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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-24-2009, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Fouling out necessary??

I was always taught to foul out the rifle with 20-30grains of powder and then wipe off pan frizzen touch hole with alcohol. just wondering if necessary or not. thanks . by the way put the charge up to 80gr and much better at 75 yards, no more drop and not much higher at 40 and groups did not open they got a little tighter if anything.

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Re: Fouling out necessary??

no its not necessary-- UNLESS your rifle needs a fouled bore to hit POA for the first shot
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Re: Fouling out necessary??

Necessary? I don't know about that but I sometimes fire a blank, depending on the conditions, before getting into the woods just to foul the bore. My LGPR shoots better with a fould bore. As for the alcohol... I don't bother after a fouling shot. I just pick the touch hole with a feather stub after loading the main charge and then prime.

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Re: Fouling out necessary??

Nothing,,,,NOTHING attracts moisture from the air faster than powder residue.

So.....if you really want to avoid that "click"....you may want to re-think that fouling thing.

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Re: Fouling out necessary??

If you need a fouling shot to hit POI you are not shooting a tight enough ball & patch combo
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Re: Fouling out necessary??

I haven't notcied POI on any of the flintlocks I own or owned in the past... with a clean barrel or a fouled.

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I've been doing it for almost 40 years. No problems. And how would fouling a bore effect the frizen and touch hole? last time I checked the bore had nothing to do with the ignition.

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i shoot a pa conical 240 gr. no patched ball, just wondered if it was necessary or not. thanks for your advice

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i shoot a pa conical 240 gr. no patched ball, just wondered if it was necessary or not. thanks for your advice
I shoot the same out of my Lyman, and no, not in my experience.

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Re: Fouling out necessary??

If you are running a few patches down between shots it is possible that a fouling shot might not really make much difference any ways. I personally would not do it for hunting unless my accuracy was really bad without it, because it means you have to clean you gun when you get back plus your gun has the chance to be rusting the whole day your hunting.
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