day.

Yes,if your not gonna discharge it leave it in it,s case in an unheated locked safe storage area.I have a friend who is an older gentleman who doesn,t have to worry about kids etc.,and he hunts everyday in the flinty season.If he doesn,t shoot it during the season he won,t shoot it off till the last day.He keeps it locked up in his unheated garage.If you take precautions to keep your powder dry and keep your rifle tuned it won,t let you down.It hasn,t let me or my friend down yet.
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Re: Discharging at the end of the day.

I keep mine loaded. But, as a precaution I write" This Gun is Loaded" on a Styrofoam Plate and push it over the end of the Ramrod. Just in case I have one of those Senior Moments that everyone talk about.....
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Re: Discharging at the end of the day.

I like to shoot mine out, well...just because I like shooting, and like just having it in my hands while I'm cleaning it, you know, I like to think of it as bonding time.
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Re: Discharging at the end of the day.

I also like to unload my flintlock after hunting for the day. But I don't shoot it. I bought a CO2 discharger which is, for me, an indispensible tool. I remove the powder from the pan, put the adapter in the touch hole and press the handle on the CO2 discharger. The CO2 gentlly pushes the powder, patch and ball out the muzzle. Then I run a few patches of my lube of choice down the barrel and I am done. I don't have to worry about cleaning the barrel and lock like I do if I fire the gun. This method also lets you look at your patched ball ( as long as you follow it with your eye) just to be sure the patch has not been cut when loading. This method also has eliminated my need for a ball puller in case I didn't put any powder in for my main charge. The CO2 discharger is about 20 bucks from Cabela's and the small cannisters are pretty inexpensive. I've never tried it on a maxi-ball or mini-ball so I couldn't tell you if it works with them. There may be too much friction. But the compressed CO2 works great with a patched round ball.
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